XII. Appeals

The FGS Student Appeals Committee (http://www.dal.ca/faculty/gradstudies/currentstudents/forms.html#appeals) hears appeals from decisions (or the refusal to make decisions) regarding academic standards or the application of the Faculty of Graduate Studies academic regulations made by FGS staff, deans or its representatives (e.g. Chairs of Doctoral Thesis Defences).

Students may bring an appeal when they believe there has been unfairness, including bias or irregularity in decision making.

12.1 Appeal Procedures

Students should first attempt to resolve their concerns informally with the person(s) that made the decision in question.

If the concern cannot be resolved informally, a student may appeal the decision in writing to the Chair of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Student Appeals Committee (Graduate.Studies@Dal.Ca) within 20 working days of the decision being conveyed to the student. The student must deliver a Notice of Appeal (http://www.dal.ca/faculty/gradstudies/currentstudents/forms.html#appeals) to the Chair that includes the following information:

  • a description of the exact nature of the appeal including a summary of events and chronology and any supporting arguments and evidence that the decision in question was unfair 
  • names of witnesses, if any, to be called at the hearing
  • any other relevant considerations
  • supporting letters, if applicable and
  • the requested resolution

The student has the right to be accompanied at the hearing by a support person or advocate.

12.2 Appeal of the Committee Decision

The student may appeal the decision of the Committee to the Senate Appeals Committee (http://www.dal.ca/dept/university_secretariat/university_senate/standing_committees/sac.html).

12.3 Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Student Appeals Committee does not extend to the following, each of which may be addressed through home Faculty Student Appeals Committees or other processes in the University:

  • decisions made by faculty members and/or academic administrators in home Faculties. These could include decisions related to course work, course examinations, qualifying and preliminary exams, comprehensive exams, thesis proposal defences and Master’s thesis defences.   
  • admissions decisions
  • scholarship, awards and bursary decisions
  • grade reassessments
  • requests to waive an academic regulation on a compassionate basis
  • allegations of academic or scholarly misconduct
  • allegations of non-academic misconduct
  • allegations of discrimination (including failure to provide reasonable accommodation)
  • allegations of professional unsuitability.