Student Academic Misconduct Appeals against decision of Academic Conduct Officer

Student academic misconduct appeals are initiated by the student in accordance with Regulation D4, Code of Practice

The purpose of the academic misconduct appeals process is to allow all students to appeal against decisions of Academic Conduct Officers.

What are the grounds for appeal?

Appeals may only be made on one or both of the following grounds:

i) procedural irregularity in the conduct of the original investigations of the Academic Conduct Officer;

ii) exceptional circumstances, providing that these circumstances can be substantiated and there is a valid reason why these were not made known at the time.

What is the deadline for submitting an appeal?

You  must submit your appeal in writing to the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Manager within 10 calendar days (not including University closed days or Bank Holidays, but including weekends) from date of the letter sent to you informing you of the decision of the Academic Conduct Officer. With your appeal should be sent any supporting evidence.

What happens once an appeal has been submitted?

Appeals will be considered first by the Head of Academic Quality and Student Conduct and one of the members of the Academic Misconduct Committee not previously involved in the case. This is called the 'sifting' stage of the process. It consists of an initial assessment of readily available documentation, including your submission, information on the Student Record System and the paperwork considered by the Academic Misconduct Committee. If it is clear that that there is no case (i.e. you have not fulfilled one or both of the grounds case for the appeal to be considered), the appeal will be rejected and you will be informed of the decision. The Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Manager will so advise you in writing, stating the reasons why. If there is a case for appeal, a meeting of the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee will be convened and you will be invited to attend.

You will be given no less than 7 calendar days’ notice of the date, time and location of the hearing.  

The membership of the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee will be different to the original Committee membership when the appeal is heard.

Which Form should I use to submit an appeal?

The form for all students to submit an appeal can be downloaded here - Academic Misconduct Appeal Form‌.

With the form are detailed guidance notes on how to fill the form in.

If you require the form or any other materials in an alternative format, please let us know. On request we can provide you with an electronic copy, enlarged print on coloured paper, audio recordings or Braille. 

Who can I go to for advice?

Independent advice on making an appeal can be obtained from:

Advice & Support at Keele, Students’ Union

Tel: 01782 734800 



If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Team.

Where do I submit an appeal?

The appeal should be emailed, posted or hand delivered to the Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Team.  In order to assist the team in processing appeals as quickly as possible, it would be preferable if you sent your appeal by email to Please note that appeals will only be accepted electronically if they have been emailed from your Keele email account. 

If it is not possible to email the appeal and/or supporting documents the appeal should be posted to:


Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Manager

Student and Academic Services

Tawney Building

Keele University





If the appeal is sent by post it is recommended that you use a recorded delivery service. If the appeal is sent by post it is recommended that you use a recorded delivery service. The University may require you to submit proof of postage (available free from the Post Office in the UK) to confirm your appeal was submitted by the deadline.