Dispute Resolution - Student Grievances, Appeals and Disciplinary Appeals

Any student has a right to lodge a grievance resulting from an act or a failure to act by a member of the University occupying a position of authority vis-à-vis the student in a University-related matter. 

Any student who believes that a right accorded to him or to her under the Charter of Students’ Rights has been infringed by a member of the University may apply to the Committee for appropriate redress.

Source: sections 2.1 and 2.2 of the Code of Student Grievance Procedures


Student Grievance

Prior to filing a grievance, students are encouraged to resolve the dispute through the Ombudsperson, the Dean of Students, their department or faculty.  

A student who is considering the grievance process is invited to first gain familiarity with the Charter of Students’ Rights and the Code of Student Grievance Procedures. The Senate Committee on Student Grievances is responsible for hearing grievances.  

Students are requested to submit their grievance materials, along with this form to grievances-appeals.secretariat [at] mcgill.ca.


Appeal of a Decision of the Committee on Student Grievances

Grounds for an Appeal

Either party may appeal the decision of the Senate Committee on Student Grievances under the following circumstances:

1. Where new evidence which was not available to a party at the time of the original hearing has been discovered; or
2.  Where a breach of natural justice has occurred;
AND where the outcome of the case at the original hearing might have been substantially affected by any of the above circumstances. 

Source: Section 6.3 of the Code of Student Grievance Procedures

 

The Appeal

A party wishing to appeal must notify the Secretary of Senate of the intention to do so within 14 days of receiving official notice of the decision of the Senate Committee on Student Grievances. The notice of appeal must be accompanied by a concise written statement that identifies precisely the grounds upon which the appeal is based. Neither the notice of appeal nor the accompanying statement shall contain argument. 

Source: Section 6.4.1. of the Code of Student Grievance Procedures

A grievor or a respondent considering the appeal process is invited to first gain familiarity with the Charter of Students’ Rights and the Code of Student Grievance Procedures. The Senate Committee on Student Grievances is responsible for hearing grievances. The Appeal Committee for Student Discipline and Grievances is responsible for hearing appeals.

Students are requested to submit their appeal, along with this form to grievances-appeals.secretariat [at] mcgill.ca


Appeal of a Decision of the Committee on Student Discipline

Grounds for an Appeal

The student concerned or the Disciplinary Officer may appeal to the Appeal Committee the decision of the Committe on Student Grievance (CSD) Hearing Committee as it pertains to the substantiation of the charge, the disposition chosen, or both, except as limited by Article 66. Appeals will be restricted to the following circumstances:

(a) Where new evidence that was not available to a party at the time of the original hearing has been discovered; or
(b) Where a breach of natural justice has occurred; or
(c) Where the Hearing Committee has misapplied any articles in Section I of this Code, or the articles described in the penalties section (Section II-C);

 AND where the outcome of the case at the original hearing might have been substantially affected by any of the above circumstances. 

Source: article 81 of the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

 

The Appeal

A party wishing to appeal must notify the Dean of Students of the intention to do so within 14 days of receiving official notice of the Hearing Committee’s decision. The notice of appeal must be accompanied by a concise written statement that identifies precisely the grounds upon which the appeal is based. Neither the notice of appeal nor the accompanying statement shall contain argument.

The Dean of Students shall notify the Secretariat that a notice of appeal has been received.

Source: article 82 of the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

Any party planning considering the appeal process is invited to first gain familiarity with the Charter of Students’ Rights and the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.  The Appeal Committee for Student Discipline and Grievances is responsible for hearing appeals.

Students are requested to submit their appeal, along with this form to grievances-appeals.secretariat [at] mcgill.ca