Students may appeal sanctions imposed under the Student Code of Conduct if student believes the sanction decision was unfair or incorrect. Students who disagree with other actions taken by instructors or other College employees should speak with the instructor, the employee or the Department Chair or supervisor about the concerns.
Grounds for an Appeal
To appeal a sanction, a student must make an Application to Appeal showing that one or more of the following grounds have been met. Tips on how to write an Appeal Letter are here.
- Relevant evidence has become available that was not available at the time of the original decision and there is a strong probability that the evidence would have a significant effect on the decision;
- The severity of the sanction is disproportionate to the nature of the violation; or
- The student was denied:
- An opportunity to know the case against him or her;
- An opportunity to respond to the case against him or her;
- An unbiased decision.
An Application to Appeal must:
- Identify the grounds for the appeal,
- Include a copy of the original decision,
- Set out the requested outcome.
If a student is requested to attend a meeting with regard to an appeal, the student may be accompanied by a support person who is a member of the College community, providing the support person has had no prior involvement in the matter under appeal. Attendance at an appeal meeting by any other person shall be at the discretion of the entity hearing the appeal. If a student does not attend a meeting when requested to do so, the matter will be decided based on the available information.
Appeal of a Sanction other than Suspension
A student must submit an Application to Appeal to the Office of the Dean, Student Services within seven days of receiving the sanction decision. Appeal applications may be scanned and submitted via email to the Office of the Dean, Student Services, or may be mailed or dropped off at:
Office of the Dean, Student Services
100 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 2Z6
Within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving the application, the Dean, Student Services may:
- Request a meeting with the student before rendering a decision;
- Request additional information from internal or external sources. If such information is provided, the student will be given an opportunity to respond to that information; or
- Render a decision based on the written application.
In response to the appeal, the Dean, Student Services may:
- Deny the appeal because it does not meet the required grounds;
- Deny the appeal and uphold the sanction;
- Grant the appeal and remove the sanction; or
- Grant the appeal, remove the sanction and impose a different sanction.
The Dean, Student Services will notify the student in writing of the outcome of the appeal. Any decision rendered as an outcome of this process is not subject to further appeal.
Appeal of Suspension
Where a student is suspended from the College, the student may appeal this decision by submitting an Application to Appeal to the Board of Governors. The designated member or members of the Board will notify the student of the procedures involved in the appeal.
The complete Appeals Procedure can be viewed here.