Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Appeals of Academic Decisions

Students may appeal an academic decision or ruling in accordance with the appeal procedures set out below. Students have a right to appeal to their graduate programs, and if unsuccessful, to the Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies). Some decisions may be appealed further to the Senate Review Board Academic. The Vice-Provost’s rulings in academic matters are final unless overturned or modified on appeal to the Senate Review Board Academic (SRBA). A decision or ruling remains in effect unless overturned or modified by the individual or body hearing an appeal of that decision or ruling.

Throughout this page, the word “Vice-Provost” means “Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) or designate”.

Note: Appeals of Scholastic Offence decisions are not covered under this policy. For the appeal procedure for scholastic offence decisions, please see:

Subject Matter of an Appeal

Students may appeal:

Grounds of Appeal

An appeal must be based on one or more of the following grounds:

Ignorance of Senate regulations and policies, program requirements, and policies as set out in the University's Academic Calendars does not constitute grounds for an appeal.

Appeal Procedure

It is incumbent on students to initiate each step at the earliest opportunity, and on the University officers concerned to act as expeditiously as possible. 

Note: Legal counsel is not permitted at any stage of the appeal process prior to the level of the Senate Review Board Academic.

A. Appeals at the Course/Program Level

B. Appeals at the SGPS level

For Appeals of Scholastic Offence decisions, please visit Scholastic Offences.