Academic Appeals

Student Academic Appeal Policy

Alpha International Academy and St. Lawrence College are committed to fairness and require adherence to policy in decisions affecting students. The goal of the Academic Appeal Procedure is to seek resolution when a student feels that he/she has not been treated fairly with respect to the academic policy. Academic appeals provide a mechanism for reasonable review of academic decisions.

A student who feels that an AIA policy has been violated or that a decision is excessive or unwarranted may appeal the academic decision. If more than one student is appealing the same issue, a group appeal may be made, following the same process as an individual appeal. It is the AIA’s responsibility to maintain academic integrity.

The St. Lawrence College at Alpha International Academy Academic Appeal Procedure is based upon the concept of collegiality, and seeks to find common ground and build consensus leading to a mutually satisfactory resolution. The Academic Appeal Procedure is internal and attempts to be as open as possible. Specific time limits are identified in the Procedure. AIA has the right to identify and limit the participation of individuals not directly involved in the appeal.

The AIA counselors can act as Appeal Advisors and the student has the right to an Appeal Advisor to assist with an appeal. The role of the Appeal Advisor is to provide guidance to the student, not to advocate on his/her behalf. While an appeal is in process, the student may continue in the course or program of study; however, the Principal may prohibit continuation in cases where the health, safety, or learning of others may be at risk.

St. Lawrence College maintains a 3 Step Academic Appeal Procedure:

It is the intent of the Academic Appeal policy to provide a reasonable, efficient and effective process to facilitate the resolution of matters affecting a student’s academic performance and, where relevant, their standing in a program.

Step 1 is a written appeal that requires a statement identifying the issue and the reasonable outcome sought. The student must have a formal meeting with the faculty member involved. The student may request that an Appeal Advisor attend this meeting.

Step 2 is also a written appeal that occurs when the student does not agree with the outcome of Step 1 and believes the decision does not conform to the academic policy or procedures and/or was deemed unfair given the evidence presented. This appeal requires a statement identifying the issue and the outcome sought. If the outcome has changed, it must be clearly and factually articulated why this has been newly entered. The Dean hears Step 2 appeals, meeting separately or as a group with the student, the Appeal Advisor, and the faculty member, and in some cases with others who can contribute relevant information. An administrative fee will be charged at Step 2.

Step 3 provides an opportunity for a review of the Step 1 and Step 2 decisions and ensures that these decisions conform to the College’s academic policy and procedure and were fair in their decisions. The Step 3 Appeal Committee is made up of management, faculty, support staff, and students, all trained in the Academic Appeal Procedure. All parties may request that a support person attend; the Appeal Advisor attends this meeting with the student. Decisions of the Step 3 Appeal Committee are final and binding.

 

Note: The student must actively monitor their own timelines at each step of the Academic Appeal Procedure or the appeal will be abandoned.