Students can appeal a grade, an accusation of a scholastic offence, an academic accommodation decision, or their progression in their program. Before you start an appeal, however, you should try to understand how you ended up in this situation. This tactic is vital as it can help you see the problem from a third party perspective and find proof for the unfairness
you are trying to appeal.
An appointment with the Ombudsperson is recommended to make you aware of your options and steps to take in starting an appeal. The FAQs below go into specifics regarding a variety of circumstances, but if you don't see your problem listed, don't be afraid to contact the Ombudsperson. If for some reason we can't help you, we'll do our best to redirect you to someone who can.
Scholastic offences can seriously hinder a student's academic career, whether you're accused of cheating on an exam or improperly citing a source. The Ombudsperson has created the Cheating, Plagiarism and Other Scholastic Offences
guide to help students both a) avoid committing a scholastic offence and b) appeal the ruling of one when you believe you are innocent.
Accommodation requests can be denied for a variety of reasons. If your accommodation request wasn’t granted, it’s imperative that you try to understand the logic behind the decision and see if a compromise can be reached. Short conversations with the Ombudsperson, Services for Students with Disabilities
, your academic counsellor or your professor can reveal the reason why the request was denied.
If you find the reasons unsatisfactory, you can appeal the decision with the help of the Ombudsperson. In addition, you can refer to the Guide for Students with Disabilities
and the Writing an Effective Appeal or Request Letter
guide for more information to get a head start.
There are multiple levels of appeal that a student can go through. Ideally, you want to deal with the lowest level possible to resolve the issue but that always isn't an option.
Sometimes an appeal needs to be escalated to the final level: The Senate Review Board Academic (SRBA). If you're feeling lost or overwhelmed, you can read the guide about Appealing to the SRBA
and contact the Ombudsperson to better understand the options available to you.
The Ombudsperson is here for students who need help with the appeals process, but some may want additional support from friends, family, or legal representatives. The Agents and Colleagues
guide outlines a student's options regarding outside help or representation in their appeal.