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FORM B: FORMAL INQUIRY

WHAT IS A FORMAL INQUIRY?

There are two types of Formal Inquiry (Form B) see FORMAL INQUIRY (TYPES) below. Please read the Student Appeal Procedures and the following information carefully as it is important to your submission.

NOTE: Decisions under the Academic Integrity Policy are appealed by filing a Form C.

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY

Students are expected to initiate a preliminary inquiry by going directly to the appropriate instructor, officer or University authority whose decision/action is being questioned. If the preliminary inquiry has not resolved the matter in a timely fashion, proceed to filing the Form B. The timelines for submitting the Form B must be adhered to.

TIMELINES

The Form B must be submitted to the appropriate Faculty Office no later than July 31 immediately following the Fall/Winter Session during which the work was originally assessed, or November 15 immediately following the Spring/Summer Session during which the work was originally assessed.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions about this process or about completing this form, please contact the appropriate Faculty Office, the Ombuds Office (MUSC 210), or the University Secretariat (GH 210).

FORMAL INQUIRY (TYPES)

Academic Process:

A student questions his/her grade or the assessment of his/her performance on a piece of work or in a course, or his/her academic standing or status in a program, and alleges error or injustice on grounds other than the academic assessment of his/her work, such as:

  • the method of evaluation was not fair and reasonable in the circumstances; or
  • the instructor was biased against the student; or
  • the instructor deviated substantially from the course outline in contravention of applicable University policies; or
  • the application of University regulations governing program or degree requirements was not fair, just, or reasonable;

Non-Academic:

A student questions as unfair, unjust or unreasonable, a decision or action of a University authority or official, which has negative material consequences for his/her University life, and which is unrelated to courses, or to program or degree requirements.

ADJUDICATION PROCESS

The matter will be investigated as per the Student Appeal Procedures and the Associate/Assistant Dean shall make a decision and respond in writing with reasons. This response is normally provided within three weeks of receiving the formal inquiry.

 

SUBMITTING THE FORMS

The Form B should be submitted to the appropriate Faculty Office (the Faculty that is responsible for the decision being questioned).

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  Business*:

Associate Dean, Academic,
DSB 317
(*including MBA Program)

  Engineering: Associate Dean (Academic)
JHE A214

  Humanities: Associate Dean, CNH 107
  Science: Associate Dean (Academic)
BSB 129

  Social Sciences: Associate Dean, KTH 129
  Health Sciences: HSC 2E18
  • Associate Dean (Health Professional Education) for: Nursing, Physician Assistant Program, Midwifery, Undergraduate Medical Program
  • Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) for: Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

GRADUATE STUDENTS

School of Graduate Studies, 
GH 212

CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Director, CCE, 2nd floor, 1 James Street North

DEGREE PROGRAMS

For students in degree programs not offered by a Faculty (e.g. the Arts and Science Program), the Program Director is equivalent to the Associate Dean of a Faculty.