Office of the Ombudsperson


University Ombudsman

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Written Rulings and Information about Appeals

Any decision about student discipline, the exercise of emergency powers, or academic standing shall be communicated in writing to the student. The decision shall also advise that the student has the right to appeal, and it shall state the person or body to whom the appeal must be made and the deadline for appealing. It also shall refer to the University Ombudsman as a resource for information and advice (Student Appeals, Rights & Discipline (SARD) s.8).


Students may appeal a decision of the Alma Mater Society (AMS) or Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Judicial Committee to USAB according to the grounds for appeal found in SARD section 16. Depending on the situation, if the student is successful USAB may:

  • send the case back for rehearing by the original decision-maker (and in doing so USAB may retain jurisdiction pending the outcome of the rehearing),
  • Modify the original decision or make any decision the original decision-maker could have made (although normally USAB will only do this where the rights or interests of the student would be prejudiced by a rehearing, or where a rehearing would be impractical)

Should you wish to appeal a decision of the AMS or SGPS Judicial Committees, it is important to note that there are strict deadlines and filing requirements concerning appeals. Please see SARD sections 22 through 25, inclusive, or contact the University Ombudsman for further information.