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Examination appeals

How does it work in practice?

Deadline

Your appeal must be lodged within two weeks of the announcement of your exam result. In connection with oral exams, the deadline expires two weeks from the day you take the exam and receive your mark. In connection with written exams, the deadline expires two weeks after the day on which the assessment is announced. However, the calculation of the two-week period starts at the earliest from the date indicated for the announcement of the mark. 

Please notice that the processing time for an appeal is 1-2 months (July is not included). You have the right to continue your study in that periode and you can take your reexamination.

Writing skills and reasoning

It is your own responsibility to ensure that you have explained your reasons for the appeal in order to provide a sound basis for making a decision on your appeal. This means that you must provide a written account of what you are appealing about and why. You must take considerable care when stating your reasons. 

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact your student counsellor.

Appeals are sent to:

  • HE Studier
    Vennelyst Boulevard 9
    8000 Aarhus C
    You can also send your appeal by email to health.studadm@au.dk

1. Before you file an appeal

If following an examination process, you feel that you have been unfairly treated, you may be considering an appeal. Before you file an appeal, you should consider what you wish to achieve by appealing and whether this is possible.

If you are thinking about appealing the assessment of your exam, it may be a good idea to get the examiner's detailed evaluation of the assignment/assessment, before you file an appeal, as he/she can clarify where importance has been attached in the assessment. However, you should be aware that the examiner is not obliged to give you feedback on your assessment before the deadline for appeals.

 

If you have been to an oral examination, it is a good idea to have written down everything you can remember being said as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to save any notes from the preparation time.

2. What can an appeal achieve?

Appeals regarding examinations are handled in accordance with the rules set out in Part 8 of the Examination Order, which can be found in its full length (in Danish) at retsinformation (the Danish legal information system).

It is the university itself that makes decisions in exam appeals. The university may decide:

  1. To offer a new assessment (re-assessment); however, not in oral exams
  2. To offer a new exam (re-examination); or
  3. Not to find in favour of the complainant.

You should be aware that the assessment in case of a re-assessment or re-examination may result in a lower mark, and that you cannot appeal the new mark.

 

If the appeal concerns the assessors of the examination (e.g. in appeals about the assessment or examination process), a decision is made based on the assessors' statement, which you also have the opportunity to comment on.

3. What are the grounds for appeal?

You can appeal in regard to four circumstances:

  1. Legal issues
  2. The basis for examination (questions, assignments etc.)
  3. The examination process
  4. The assessment

Issue of authorisation to practice as a medical doctor

If you have a complaint/appeal that is being processed in connection with the Master’s degree programme in medicine, you will still be able to pledge the Hippocratic Oath, if you have passed your exams. However, the university cannot notify the Danish Health and Medicines Authority that the Master’s degree programme in medicine has been passed, and that the Hippocratic Oath has been pledged, before the complaint/appeal has been concluded. This means that the issuing of authorisation can be delayed.

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