Student academic appeals

We help students navigate academic appeals. Students may appeal an academic decision based on extenuating circumstances or events that are beyond the control of the student.  These grounds are typically based on either medical or compassionate grounds:

  • Medical grounds are related to a student’s own health and would include such reasons as hospitalization, mental health challenges, unexpected illness, an unexpected disability that interfered with schoolwork, etc.
  • Compassionate grounds are related to other reasons such as death in the immediate family, severely disruptive relationship difficulties, etc.

The process to appeal generally involves meeting with the student advocate, writing a letter to the Senate Student Appeals Committee, providing relevant supporting documentation, and attending, if desired, the committee meeting.

On the Saint John campus, the student advocate is housed within the Office of the Director, Student Services. The advocate’s role is to help students understand the process and their best options and draft an appeal letter, and to represent the student with the appeals committee.

Make an appointment

Contact stuserv@unb.ca to set up a phone call, Teams meeting, or in-person meeting as necessary.

Appeal of Academic Standing

The UNB Calendar outlines the academic regulations for students considering appeals of Academic Standing on medical or compassionate grounds. These regulations can be found in Section B, Part IV, Right of Appeal. Information on the appeal of Academic Standing process prepared by Student Services is also available.

Academic appeals require careful attention and consideration. Students are encouraged to consult the Director of Student Services for information and advice. Students seeking an appeal on medical grounds are encouraged to use the Health Related Form completed by a health care professional.

Academic Offences Appeals

Students charged with Academic Offences can review regulations on the appeal process in the UNB Calendar, Section B, Part VIII, Academic Offences.  Information on the Academic Offence appeal process is also available from Student Services, Oland Hall G08.  An academic offence is a serious matter.  Students should consult the Director of Student Services for advice and assistance.

Review of Grades

Student grades may be reviewed as a course grade or an individual piece of work worth at least 25% of the final course mark.  The UNB Calendar, Section B, Part L, Review of Grades,  provides detailed information on review of a grade.  Students may also contact the Director of Student Services for advice and guidance.