There are two ways of opposing a grade or notified failure: a procedure at EPFL, called request for reassessment, and a procedure outside of EPFL, through the Commission de recours interne des EPF, called appeal.
The costs are charged ahead of the procedure by EPFL and the appeals authority. They are refunded only if the student’s claim succeeds.
The deadline to start these procedures is within 10 days for the request for reassessment and within 30 days for the appeal. Both deadlines are calculated from the reception, at the address given by the student, of the grade or notified failure (transcripts sent by post).
Before you start one or the other of these procedures, we strongly recommend that you read our webpage about withdrawing from exams as well as the texts regulating EPFL studies with great care. Without any grounded and verifiable motive, your request as no chance of succeeding. In case of doubt, do not hesitate to get more information from the lawyers at the Educational Affairs of from the Student Services Desk.
We also remind you that according to the Ordonnance sur le contrôle des études à l’EPFL (art. 15), every student is allowed to consult his copy within six months of the communication of the result. It is always useful and productive to review one’s copy: this enables you to get an indication of the requirements of the course as well as of the topics to be studied further. To do so, please contact the teacher in charge of the subject and follow the consultation procedure put in place.
For more information, please consult the procedure for requesting a reassessment and appealing (PDF).