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Student Appeals Policy

10.3.9 Time Limits

Time limits for submitting appeals under the Student Appeals Procedures are mandatory and must be adhered to. Failure by an Appellant to submit an appeal within the time limits set out therein shall result in the Appellant forfeiting the right to appeal. The Chair of the Student Academic Appeals Committee, the Dean (or designates), or the Department Head (or designates) may, in their sole discretion, extend the time limit for the processing of an appeal of an Appellant where they consider an extension appropriate under the circumstances.

In all cases the time limit for submission of any appeal shall commence when the Appellant first becomes aware of the decision which they wish to appeal. Where notification of the decision has been sent to the Appellant by the University by mail, the time limit commences when the Appellant receives, or has been deemed to have received, the notification, whichever occurs first. Notification of a decision sent by mail to the last known address of the appellant is deemed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to have been received by the Appellant ten (10) business days after mailing if sent to an Alberta address and twenty (20) business days if sent to an address outside Alberta. Registered mail signed for by or on behalf of an Appellant is deemed to have been received on the day it was signed for.

Where notification has been sent to the Appellant by the University through electronic means (e-letter, email, etc.), the time limit commences on five (5) business days from the date the electronic communication was generated.

Student Appeals Procedure

Approved By:
Original: Academic Council (Motions 71.4 and 71.5) 17 January, 1989

Amended Date/Motion No.
April 29, 2009 (Academic Council motion 217-7)
November 3, 2004 (Academic Council motion 185-16)
February 1991 (Revised)
January 22, 1997 (Motion 134-7)

Related References, Policies, and Procedures:
Student Academic Misconduct Policy

Applicable Legislation/Regulation:
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Responsible Position/Department:


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated July 26 2017 by laurab

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