How does a re-read work?

From Appeal Regulations – effective May 1, 2014

3.3.7 To Request a Review of Instructors’ Decisions on Grading of Final Examinations and/or Term Work

A student may request a review of any grade assigned in a course subject to the marking scheme set out by the course instructor(s) if the student can:

  • clearly articulate grounds for reconsideration and identify specifically the substance of an answer where the student feels the mark given was not evaluated fully;
  • show, in an objective answer, that a correct answer has been counted as incorrect;
  • show, in a subjective or essay answer, that the response has been under evaluated substantially; and
  • provide relevant documentation to support the appeal (i.e. class notes, etc.).

It is the responsibility of the student to preserve all exercises, papers, reports and other graded material for the course and to submit these materials with the appeal. In any formal appeal of term work, the student must accept the responsibility for ensuring that the work presented for reassessment is in fact the original term work submitted for evaluation (see Academic Regulation 11).

As a first step, the student should request an informal review with the instructor concerned, and instructors are strongly encouraged to consent. If the informal review process is unsuccessful, the student may ask for the assistance of the Office of the Associate Dean (Studies) in order to facilitate a review through an appeal to the Associate Dean (Studies). This request should be made within 21 calendar days of the grade being received. Usually the instructor will provide a reconsidered grade within 21 calendar days of the receipt of the request.

The reconsideration of the work in question will be undertaken by two reviewers appointed by the Office of the Associate Dean (Studies) or delegate (normally the Head of the relevant academic unit). One of the two reviewers will be the original instructor, unless the student can demonstrate bias or other conflict on the part of the original instructor. In such cases the original instructor may be asked to provide any documentation relevant to the review. The review will involve a rereading of the work in question.

An appeal on grading of term work must be submitted within 21 calendar days after the student has received the mark from the instructor.

How long will it take to receive a decision on my appeal?

Once your appeal has been submitted and all of the supporting documentation and materials have been received it can take up to 21 days to receive a decision. 

Do I have to talk to my instructor before submitting an appeal for a re-read?

We recommend that you ask your instructor to review the work with you informally as a first step. Many times, questions and concerns can be addressed at this level and a formal re-read is not required.

Where can I find more information about Re-Reads?

Please see Appeal Regulations 3.3.7 and 3.3.8.