King's may remove students from their programme of study for failure to make sufficient academic progress. Such removal may be temporary, e.g. for one semester, or permanent, i.e. the student’s registration will be terminated. The G28 Academic Progress Regulation set out the procedures in this area.
Office of the Independent Adjudicator
A student may appeal against the decision to terminate their studies. An appeal must be submitted on a Progression Appeal Form to Student Conduct & Appeals within 10 working days of the written notification of removal.
In accordance with the G28 Regulation, the Principal will allow an appeal to be heard, if s/he is satisfied that one or both of the following grounds are met:
(a) That new information is to hand which could not have been made available for consideration by the Faculty at or before the time the decision to remove was taken, and sufficient evidence remains that the appeal warrants further consideration;
(b) There is evidence of significant administrative or procedural error, including error relating to sufficient written notice to the student and student compliance with the conditions of written notice, made at or before the time the decision to remove was taken, and sufficient evidence remains that the appeal warrants further consideration;
(c) There are other grounds considered applicable by the Principal, including compassion.
The Principal will determine whether the criteria for an appeal have been met. Where they have, an Appeal Committee will be convened; otherwise the appeal will be dismissed. This decision will normally be communicated within 30 working days of receipt of the appeal.
Where an Appeal Committee is convened, the student shall normally receive at least 10 working days' notice of the hearing, and will be invited to present their case to the Panel. The Committee will determine whether there is sufficient reason to challenge the original decision to withdraw; where it concludes such reason is present, it can set aside the original decision and replace it with one of its own, or refer the case back to the relevant Faculty, with commentary, for re-consideration. The decision of the Committee will normally be communicated to the student and relevant staff within 7 days of the decision.
Further guidance about Committee procedures can be found here.