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Appeals Process

The Academic Integrity Council Appeal Form and other useful information for your appeal can be found on the Ryerson Senate website, opens in new window.

By handing in your appeal form and supporting documents to the Academic Integrity Office, you have initiated an appeal, which will be heard by members of the Academic Integrity Council.  Any evidence that you wish to submit should be included in this appeal.  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 instructor/decision maker will be forwarded a copy of your appeal package. They will be asked to respond to the contents of the package and to supply any evidence they used to determine the finding of academic misconduct.
  • Their response will be in the form of a letter addressed to the Academic Integrity Council and will be accompanied by any documents they feel are relevant.
  • All this information will then be organized into a package and supplied to all relevant parties, including you, the respondent (who is usually the decision maker) and the panel members of the Academic Integrity Council.  The hearing has a very set process which must be adhered to. This process is outlined below.

Order within a hearing:

  1. The Hearing Panel Chair opens the proceedings and all of the persons at the table introduce themselves. These will normally be: the Panel members; the person who assigned the original penalty (Respondent); the student (Appellant); the student’s advocate (if any); the student’s or respondent’s support persons (who remain silent during the hearing and who do not sit at the table nor take notes); representative from the Academic Integrity Office; resource people, if any; and any witnesses who are declared in advance. Witnesses must then remain outside the Hearing room until they are called upon to make their statements.

  2. The Chair outlines the hearing procedures, explaining to the Appellant and the Respondent that the documents have been read and that the presentation should be brief, outlining the highlights of the case.  The Panel Chair will explain that this is a non-adversarial process, and all parties will have a chance to speak.  

  3. The Respondent is asked to present briefly the evidence that was the basis for the finding of misconduct.  

  4. Any witnesses for the Respondent are called in turn and are asked to make a statement as to what they know of the matters in question.  Witnesses are to be called one by one and are not to be in a position of hearing each other’s remarks.

  5. The student and/or advocate are given the opportunity to ask relevant or clarifying questions of the Respondent and their witnesses in turn (witnesses questioned first). The Chair may limit such questioning on the basis of relevance, if need be.  

  6. Once witnesses for the Respondent are questioned by the Panel, they are asked to leave the room but may be asked to remain outside the room if further questions are anticipated.

  7. The student is asked to briefly present a summary of their case. You should come prepared to make a short oral presentation highlighting the reasons for your appeal and what information you have to support your appeal.

  8. Any witnesses for the student are called in turn and are asked to make a statement as to what they know of the matters in question. Witnesses are to be called one by one and are not to be in a position of hearing each other’s remarks.

  9. The Respondent is given the opportunity to ask relevant or clarifying questions of the statements presented by the student and the witnesses (witnesses questioned first). The Chair may limit such questioning on the basis of relevance, if need be.  

  10. Once witnesses for the student are questioned by the Panel, they are asked to leave the room but may be asked to remain outside the room if further questions are anticipated.

  11. Members of the Hearing Panel may ask questions of all parties.

  12. The student (Appellant) is asked to present a final summary of their case (the advocate may speak on the Appellant’s behalf). This is also your opportunity to address any statements that the Respondent has made that you disagree with or that you would like to state your opinion about. You can jot these thoughts down during the hearing so that you are reminded to say them in your closing statement.

  13. The Respondent is asked to present a final summary of their case.

  14. Anyone who is not a member of the Hearing Panel is asked to leave before the Panel begins to deliberate. The deliberations are done in private, and the Chair of the panel only votes in cases where there is a tie.  

  15. The decision(s)/finding(s) of a Panel will be communicated to all relevant parties via a Decision Letter sent by the AIO within ten (10) business days of the Hearing.