Calendar 2001-2002<University Policies
and Regulations<Petitions and Grade Reappraisals
Principles Regarding Grade Reappraisals
Students may, with sufficient academic grounds, request that a final
grade in a course be reappraised (which may mean the review of specific
pieces of tangible work). Non-academic grounds are not relevant
for grade reappraisals; in such cases, students are advised to petition
to their home Faculty. Students are normally expected to first contact
the course director to discuss the grade received and to request
that their tangible work be reviewed. Tangible work may include
written, graphic, digitized, modelled, video recording or audio
recording formats, but not oral work.
need to be aware that a request for a grade reappraisal may result
in the original grade being raised, lowered or confirmed.
In the event that students are still not satisfied with the final
grade OR the course director is not available to review the work,
they may submit in writing a formal request for a grade reappraisal
to the department or unit in which the course is offered*. The Senate
approved deadline for submitting grade reappraisals is within three
weeks of the release of final grade reports in any term. Exercising
discretion about minor delays in meeting the deadline which result
from slow mail delivery or extraordinary circumstances is reasonable.
exceptions are as follows:
Osgoode, Schulich, and the Faculty of Education the requests
for reappraisal are submitted to the office of the relevant
If the condition of sufficient academic grounds has been met, the
relevant department committee, Department Chair, Associate Dean
or Graduate/Undergraduate Program Director will be responsible for
ensuring that the work is reappraised by an appropriate faculty
member, ensuring anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser,
and for communicating the result of the reappraisal (including the
reappraiser's comments) and the route of appeal to both the student
and the course director. The reappraiser will be given the nature
of the assignment and the rationale for the original grade. It is
expected that every effort will be made to render the decision within
30 days of the reviewer having received the work.
Parties to the decision may appeal a negative decision on a request
for a reappraisal, or the result of the reappraisal itself to a
Faculty-level appeals committee in the Faculty in which the course
is offered (or, in the case of the Faculty of Graduate Studies,
to the Dean) only on the ground of procedural irregularity. Procedural
irregularity is defined as:
taken or not taken by a department, Faculty, Graduate program
its officers, committees, or members with respect to the previous
disposition of the case which violate or nullify one or all
of the following:
normal and written procedures of the University, Faculty, Graduate
program or department concerned;
consistency in the Faculty's, Graduate program's or department's
handling of cases substantially similar to that being appealed;
principles of equity, natural justice or fairness, whether or
not such violation occurred in accord with written or customary
procedures. Appeals based on allegations of these last procedural
irregularities should allege and demonstrate obvious bias or other
misbehaviour on the part of the officers or agents of the University
and for which redress was not provided by an authority which considered
the case prior to the appeal.
must be submitted within 21 days of notification of the decision.
Faculty committees may waive that deadline when special circumstances
are established by the appellant. No member of the Faculty committee
shall consider an appeal if s/he considered the matter at an earlier
level. At the discretion of the Faculty committee, the student and/or
the faculty member may be invited to meet with the Committee to
present his/her case orally. The Committee's decision will be taken
in camera and it is expected that parties will be informed of the
decision in writing within 30 days of the filing of the appeal.
Parties to the appeal at the Faculty-level may file an application
for leave to appeal the decision to the Senate Appeals Committee
(SAC) on the ground of procedural irregularity at the Faculty-level.
Applications for leave to appeal must be submitted within 21 days
of the notification of the Faculty decision. SAC may waive that
deadline when special circumstances are established by the appellant.
No member of SAC shall consider the application if s/he considered
the matter at an earlier level. As explained in the SAC procedures,
parties may appear before the Committee if leave to appeal is granted
to make oral submissions on the ground of procedural irregularity.
The Committee's decision will be taken in camera and it is expected
that the parties will be informed of the decision in writing within
30 days of the filing of the application.
Parties to the decision of the Senate Appeals Committee may apply
to the Committee to have the matter reconsidered if there is evidence
of procedural irregularity on the part of SAC. Applications must
be submitted within 21 days of the posting of the decision. SAC
reserves the right to waive this deadline in special circumstances.
Requests for reconsideration of a SAC decision will be considered
by a panel of SAC members who did not serve on the panel first hearing
the matter; it is expected that a decision will be rendered within
30 days of its submission.