1. Every faculty shall be required to have a Faculty Appeals Committee.
2. The Appeals Process - The student who is assessed an "F" grade for disciplinary reasons, placed on probation, suspended or expelled from a faculty, may appeal that decision to the appropriate Faculty Appeals Committee. The appeal, which must be initiated within fifteen calendar days of the date on the decision notification from the Dean (or designate), shall be in writing, addressed to the chairperson of the appropriate Faculty Appeals Committee, and shall state specifically (a) the decision which is being appealed, (b) the reasons for the appeal, (c) the remedy being sought. If a grade is being appealed, the appeal would be submitted to the Faculty Appeals Committee of the faculty offering the course. In the case of disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion, the appeal would be submitted to the faculty in which the student is registered.
The principles applicable to an appeal to a Faculty Appeals Committee are those of fairness as outlined in the principles and procedures governing the GFC Student Academic Appeals Committee available on the University Secretariat website. It is recognized that the specific procedures used to attain fairness may vary from one faculty to another.
3. Appeal from a Faculty Appeals Committee - Where a student is unsuccessful in an appeal to a Faculty Appeals Committee, they may appeal that decision to the GFC Student Academic Appeals Committee, subject to the principles and procedures of the GFC Student Academic Appeals Committee a. Students wishing to appeal disciplinary academic decisions to the GFC Student Academic Appeals Committee must do so within fifteen calendar days of the date on the notification providing the unfavourable decision from the Faculty Appeals Committee.
4. Notification to the Registrar - When an appeal has been lodged by a student, the Registrar shall be notified by the chairperson of the Faculty Appeals Committee or GFC Student Academic Appeals Committee that an appeal has been filed.
5. The Position of a Student Launching an Appeal Against Suspension or Expulsion - Students who appeal to a Faculty Appeals Committee or the GFC Student Academic Appeals Committee shall be entitled to provisional registration and permitted to attend classes. If the appeal succeeds, the provision will be removed and the student will be permitted to complete classes. Students appealing to the Board of Governors are not permitted to register while under appeal.
6. The Position of a Student Whose Appeal Against Suspension or Expulsion is Unsuccessful - When the student has been granted provisional registration and allowed to attend classes pending the disposition of an appeal and the appeal is denied, the original date of the suspension or expulsion is maintained. The student will be dropped from all classes and tuition fees will be credited to the student’s account.
7. The Effect on a Student's Permanent Record - When a student has been suspended, expelled or placed on disciplinary probation and does not launch an appeal within fifteen calendar days of the date on the decision notification, or the appeal is unsuccessful, the notation "suspended, expelled or placed on disciplinary probation by the Faculty of __________, for academic misconduct" will be entered on the student's permanent record upon receipt of such notice by the Registrar from the Dean of the faculty or the chair of the appropriate appeals committee.
Where a student is suspended or expelled prior to the completion of the session, the symbols RW (required to withdraw) will be entered in the grade column on the student's record for the courses in which they were registered for that term except for the course(s) in which an "F" grade has been given as a penalty. Where a student is suspended or expelled after the completion of a term the final grade will be entered on the student's record in the courses in which they were registered for that term except for the course(s) in which an "F" grade has been given as a penalty.
A student's record will be cleared of the notation "placed on disciplinary probation for academic misconduct" when the probationary period has been completed, or upon completion of a degree program in another faculty, or after three years have elapsed, whichever comes first. A student's record will be cleared of the notation "suspended for academic misconduct" at the time of readmission to the same faculty, upon readmission to and completion of a degree program in another faculty, or after three years have elapsed, whichever comes first. At the time the record is cleared of the notation, the RW symbols will be changed to W, but any "F" grades, as given because of plagiarism, cheating or other academic misconduct, will remain "F"s. A student's record will not be cleared of the notation "expelled for academic misconduct." These regulations also apply to students on probation, suspension or expulsion for non-academic misconduct.