Final Grade Appeals, Academic Conduct and Misconduct

This site is intended to be used as a resource to provide students, faculty and staff with information about grade appeals, academic conduct and the process with respect to allegations of student academic misconduct, as well as the related University policies.

Final Grade Appeals

UFV provides students the opportunity to appeal decisions that directly affect their academic standing.

Students may appeal a final grade through a process established by the Final Grade Appeals Policy (217). The policy requires that students first discuss the matter with the course instructor. If the matter is not resolved at that level, a student may initiate an appeal by completing a Final Grade Appeal form. The matter is then considered by the faculty that offered the course. When a student is not satisfied with the decision at that level they may appeal further by initiating an Appeal of the Final Grade Appeal. These appeals are heard by a Senate Committee, but will only proceed where a student alleges, and can demonstrate, there was unfairness or bias.

Note: Students may not appeal individual items of work such as examinations quizzes, projects, assignments, practicums, or field work assessments except in the context of an appeal of the final grade.

Academic Conduct and Honesty

As members of the University community, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate academic conduct. They are responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in a group. Academic integrity involves applying the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility to your academic studies, even in the face of challenges. 

Allegations of violations of academic integrity, including cheating and plagiarism, are regulated by the Student Academic Misconduct Policy (70).  The policy has specific and formal steps that must be followed where academic misconduct is alleged. Students who have been accused of academic conduct should read Policy 70. If they then have questions or require advice, they may contact the Appeals Assistant as indicated on the Contacts page. 

Registration Appeals

Students looking for information on registration appeals (such as late withdrawal) should refer to our procedures on refunds and withdrawal. Students looking to appeal a Required to Withdraw or other academic standing decision should refer to Academic Standing FAQs

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