Undergraduate Student Services

Appeals Procedure

Academic Appeal Procedures

The application of Faculty regulations and decisions regarding students’ academic standing may become the subject of dispute and occasionally a formal appeal.  Appeal situations are usually avoidable and the Faculty of Arts advocates early and informal resolution of concerns.  Students are therefore encouraged to seek early advice from Department/Program Advisors and the Undergraduate Student Services Office, and to resolve their problems first through the Faculty’s informal procedures for petition.

This document sets out the Faculty’s regulations governing informal petitions and formal appeals.  The Faculty recommends that students consult with the Office of the Student Ombuds for advice in formulating appeals and to act as advisors at appeal hearings (780-492-4689, ombuds@ualberta.ca, 5-02 SUB). 

Full Academic Appeal Procedures (pdf)

Grade Appeal Procedures

The determination of the final grades in a course is the initial responsibility of the instructor(s), or the persons expressly authorized by the Department Chair to determine the final grade.  Arts Faculty Council has the ultimate authority to determine the final examination grades and final grades in courses offered under its auspices.

Arts Faculty Council believes that the instructors are incontestably in the best possible position to assess the performance of their students and that Departments (through the Chair) are the custodians of acceptable standards of grading practices within the Department.

Appeal situations are usually avoidable and the Faculty of Arts advocates early and informal resolution of concerns.  Students are therefore encouraged to resolve their concerns first through the Faculty’s informal Grade Appeal procedures.

In the event that informal resolution is not reached, this document sets out the Faculty’s regulations governing informal Grade Appeal procedures and formal appeals. The Faculty recommends that students consult with the Student Ombuds for advice in formulating appeals and to act as advisors at Appeal Hearings (780-492-4689, ombuds@ualberta.ca, 5-02 SUB).

Full Grade Appeal Procedures (pdf)