15. Appeals in Academic Matters

Appeals as discussed in the following sections, including re-reads, will be handled according to Student Appeals in Academic Matters. Unless the CGPS Dean agrees otherwise, the first formal step in grievance procedure is to be taken within 30 days of the alleged grievance. Other time limits for appeals will be those applying in the College to which the student's academic unit belongs.

15.1. Assessment in Coursework

A student who is concerned with the evaluation of coursework shall first seek to have the matter resolved through consultation with the instructor. Such consultation shall occur within 30 days of evaluation. Under exceptional circumstances, the Dean of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies may extend the consultation period. If the student is not satisfied that the matter has been resolved appropriately, or if the course instructor is not available for consultation, the graduate chair and/or head of the academic unit shall be consulted.

If the matter cannot be resolved through consultation within the academic unit, the student should contact the Office of the Associate Dean in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Where applicable, the Associate Dean will provide the student with the opportunity to invoke a formal re-assessment by completing the Request for and Report of Re-Assessment Form available from the Office of the University Secretary (http://www.usask.ca/secretariat/student-conduct-appeals/forms/RequestForAndReportOfRe-AssessmentForm.pdf) and paying the required fee.

Where any assessment matter cannot be resolved through re-assessment, such as results of an oral examination, the student will be informed of his/her right to petition the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee for formal appeal.

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15.2. Standing in Program

A student may appeal matters relating to standing in the program including, but not limited to, program progression, recommendations for requirements to discontinue (RTD), leave requests, probationary terms, and graduation eligibility.

In all instances, the student should seek to resolve the issue informally with the student’s advisory committee, the chair of the graduate program, and the head of the academic unit.

If the matter cannot be resolved through consultation within the academic unit, the student should contact the Office of the Associate Dean in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  The Associate Dean will consider the matter and make a ruling.  The Associate Dean will advise the student and the academic unit that the decision can be appealed to the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee.

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