Decision Review

If you disagree with a penalty your instructor gave for an academic integrity violation (cheating or plagiarism), you can request a review of the decision (Decision Review).

Please read the whole Academic Integrity policy and procedures before deciding if you want to appeal. Understanding what an academic integrity violation is, as well as understanding the College’s procedures, will help you decide if you want to write a letter. 

Send your letter to the Student Services Office at dss.office@langara.bc.ca. You can also drop it off at Building T, Room T206.

Instructions

  • Write a letter and send it to the Student Services Office within five (5) business days of being notified of the academic integrity violation and imposed sanction. Requests for a Decision Review MUST be in writing. Verbal requests will not be considered.
  • If you have documents that help explain the situation, attach these to your letter.
  • Write your letter clearly and concisely. Make sure you fully explain the situation without including unnecessary information. Tips on writing an Appeal Letter are here.
  • Your letter must identify the reasons you think the decision was wrong. These reasons are called “grounds.”
  • The only grounds for a Decision Review are:
    • The action which received a sanction does not constitute an academic integrity violation as defined by the policy.

    • There is clear and demonstrable evidence of a procedural error that significantly affected the outcome of the decision.

    • The sanction imposed under the policy is too harsh given the nature of the violation.

  • Your letter must show how one or more of the grounds applies to your situation AND what you would like to see as an outcome. You must make your argument based on the facts. Simple dissatisfaction with the sanction or not understanding the rules is not grounds for an appeal.
  • The Dean will review your letter and decide if you have shown adequate grounds for your request to be sent for a Decision Review.
  • If you did not show adequate grounds, the Dean will dismiss the request and notify you in writing. The Dean’s decision is final and cannot be appealed further.
  • If the Dean decides there are sufficient grounds for a Decision Review, your request will be forwarded to the appropriate department representative.
  • If the Decision Review process results in a change to the previous decision, you will be notified. If it does not, you may have access to the Formal Appeal Process.

Information about the Decision Review process is found on page 4 of the Academic Integrity Policy Procedures.

Formal Appeal

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Decision Review, there are some circumstances where you may be able to request a Formal Appeal. Please read about the Formal Appeal process on page 5 of the procedures.

Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures

The Academic Integrity policy and procedures are on the Langara website. To find the policy, open the Langara main page and select About Langara. Navigate down the menu and select College Policies. Under the Policies tab, select "Policies (A-Z)". The policy is entitled: Academic Integrity - F1004.