Appeals & Procedures

Procedures Regarding Appeals for Re-Checks and Reviews

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s Assessment Re-Check, Review and Appeals Policy governing appeals for re-check and review of examination and assessment material are compliant with QQI Assessment and Standards (2013).

Definitions:

  • Re-check: The administrative operation of re-checking the recording and addition of marks for a module or stage.
  • Review: The detailed re-consideration of the assessment decision of all or part of the examined material by both internal and external examiners.

Application for a re-check must be made on the Re-Check and Review Application Form. The completed form must be emailed to officeoftheregistrar@carlowcollege.ie. A request for a re-check must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar not later than five working days after the examination results have been issued. Only a completed form, signed by the candidate, will be considered. A fee of €20 per module will be charged for the re-check that will be refunded to the candidate in the event that the re-check results in a positive upward change in mark. This fee can be paid here.

The result of the re-check will be communicated to the student by the Office of the Registrar. There is no appeal process for a re-check.

Application for a review must be made on the Re-check and Review Application Form. The completed form, along with any supporting, documentary evidence, must be emailed to officeoftheregistrar@carlowcollege.ie. A request for a review must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar not later than five working days after the examination results have been issued. Only a completed form, signed by the candidate, will be considered. A fee of €70 per module will be charged for the review that will be refunded to the candidate in the event that the review results in a positive upward change in mark. This fee can be paid here.

Applications must specify the grounds on which the review is sought.

Applications must specify the grounds on which the review is sought. The following are considered valid grounds for a review:

  1. That there were compassionate or extenuating circumstances that may have affected the results which were not known at the time of assessment and which were not considered by the Board of Examiners.
  2. That evaluation of assessed material was erroneous and did not comply with the published grading criteria.
  3. One or more of the results was significantly out of sequence with other components assessed within or across modules.
  4. That there were procedural or administrative errors in the assessment or the examination process or the processing of assessment results.

Note that an application by a candidate on the basis that a result in all, or in part, was below their projected expectation may not be considered as reasonable ground for a review.

The re-check and review can result in one of the following outcomes:

a) Grade remains unchanged          b) Grade is increased          c) Grade is decreased

In the case of b) and c) the Registrar and/or Programme Director will arrange for the amendment of the result on the broadsheet and SRMS system.

Re-Check: The result of a re-check will be communicated to the learner by the Office of the Registrar within two working days of the receipt of the application.

Review: The result of the review will be communicated to the learner by the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible and certainly before the date for repeat examinations and repeat assessment submission. Learners who have requested a review of a module which they have failed, should register for repeat examinations and/or prepare for reassessment of material. prior to the sitting of a repeat examination or the opportunity to present material for reassessment. Candidates who are appealing a failed mark should register for repeat examinations and/or prepare for reassessment of material.

Re-check: There is no appeal process for a re-check.

Review: A student can appeal the decision from the Review within five working days from the receipt of the notification of the outcome of the review. The appeal should take the form of a letter sent to the Registrar or his/her nominee stating the reasons for the appeal. The reasons stated and the supporting evidence cannot be the same reasons provided at the review stage. The Registrar will appoint a sub-group of Academic Council to consider the appeal.

Students who wish to appeal the decision of the review process will incur an additional €70 fee per module which will be refunded to the candidate in the event that the appeal results in a positive upward change in mark.

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