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Graduate Student Academic Appeals

General Process for Submitting a Petition

If you wish to appeal, you must:

  • Complete, print and sign the appeals form;
  • Obtain all required signatures (with comments noted by program representatives) and supporting documentation; and
  • Submit the entire petition to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

Decisions of the Graduate Student Appeals Committee (GSAC) will be sent to your Laurier student email address.

Deadlines for Submissions

Petitions must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with all signatures and supporting documentation at least 10 days prior to the GSAC meeting. GSAC meetings occur on the third Thursday of each month.

Upcoming Dates

Petition Submissions Due Date

GSAC Meeting Dates

March 4 at 4:30 p.m.

March 18 at 2:30 p.m.

April 8 at 4:30 p.m.

April 22 at 2:30 p.m.

May 6 at 4:30 p.m.

May 20 at 2:30 p.m.

June 3 at 4:30 p.m.

June 17 at 2:30 p.m.

July 8 at 4:30 p.m.

July 22 at 2:30 p.m.

August 5 at 4:30 p.m.

August 19 at 2:30 p.m.


Deadlines for Types of Appeals

Students wishing to appeal an academic decision (including extensions of degree time limits) must do so within six weeks of the date of receiving the decision. Changes to registration status (full/part-time, requests for leaves of absence) must be submitted six weeks prior to the start of the applicable term.

Appeals submitted to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be heard within six weeks of the filing of the appeal.

Supporting Documentation

Each student appeal must contain the completed and signed appeals form, the student's Laurier email address (to which the decision will be communicated), and any supporting documentation as outlined in the appeals form.

Doctoral students must submit a copy of their most recent annual progress report; appeals concerning progress and degree time limits will not be considered without the progress report being available.

In the context of some petitions, it was decided that when the appellant’s petition is based on the student's medical situation, medical documentation would normally be required. Should the basis of the petition be on a medical/health condition of a family member (that is, not the appellant), a diagnosis or specific medical information will not be required in the case for a third party. However, the student will be required to provide supporting verification regarding the third party medical/health condition in the form of a document from counseling services, a doctor or the Accessible Learning Centre.

Medical Documentation

Where applicable, students must provide a supporting medical documentation form completed by your healthcare provider and must pertain the term you are appealing.

Presentation of Cases

All materials pertaining to a student’s appeal that is taken to GSAC will have third-party identifiers removed where consent has not been given.

The graduate records and data management co-ordinator will prepare a brief summary of the status of the student, including program, term of registration, relevant details (including update on previous appeals for the same issue, confirmation that a satisfactory progress report is on file, etc.). This summary will be attached to the documents submitted by the student, a copy of which is available for each GSAC member’s review

Types of Appeals