Appeals have a hierarchal structure. This allows students to have an opportunity to file multiple appeals without having to worry about the timeline of one appeal’s effect on another appeal. The hierarchy exists as follows:
- Academic Misconduct Appeals will often take priority when multiple appeals are filed. The justification for this hierarchy is that the effect of an Academic Misconduct case will sometimes affect a tabled Grade Appeal. Thus, the Grade Appeal will only be addressed once the decision of the Academic Misconduct Appeal has been finalized.
- Automatic Meeting Misconduct Appeals occur when a student receives two Disciplinary Notes (DN), or is recommended for Disciplinary Suspension (DS), Disciplinary Withdrawal (DW), or Expulsion. An Automatic Hearing is not scheduled until outstanding Academic Misconduct Appeals are finalized.
- Grade Appeals will often be the next priority. The result of a successful or unsuccessful Grade Appeal will usually affect the status of a Standing Appeal.
- Standing Appeals are often addressed after all other appeals have been addressed.
- Senate-level Appeals will sometimes include combined academic misconduct, grade or standing appeals. You must indicate all the pending appeals on a Senate-level Appeal Form.
General Notes On Filing Multiple Appeals
- In all cases, if claims of Discrimination or Harassment occur under the purview of the Ontario Human Rights Code, all appeals will be postponed until an investigation is conducted by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).
- The appeals process is not meant to be abused. Appeals should be filed when relevant grounds exist. That being said, as a student you have the right to appeal academic misconduct charges, grades and standings.
- While the process can be prolonged, students have the right to enrol in courses and continue academic pursuits until a decision has been made regarding the appeal. However, upon an appeal being denied, the University may or may not take actions to withdraw enrolment or refund fees based on when the charges, grades or standings were made.
- When submitting multiple appeals, ensure that each recipient of the appeal is aware of the submission of other appeals. For instance, if there is a submission of a grade (ie. SOC201) and standing appeal (in Social Work), ensure that the Department of Social Work is aware of the grade appeal in the Department of Sociology, and vice-versa.
- These are general principles and procedures. Remember that staff and faculty are humans and that procedures are sometimes overlooked. When in doubt, ask questions or contact the Student Issues & Advocacy Coordinator or Office of the Ombudsperson when you feel that procedures are not being followed.
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