16 August 2019
By Email: [FYI request #10780 email]
Dear Ms Roe,
Please find the following answers to your Official Information Act Request of 21 July 2019.
1) Do students who have been declined from MB ChB or Dentistry or Physiotherapy year 2 applications
have the right to obtain information about why the University of Otago thinks it is justified in declining
Yes, pursuant to section 22 (Right of access to internal rules affecting decisions) and section 23 (Right of
access by person to reasons for decisions affecting that person) of the Official Information Act 1982.
2) If students do have the right to obtain information / lodge appeal that the grounds for their not
obtaining a place is il egitimate somehow, then what is the process for appeal?
As per Section 6 in the Appeals Statue 2011, the process to lodge an appeal involves contacting the
University of Otago Registrar and Secretary to Council with appropriate paperwork, within 10 working
days of the communication to the student of the decision appealed against or sought to be appealed
In a case requesting a review of an admission decision, the process would involve seeking leave to
3) If the University does not fol ow appeal process in reasonable times (whatever reasonable times are
according to 2)) then what is the process for review of appeal?
Although the Appeals Statute 2011 does not state a time for dealing with the appeal the University takes
timeliness in handling complaints and appeals seriously and endeavours to attend to them in an
appropriate timeframe. It is important to note that different appeals have different levels of complexity
and will therefore take different amounts of time.
The appeal process is the final process for review of decisions within the University.
Manager, Policy and Compliance, Office of the Registrar