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Durham University

Curriculum, Learning and Assessment

Academic Appeals and Academic Misconduct

The Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service administers University-level appeals, and institutional disciplinary processes resulting from academic misconduct (e.g. plagiarism, examination irregularities). Further Information, and support, is available from:

Appeals & Academic Misconduct Senior Manager (Appeals and Misconduct)
Name Role Email
Sam Graham Senior Manager (Appeals and Misconduct)
Vicky Parrish Ceremonies Manager
Anna McDonagh Administrator

The Student Conduct Office administers University-level complaints, and institutional disciplinary processes resulting from non-academic and behavioural misconduct, including allegations of sexual misconduct and violence. For further information please see the following webpage or contact the Student Conduct Office at


An academic appeal is a request for a formal review of an academic decision of the University. Relevant information regarding the appeals process is provided below.

  • Appeals Process Flowchart
  • Academic Appeals Regulations 

  • University Faculty Appeals Proforma (to be used for a first appeal):
  • University Senate Academic Appeals Committee Proforma (to be used after an original faculty appeal has been turned down):
    • Appeals relating to academic decisions made in the 2020-2021 academic year doc
    • Appeals relating to academic decisions made in the 2021-2022 academic year doc
  • Access Requests - information on requesting access to personal information held by the University

+Academic Misconduct

Details regarding Academic Misconduct can be found in the Learning and Teaching Handbook

+Code of Practice on Student Behaviour in Appeals and Complaints Matters

We are committed to dealing with complainants fairly and impartially and to providing a high quality service when investigating appeals and complaints. However we do not expect Durham University staff to tolerate unacceptable behaviour. Therefore this Code of practice sets out the University’s approach to the relatively few complainants or appellants whose actions or behaviour we consider to be unacceptable. Consequently, this code of practice should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Regulation VII Academic Appeals and the University’s Complaints Procedure for Students, both of which are to be found in Durham University Calendar Volume 1.

+Admissions Complaints

Durham University aims to provide a high standard and quality of service for applicants and to deliver an admissions process that is consistent, fair and professional, but recognises that occasionally things may go wrong. As part of its commitment to enhancing the applicant experience, we have established a procedure to deal with complaints from applicants in a fair and transparent manner. Please see

+Sources of Help

The University encourages all students to seek advice and guidance prior to or while involved in University procedures. It may not always be appropriate for some staff to provide advice and guidance if they are involved in those procedures. Members of staff are not normally able to advocate for students engaged in formal processes and should refer students to the Students’ Union for advocacy support. Staff can help to make sure you understand and follow the procedures as well as the timelines for initiating them.

You can seek assistance from the following sources:

The Durham Student's Union (SU) Advice Service

The SU is independent of the University and offers procedural advice and advocacy services (including representation and/or support) to students on a range of matters.

To speak to an adviser, please complete the online enquiry form using the 'Get in Touch' button at

College and Societies

Student Support Officers from your colleges or society can offer assistance to help you to understand University procedures. You may wish to let your College or Society know you intend to submit an appeal or complaint to the University as they may hold important information you need. You may also wish to seek advice in dealing with an allegation of misconduct or a breach of University regulations.

Contact information for your colleges is available from:

Academic Departments

For some procedures, members of your academic department (e.g. academic advisor, level tutor) may be able to provide assistance in relation to academic matters or processes.

Contact information for your academic department is available from:

+Office of the Independent Adjudicator

  • The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) is an independent body established by law to investigate student complaints. If the University is unable to resolve your complaint or appeal and you are a current or very recent student of the University, you might be able to appeal to the OIA but you must contact them within TWELVE MONTHS of completing the University's internal complaints procedure. You can obtain details of the scheme either directly via the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, via the DSU Advice Centre or by telephoning the Office of the Academic Registrar on 0191 334 6136.