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Special Cases Committee (Senate)

On behalf of Senate to take final decisions on all cases referred to it under Regulations 2, 5 and 6 and Ordinance 8. This includes regulations on assessment; regulations regarding procedures for students on taught and research programmes; and exemptions from part of a programme of study in the University. The SCC deals with student cases where progression is not as expected, and handles student appeals.

Chair and members

Chair

  • Professor M Bentley, Physics

Deputy Chair 

  •  Dr J Goldberg, History
Members

Nineteen* members appointed by Senate, at least one of whom should be a member of Senate

  • Dr S Hellmuth, Linguistics to serve until 31 July 2020 (Appeals Chair)
  • Dr L Baxter, Management to serve until 31 July 2018
  • Dr M Cockett, Chemistry to serve until 31 July 2018 (Appeals Chair)
  • Dr J Goldberg, History to serve until 31 July 2018 (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr K Gorton, Theatre, Film and Television to serve until 31 July 2018
  • Dr C Skinner, Social Policy and Social Work to serve until 31 July 2018
  • Dr B Lee, Philosophy to serve until 31 July 2018
  • Dr J Nuechterlein, History of Art to serve until 31 July 2018
  • Dr S Olive, Education to serve until 31 July 2018
  • Dr F Polack, Computer Science to serve until 31 July 2018** (Appeals Chair) 
  • Professor T Stoneham, Philosophy to serve until 31 July 2018 (Deputy Chair, Research students)
  • Dr K Asbury, Education to serve until 31 July 2019
  • Mrs P Broadley, Health Sciences to serve until 31 July 2019
  • Dr P Cox, Hull York Medical School/Archaeology to serve until 31 July 2019
  • Dr L Haagh, Politics to serve until 31 July 2019
  • Professor P Johnson, Sociology to serve until 31 July 2019
  • Professor T Lightfoot, Health Sciences to serve until 31 July 2019
  • Professor J Swaffield, Economics to serve until 31 July 2019**

*One vacancy

**denotes member of Senate

Agendas and minutes

  • Mr R Simpson, Student Services

In attendance

Senior member of Student Services, or deputising senior colleague (at full Committee hearings if required)

Terms of reference

  1. On behalf of Senate to take final decisions on all cases referred to it under Regulations 2, 5 and 6 and Ordinance 8 of the University Ordinances and Regulations and in particular to decide cases relating to students where:

    (a) a proposed variation in the normal pattern of registration or progression for a University qualification is recommended
    (b) accreditation of prior learning or exemption from a prescribed period of study not covered by the Accrediation of Prior Learning (APL) policy is recommended
    (c) progression is not as expected
    (d) the award of an aegrotat degree is proposed
     
  2. In cases of academic misconduct to consider, where required, recommendations from Boards of Studies or Graduate Schools Boards.
  3. To consider appeals by students against decisions of Boards of Studies, Boards of Examiners, Departmental Exceptional Circumstances Committees or decisions taken by Chair's action by the Chair or their nominee, affecting students' academic progress.
  4. To decide any other special cases referred to the Committee by Boards of Studies, Graduate Schools Boards, Standing Committee on Assessment, or by Senate.
  5. To monitor and review statistical information on the cases within the Committee's purview, and to report annually to Senate.
  6. To report to Senate following each of its meetings, where appropriate.
  7. To have regard at all times to principles of equity, fairness and transparency and to bear in mind relevant Equality and Diversity, confidentiality and data protection policies and legislation.

Notes

  1. The hearing of appeals procedure is defined formally by Regulations 2.8 and 6.7 of the University Ordinances and Regulations.
  2. The Committee deals with all students.
  3. The Chair, Deputy Chair, Appeals Chair or Chair's nominee, has discretion to decide on cases, as appropriate, without reference to the full Committee on the understanding that actions taken by the Chair are reviewed by another member of the Committee and reported to the next meeting of the Committee. 
  4. Leave of absence will normally be limited to a total of four years for any degree. Recommendations for leave of absence beyond this will be considered by the full Committee.
  5. A full hearing of the Committee will be considered quorate provided a minimum of three members are present.
  6. Former members of the Committee are permitted to be part of a panel hearing cases if called upon to do in exceptional circumstances and provided that only one such person takes part in any one hearing.
  7. New members of the Committee are permitted to attend hearings in an observing capacity, in addition to the panel selected to hear the case, in order to become familiar with the hearing process.

Who to contact

  • Student Hub
    Market Square
    Tel: 01904 324140
    scc@york.ac.uk
  • Office hours: Undergraduate Term Time 9am - 5pm (Monday to Friday);                         All Other Times 10am - 4pm (Monday to Friday)