Appeal of Assessment Result

Student Appeal Process

The Assessment Appeals Board convenes as necessary after assessment periods scheduled in the academic calendar. An appeal may result in one of the following outcomes: grade unchanged, grade increased, grade decreased, grade deferred.The decision of the Board meeting will be sent to the student within five working days. If the appeal is successful, the appeal fee is refunded.
Before a student submits an appeal:
After provisional results have been published, students can discuss these with their programme coordinator or other appropriate staff.  The aim is to understand these results and provide guidance for students in the future.  This early communication can provide useful clarification and feedback and may help to inform a student’s decision on whether to proceed or not with an appeal. However, once an appeal is submitted to the Registrar’s Office, it is no longer appropriate for a student to consult with faculty staff about the appeal lodged.
Viewing of students’ scripts:
Where applicable, a student may initially decide to make a request to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs to view their scripts.  This relates only to programmes where written assessment sessions take place.  Under the Freedom of Information Act, students are entitled to access and view their scripts.  However, to ensure applications to view scripts are processed within the appeal deadline date, specific dates for viewing scripts are scheduled each year by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.  Three full days are set aside, commencing one day after formal publication of results and ending the day before the appeal submission deadline. For practice based programmes, students may decide to review their student assessment feedback sheets, which are kept on their student files in the Faculty Office.
If a student decides to make an appeal:

Appeal fees are €25 per module, up to a maximum of €100 per sitting. This fee can be paid online via
When drafting an appeal, students should endeavour to moderate the language of their submission to reflect the facts around their specific case, and avoid inappropriate references, generalisations, anecdotal third party hearsay or personalised comments. Complaints against an individual should not form part of the appeal. If a student wants to make a complaint against a staff member or another student, they should refer in the first instance to the IADT Complaints Procedures and/or the IADT Mutual Respect Policy (both on IADT website).
Students may wish to contact the Student Union for support and advice on how to proceed with an appeal.  

Appeals will not be accepted unless the student has signed the appeal form and paid the appropriate fee.  Forms are available from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, or can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
The form, along with a printout of the email proving payment of the appeal fee online and any supporting documentation, should be lodged with the Office of Academic and Student Affairs within five working days of the formal (online) publication of results.  This deadline will be strictly adhered to. Third party appeals will not be accepted.

What the Appeal Board does not do

The Assessment Appeals Board does not attempt to replicate the assessment functions of an Assessors Board and, as a consequence, does not involve itself in re-assessing any assessment elements of a student’s work.  Therefore, it is requested that you do not include any assessment materials such as dissertations, essays, programs or reports, with your appeal submission, as they will not be considered.

Grounds for an Appeal of an assessment
A student who wishes to lodge an appeal may do so on a limited number of grounds. The student must clearly identify the module(s) and the elements for which the appeal is being made.  The application must specify the grounds on which the appeal is sought and must contain all information that the student requires to have taken into account in the appeal. 
1. A student believes they were adversely affected by an irregularity in how the assessment was conducted.

2. They believe they were adversely affected by an administrative error, resulting in an incorrect grade being recorded on the student database

3. They believe that due process was not followed, and seek verification that their work was assessed in accordance with IADT procedures, and that the process was fair and consistent.  

4. They believe they were adversely affected by factors which the Assessment Board was unaware of when making its decision, e.g. personal or medical reasons.
Appeals on the Grounds of Medical/Personal/Extenuating Circumstances
An appeal may be made on the grounds of medical, personal or extenuating circumstances.  However, these are not in themselves grounds for changing a grade.  Students may at the discretion of the Appeals Board be allowed to resubmit at the next exam period as a first sitting.

  • In the event of illness during an assessment period, a student may lodge an appeal.  An appeal on medical grounds must be supported by appropriate, signed and dated medical certification on headed paper.  
  • An appeal on personal grounds, e.g., relating to personal difficulties, must be supported by documentary evidence provided by a recognised professional (e.g. psychologist, counsellor, etc.).  Documentary evidence provided must be legible and stamped by the relevant professional. 
  • A student seeking an appeal on the grounds of extenuating circumstances relating to other factors such as the death of a relative or other incident, must submit written evidence; for example, a death notification or Garda report.

Appeal to the President 

In exceptional circumstances, a student may challenge the findings of the Assessment Appeal Board by initiating an appeal to the President.  Such an appeal should be lodged as soon as possible, but no later than ten working days after the student has received the decision of the Assessment Appeals Board; this is to ensure minimum disruption to a student’s continuing studies.
To initiate an Appeal to the President, a student must show substantial grounds for disputing the findings of the Assessment Appeals Board, e.g. evidence of faulty procedure on the part of the Assessment Appeals Board, clear conflict of interest on the part of a member (or members) of the Appeals Board or significant new evidence which was not available to or considered by the Appeals Board. An Appeal to the President is a very serious undertaking and should only be entered into if the student believes that the Assessment Appeals Board did not discharge its duty properly. An Appeal to the President should not be initiated solely on the grounds that a student does not agree with the decision of the Assessment Appeals Board.