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If, however, the Accreditation Committee upholds the
            5. Appeals                                          original decision then the institution has the right of
                                                                appeal as described below.
                                                                An institution wishing to appeal against rejection of
           5.1 Introduction                                     its application for accreditation after the Stage 2 visit
                                                                and subsequent review (as described above) or after
          It is recognised by ASIC that institutions which have   the Stage 3 inspection visit, or against withdrawal of its
          been refused accreditation or which have had their    accreditation for whatever reason, with exceptions such
          accreditation withdrawn or suspended should have      as deliberately providing false information, may request a
          access to a fair and expeditious appeals process.     hearing by an Appeals Committee of ASIC. The Appeals
                                                                Committee will comprise members of the Accreditation
          If the Accreditation Committee decides to refuse or
          withdraw accreditation, the Head of Accreditation will   Committee and/ or Inspectors who were not involved
          contact the institution within ten working days informing   in the original decision. The appellant should submit
          the Principal of the decision and the reasons for it and,   a statement setting out the grounds for the appeal,
          furthermore, reminding him/her of the right of appeal.  together with any relevant additional documentation,
                                                                within fifteen working days of notification of the intention
          The Principal, or other appropriate representative of   to appeal. The Appeals Committee will then endeavour
          the institution, should submit an appeal within a further   to meet not later than fifteen working days after receipt
          ten working days of receipt of the notification of the   of the appeal.
          Accreditation Committee’s decision. If the appeal is   The institution has the right to be represented at the
          made by an accredited institution, then accreditation will   meeting, which will also be attended by the Chair of the
          remain in place until the appeals process is completed.   Accreditation Committee.
          ASIC reserves the right to withdraw accreditation with
          or without appeal. In particular, the right of appeal will   The Appeals Committee may decide to:
          be withdrawn if an institution is found to be guilty of   • dismiss the appeal
          deliberately providing false information.
                                                                • order a new inspection of the institution at ASIC’s
           5.2 Procedure                                         expense,
                                                                • instruct the Accreditation Committee to grant or
          If the institution’s application for accreditation is rejected   restore accreditation
          after the Stage 2 accreditation visit, the Principal may
          request that the report of the inspection visit should be
          reviewed and that additional documentation, responding   The Chair of the Appeals Committee will submit a report
          to the reasons for rejection, may be submitted.       of the meeting to the Chief Executive of ASIC giving
                                                                the grounds for the decision and making any other
          Members of the Accreditation Committee, who were      recommendations which the Accreditation Committee
          not present at the original meeting which rejected the   should consider. The final decision rests with the Appeals
          application, will review the report and consider any new   Committee after which there is no further right of appeal.
                                                                There is an initial fee to be paid if an institution chooses
          If the Accreditation Committee upholds the appeal, then   to make an appeal (see Section 7.8), which will be
          the accreditation process will proceed to Stage 3.    refunded if the appeal is successful.

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