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Appeals – Form B (Formal Inquiry)

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Matters that are Directed to a Hearing at the Outset Learn More

  • Academic Integrity Policy decision of a Faculty Adjudicator
  • Form B Formal Inquiry decisions
  • Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities – certain decisions of the Dean of Students

For these types of appeals, please visit the Form C: Appeal to the Senate Board for Student Appeals page.

Preliminary Inquiry

Before filing a Form B students are expected to initiate a preliminary inquiry by going directly to the appropriate instructor, officer or University authority whose decision/action is being questioned.

If the preliminary inquiry has not resolved the matter in a timely fashion, students should then proceed to filing the Form B.

The timelines for submitting a Form B must be adhered to.

Deadlines

Deadlines to file a Form B are directly related to the Term in which the work was originally assessed.

The Form B must be submitted to the appropriate Office no later than:

  • July 31 immediately following the Fall/Winter Term
  • November 15 immediately following the Spring/Summer Term

What is a Form B: Formal Inquiry

There are two types of Formal Inquiry: – Academic Process and Non-Academic Process

Academic Process

A student questions their grade or the assessment of their performance on a piece of work or in a course, or their academic standing or status in a program, and alleges error or injustice on grounds other than the academic assessment of their work, such as:

  • the method of evaluation was not fair and reasonable in the circumstances; or
  • the instructor was biased against the student; or
  • the instructor deviated substantially from the course outline in contravention of applicable University policies; or
  • the application of University regulations governing program or degree requirements was not fair, just, or reasonable.

Non-Academic

A student questions as unfair, unjust or unreasonable, a decision or action of a University authority or official, which has negative material consequences for their University life, and which is unrelated to courses, or to program or degree requirements.

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Adjudication Process

The matter will be investigated as per the Student Appeal Procedures and the Associate/Assistant Dean shall make a decision and respond in writing with reasons.

This response is normally provided within three weeks of receiving the formal inquiry.

Undergraduate Student Submissions

The Form B must be submitted to the appropriate Office.
Undergraduate Students are to submit to the Faculty/Program that is responsible for the decision being questioned.

For students in degree programs not offered by a Faculty (e.g. the Arts and Science Program), the Program Director is equivalent to the Associate Dean of a Faculty.

Graduate Student and MCE Student Submissions

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Graduate students are to submit their Form B to the School of Graduate Studies

McMaster University Continuing Education (MCE) Students Contact MCE website

Continuing education students are to submit their Form B to MCE