Appeal Process

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Academic Regulations at Queen鈥檚 University were designed to ensure that students are being treated fairly and equitably while upholding the academic standards of the institution. 

On occasion, there are circumstances that are usually beyond a student鈥檚 control that may have impacted their performance at Queen鈥檚. Appeal processes were developed to reconsider the appropriateness of any sanctions or penalties that may have been imposed upon a student. Typically for any appeal process, there are limited grounds for filing an appeal, which could include extenuating circumstances or significant procedural irregularity. 

Review the rules and regulations of your Faculty or School to ensure your circumstances meet the ground(s) for appeal.

Before deciding to appeal:

  • Consider why you are pursuing an appeal; simply not being satisfied with the outcome is typically not a ground of appeal
  • Review the rules and regulations of your Faculty or School. It is your responsibility to inform yourself of the rules and regulations, ask questions for clarification, and follow the appeal process
  • Be mindful of any dates, deadlines and specific processes you must follow
  • What are the impacts of proceeding with your appeal? Weigh the pros and cons
  • Seek advice from an Academic Advisor in your home Faculty or School to discuss the appeal and review your academic plan

 Tips for Writing an Appeal Letter (186KB | PDF)

This Senate Policy on Student Academic Appeals and Procedures, reflects the intent of the Senate regarding Student Academic Appeals, which is twofold:

  1. To ensure that students receive fair treatment and are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
  2. To establish a fair, efficient process for addressing student appeals from academic decisions.

Student Academic Appeals Policy (SAAP)