Academic ResourcesPetitions & Appeals
A petition is a written request for the waiver of a Faculty’s academic regulation or deadline. Due to extenuating circumstances, students may submit a request to petition a regulation, grade, policy or academic decision at Schulich.
Petitions are reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) 3 to 6 weeks after submission. If a student disagrees with the Committee’s decision, they may appeal to the Executive Community of the Schulich Faculty Council within 14 calendar days of receiving the decision letter.
- Academic Forms (Undergraduate) Academic Forms (Graduate)
What can I petition?
What can I petition?
Students can petition an existing Schulich regulation, an academic decision, or a Required Withdrawal from his or her program.
Each petition must clearly outline the request and provide proof of extenuating circumstances. Petitions are carefully reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee shortly after their submission.
It is strongly recommended that students schedule an advising appointment before submitting their petition.
Petitions will only be considered for rare and unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for conditions that could NOT have been predicted or anticipated (e.g. medical reasons, death of a family member, etc.).
All academic petitions are considered by the Student Affairs Committee or Sub-Committee at the Schulich School of Business.
A student may appeal to the Schulich Appeals Officer (the Associate Dean, Academic, or in his/her absence, the Director of the student’s degree program) to have a grade changed on the following grounds only:
- A clerical error has resulted in a miscalculation of the grade.
- A computational grade awarded did not fairly reflect the student’s academic performance according to the grading system used by the instructor.
In the case of (2), the student needs to submit as part of the appeal a compelling argument why she/he thinks the grading is wrong or, if grading is relative in the course or assignment under dispute, inconsistent with that of his/her peers.
Download the Undergraduate Grade Appeal Form by logging into your MySchulich Forms Database on the undergraduate student portal.
Download the Graduate Grade Appeal Form by logging into your MySchulich Forms Database on the graduate student portal.
The Student Affairs Committee does not review grade appeals
It is strongly recommended that you speak with an academic advisor.
Undergraduate students: Schedule an appointment using the online booking system.
Graduate students: Schedule an appointment using the online booking system and select “Petitions” from the Service drop-down menu.
Download the Undergraduate Petition Form by logging into your MySchulich Forms Database on the undergraduate student portal.
Download the Graduate Petition Form by logging into your MySchulich Forms Database on the graduate student portal.
For petitions relating to the PhD program, please consult Ryan Kayet, Student Academic Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org the appropriate form and to discuss options.
You will need to submit the following:
- An Academic Petition Form
- A personal letter clearly stating:
- The regulation(s) being petitioned
- The circumstances or grounds for the petition
- An action plan (if applicable), outlining the steps you will take to improve academic performance or avoid similar circumstances in the future
- Supporting documentation (if applicable) such as a death certificate, Attending Physician’s Statement, etc.
It can take 3 to 6 weeks to receive a decision. Once a decision has been made regarding your petition, you will be notified by email, sent directly to your Schulich email address. You should not assume that submitting a petition will result in a positive outcome.
What can I appeal?
What can I appeal?
Students may appeal a petition decision by the Student Affairs Committee under specific grounds.
You may also appeal a final grade. Review full details and procedural guidelines.
You must submit your appeal to the Executive Committee within 14 days of receiving the petition decision.
Appeals of petition decisions or grade appeals will be permitted only on the following grounds:
a) The decision under appeal was made without jurisdiction
b) A denial of natural justice, such as (but not limited to) a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of the original decision maker(s) or a fundamental procedural error
c) Inconsistent application of the relevant regulations
d) New evidence has arisen that could not reasonably have been presented, and that would have likely affected the original decision
View full details in the Graduate Policy Handbook (pg.35).
Students can locate the Executive Committee Appeal Form in the Graduate Academic Forms Database in the MySchulich student portal.
The application for leave to appeal should contain:
- a succinct statement of the grounds on which the applicant intends to rely
- a summary of the evidence to be relied upon
- all relevant supporting documentation
Petitions denied by the Executive Committee may be appealed to the Senate Appeals Committee. Learn more here.