Office of the University Ombudsperson


Academic Regulations at Queen’s University were designed to ensure that students are being treated fairly and equitably while upholding the academic standards of the institution. On occasion, there are extenuating circumstances that are usually beyond a student’s control that may have impacted their performance at Queen’s. Appeal processes were developed to reconsider the appropriateness of any sanctions or penalties that may have been imposed upon a student who may have extenuating circumstances. 

Before deciding to appeal:

  • Consider why you are pursuing an appeal, in general, only extenuating circumstances that were outside of your control are considered appealable
  • Review the rules & regulations of your Faculty, it is your responsibility to inform yourself of them
  • Be mindful of any dates, deadlines and specific processes you must follow
  • What are the impacts of proceeding with your appeal - weigh the pros and cons
  • Seek advice from an Academic Advisor in your home faculty 

Tips for Writing an Appeal Letter (Opens in new window) (186KB | PDF)

Senate Policy on Student Academic Appeals (SAAP)

This Senate Policy on Student Academic Appeals and Procedures, reflects the intent of the Senate regarding Student Academic Appeals, which is twofold:

  1. To ensure that students receive fair treatment and are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
  2. To establish a fair, efficient process for addressing student appeals from academic decisions.