The Academic Appeals Committee serves three functions:
- To hear and consider appeals made by students against decisions of faculty, college or school councils (or committees thereof) in the application of academic regulations and requirements. Decisions of the Academic Appeals Committee are final.
- To advise the Academic Board on policy with respect to academic appeals throughout The University and on Divisional appeal procedures.
- To determine detailed procedures in its own operations.
The ADFG Office is responsible for managing the administration of the Academic Appeals Committee. This flowchart is provided by the university.
The University Tribunal functions in accordance with the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters and is comprised of two divisions
1. The Trial Division, which is also referred to as the University Tribunal.
2. The Appeal Division, which is also referred to as the Discipline Appeals Board.
Decisions of the Tribunal (the Trial Division) can be appealed to the Discipline Appeals Board.
The University Tribunal, in addition to reporting to the Academic Board regarding policy and procedures in respect of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, also recommends to the Governing Council that certain sanctions be imposed against students found guilty of academic misconduct.
There are also Rules of Practice and Procedure which outline some processes.
The ADFG Office does not handle Divisional matters. If your matter has not been referred to the Provost, and formal charges have not been laid, you should contact your Registrar. For more information on Divisional procedures, please see the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters or please refer to the At the Faculty/Division section of the website. See also this flowchart.
The Code of Student Conduct defines behaviours that endanger the health, safety, rights or property of its members or visitors, or that adversely affect the property of the University where such conduct is not, for the University’s defined purposes, adequately regulated by civil and criminal law.
Nothing in the Code of Student Conduct shall be construed to prohibit peaceful assemblies and demonstrations, lawful picketing, or to inhibit freedom of speech as defined in the University.
Decisions of a Hearing Officer can be appealed to the Discipline Appeals Board.
Under the Code, the Vice-President & Provost may impose what are known as Interim Measures. These occur if a serious threat of violent behaviour exists, and they may involve a suspension of a student for up to three working days while a preliminary investigation takes place. The suspension is not a determination of guilt and the University must review the suspension within the three-day suspension period, following the preliminary investigation, and either revoke or continue the suspension. If the suspension is continued, an appeal from the University’s decision can be made through the ADFG Office to the Senior Chair (or delegate), or the Associate Chair (or delegate) of the University Tribunal. See flowchart.