An appeal hearing is initiated by the student and is convened to hear the student's reasons why a finding of academic misconduct and/or a penalty ought to be overturned or altered. A penalty hearing is not initiated by the student, but can arise due to a recommendation of a penalty, or in accord with various aspects of progressive discipline (see Policy 60, Section 5).
Once a student has initiated an appeal or a penalty hearing is to take place, you will be forwarded a copy of their appeal letter including their submitted evidence. You will be asked to respond to the student’s letter and to supply any evidence you used to determine the finding of academic misconduct or penalty. If you find that new evidence becomes available that you wish to include, please send it to the Academic Integrity Office as soon as possible. If you do not submit it in advance, bring it to the hearing. You must supply 5 copies. However, the panel will decide whether this new evidence will be considered.
Your response should be in the form of a letter addressed to the Academic Integrity Council. All of this information will then be organized into a package and supplied to all relevant parties including you, the student and the panel members of the Academic Integrity Council in preparation for the hearing.
If you require any assistance with your response, the Faculty Support for Academic Misconduct Appeals is Professor Hitesh Doshi. Phone number: 416-979-5000 ext. 6502. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hearing has a very set process which must be adhered to. This process is outlined below (for more information please see Policy 60: Academic Integrity).