Admission Appeals Process

1.The Admissions Appeals Process may be availed of by a direct entry applicant who seeks admission to a programme of study and/or research offered by the University. "Direct entry applicant" refers to an applicant who seeks admission to the University by a non-CAO route. The "relevant Admissions Office" (section (i) of the Admissions Appeals Procedure) includes, but is not limited to, the following: the Undergraduate Admissions Office; the Postgraduate Admissions Office; Access Office; International Education Division; Lifelong Learning and Outreach.

2.The Admissions Appeal Committee established by the VPA&R shall comprise of three faculty members who were not directly involved in the decision that is under appeal. Where practicable, at least one such member shall be an expert in the discipline or disciplines that make up the programme to which the applicant has sought admission.

3.The Admissions Appeal Committee shall consider the grounds of appeal advanced by the applicant in his or her letter of appeal together with the reasons given for not admitting him or her. The Admissions Appeal Committee shall meet not later than one calendar month from receipt of the written appeal and it shall provide a reasoned decision to the applicant and the relevant Admissions Office.

4.Where an applicant appeals a decision of the Admissions Appeal Committee the President will appoint an external independent person to adjudicate the appeal. Where practicable, the external independent person shall hold an academic position and shall be an expert discipline or disciplines that make up the programme to which the applicant sought admission.

5.Where practicable, the appeal process should be concluded in timely manner such that an applicant who is successful will be in a position to commence his or her studies when the programme is next offered. To this end, the University shall endeavour to initiate its admissions processes in a manner that will allow sufficient time to exhaust the Admissions Appeal Process. In the event that it is not possible or practicable for a successful applicant to commence his or her studies when the programme is next offered a place shall be reserved for him or her on that programme in the following academic year.

The Admissions Appeals Process that was adopted by Academic Council at its meeting of 30 March 2008, is available from the web link below. 

http://www2.ul.ie/web/WWW/Services/Student_Affairs/Student_Administration/Admissions/Appeals_Process/Appeals_Process

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