Appeal Documentation

Do I have to submit supporting documentation?

Yes, supporting documentation is required for all appeals with the exception of re-reads.  For information on what we will accept for supporting documentation see this link.  Otherwise, you may consult with an academic counsellor for advice on how to proceed with your appeal request.

What kind of documentation do I need to provide?

A note or letter from a healthcare professional is always preferred but if you have not sought professional help you may supply a letter from another individual such as a parent or family member.  Please ensure that the author of the note signs it and supplies contact information so we can have it verified.  Some other types of documentation you may submit: letters from funeral homes, death certificates, obituary notices, letters from lawyers, legal documents, court notices, bank statements, travel tickets, letter from employer, government documentation.  Documentation that is generally not considered to be adequate: photographs of medical conditions, medical reports, prescriptions, high school transcripts, resumes, notes or letters from non-certified healthcare providers.  See: http://www.queensu.ca/hcds/ds/students/documentation.html     

Also see: Appeal Documentation Chart.

For more information also see: http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/help/academic-appeals/information-for-students/official-supporting-documentation

I haven’t seen a doctor or counsellor so I don’t have any supporting documentation.  What should I do?

A note or letter from a healthcare professional is always preferred but if you have not sought professional help you may supply a letter from another individual such as a parent or family member.  Please ensure that the author of the note signs it and supplies contact information so we can have it verified. You may also fill out a Self-Declaration of Illness Form. Click here for more information on what we will accept for supporting documentation see.  Otherwise, you may consult with an academic counsellor for advice on how to proceed with your appeal request.

You may also fill out a Self-Declaration of Illness Form.

Can my parents write a letter for my documentation?

A note or letter from a healthcare professional is always preferred but if you have not sought professional help you may supply a letter from another individual such as a parent or family member.  Please ensure that the author of the note signs it and supplies contact information so we can have it verified.