The academic appeal process is here to ensure that when you do not agree with an academic decision or grade, you have the ability to raise your concern in a timely, fair, and impartial manner.


You can submit an academic appeal to dispute:

  • a decision to deny evaluations through the portfolio or challenge process
  • an academic promotion decision such as discontinuance
  • a final grade, including a failed PLAR challenge
  • an evaluation worth 25% or greater in a course
  • a sanction assessed under the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy
  • a sanction assessed under the Academic Integrity Policy

Through this process, everyone involved has responsibilities, including you.

Student Responsibilities


  • Retain and provide relevant work returned to you related to the appeal

Faculty Responsibilities


  • Reply and attempt to resolve student concerns
  • Participate in the inquiry conducted by the Chair or Deans
  • Participate in the hearing conducted by Registrar or designate

Executive Dean/Dean Responsibilities


  • Participate in the process in accordance with Step 3
  • Discharge their respective responsibilities fairly and according to established time frames

Academic Team Responsibilities


  • Participate in the process in accordance with the procedure
  • Participate in the inquiry by the Registrar or designate in accordance with Step 4
  • Discharge their respective responsibilities fairly and according to established time frames

Registrar/Designate Responsibilities


  • Make appeal request form available to students
  • Discharge their respective responsibilities fairly and according to established time frames
  • Facilitate orientation for members of the appeal panel
  • Ensure policy and procedure is published
  • Administer pre-hearing matters in accordance with guideline
  • Act in an advisory role to students, faculty, chairs, executive deans/deans, and members of appeal panel
  • Direct the response of an appeal panel decision to the student and the appropriate Conestoga personnel

Need to File an Academic Appeal?

Find out what the next steps are by using our interactive academic appeal walkthrough.

Academic Appeal Resources

How Can CSI Help?

If you would like to speak to someone about the Academic Appeals Process or request a CSI Representative attend a meeting to ensure the process is correctly followed and/or take notes, please fill out our contact form.


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