The Senate is the academic policy making body of Ryerson University. The Senate consists of 51 elected representatives of the faculty, librarians, students and alumni, and 18 ex-officio members of the administration, including the Chancellor. Senate is chaired by the President.
The Senate has passed a number of Senate Policies approved by Academic Council that guide academic procedures. Please look below for the most relevant policies related to academic advocacy and appeals or click the link above to view the full list of policies.
If you have any questions about university policy or procedures, please contact the RSU Student Issues & Advocacy Coordinator. The RSU is here to help you understand, recommend and advocate for better academic policy at Ryerson University.
Ryerson University's Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities approved April 1, 2003.
List of student rights and responsibilities approved by Academic Council - NOTE: the approved list is not limited to the specified rights and responsibilities, and does not include the specific requirements for courses, or the normal obligations students and faculty have for course work.
Policy 61 focuses on legislating what students are condoned to do outside the academic sphere of the university. The policy attempts to legislate additional laws and regulations on top of legislation applied by governments. Policy 61 has come under scrutiny in its attempt to stifle free speech and actions that the university deems reflects poorly on the institution. The policy indicates that it exists more so for education on institutional principles, but also indicates procedures similar to Policy 60 for filing, reviewing and appealing non-academic misconducts.
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Policy 134 focuses on establishing terms, conditions, responsibilities and processes for undergraduate academic consideration and appeals. The policy is broken into two sections: one, the specific policy which addresses the foundations of academic consideration and the primary factors of the appeals process for grade and standing appeals; and two, the procedures that indicates the process, responsibilities and technicalities of the appeals process.
Policy 145 provides a framework of common understanding for students, faculty and staff concerning the structures, processes, objectives and requirements that pertain to Ryerson undergraduate courses. The policy sets standards for course outlines, assessment and feedback frameworks, and academic accommodation grounds, among other items.
Policy 152 focuses on establishing terms, conditions, responsibilities and processes for graduate academic consideration and appeals. The policy is broken into three sections: one, academic consideration processes; two, the academic appeals process; and three, the processes to dismiss appeals.
Policy 46: Policy on Undergraduate Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing ("GPA Policy") deals with establishing minimum standards for overall academic performance, determining eligibility to graduate, and providing guidelines on academic standing that uses uniform definitions and categories.
Policy 135: Examination Policy deals with the infrastructure, invigilation responsibilities, student behaviour, and other aspects of the examination process for examinations held on campus. This document is divided into distinct sections that outline responsibilities and roles of various stakeholders. Each section is divided into two subsets, the first entitled General Policy, outlines responsibilities and roles pertaining to all types of examinations, and the second, entitled Final Exam Specific Responsibilities, identifies additional responsibilities specific to the final exam process.
Policy 150: Accommodation of Student Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance indicates the guidelines for the academic accommodations for student religious, Aboriginal and spiritual observance. The policy is in place to ensure access to learning while maintaining the integrity of course content and objectives, and ensuring fairness for all students.
Policy 159: Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities indicates the guidelines for the academic accommodations for students with disabilities. The policy is in place to ensure access to learning while maintaining the integrity of course content and objectives, and ensuring fairness for all students.