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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 25, 2014

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Petitions Procedures



A student may appeal to the appropriate Faculty Petitions & Regulations Committee any decision taken by an individual or body acting in the name of the University, which affects the academic standing of the student, and which the student believes was taken unfairly.†

Students should submit the petition with the Office of the Dean of the academic unit in which they are registered (i.e., to the Faculty of Science for students in Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science and Psychology programs).

There are two types of appeals that may be made through an academic petition. Firstly, an appeal may be filed on the grounds that the normal Faculty or University rules, calendar requirements and regulations have not been properly or fairly applied to the student's circumstances. In this instance, the Faculty Petitions & Regulations Committee will review the circumstances and the rule and it shall make a decision accordingly.

The second type of appeal is when a student asks the Faculty Petitions & Regulations Committee for relief from the Faculty or University rules, calendar requirements and regulations because of extenuating circumstances, such as illness or bereavement. In this type of appeal, the Petitions & Regulations Committee will review the extenuating circumstances and it may exercise its discretion to grant an exception to the student.

Both types of appeal shall be in writing.† All petitions shall be commenced by filing the appropriate form.† The Faculty of Science Petitions and Appeals Form is available on-line (via link below).† All necessary documentation and information must be complete.† As the student will not be able to appear in person before the Petitions & Regulations Committee, it is important that the student ensure that all relevant materials, including a written detailed synopsis of the circumstances pertaining to the appeal, is submitted as part of the petition.

Completed petitions are to be submitted in person to the Dean of Science Office (N1048).† If circumstances do not allow for submission of the original form in person in a timely manner, the petition may be faxed to the Dean of Science office (Fax # 519-884-0464, Attention: Maureen Coulter) to initiate the request process. However, a final decision will not be made until the original signed form and supporting documentation is received.

The Faculty Petitions & Regulations Committee will consider and decide all petitions within six (6) weeks of the filing of the petition. The decision of the Petitions & Regulations Committee will be conveyed via your myLaurier e-mail address ONLY. If you are expecting a response from the Associate Deanís Office, you must check your myLaurier account on a regular basis.

If you wish advice concerning your petition or you wish to discuss your case in person, please arrange an appointment with the Academic Advisor: Faculty of Science, located in the Dean of Science Office, N1048. Appointments are generally available from 9:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Please use the self-booking system below. You will need your Novell (email) login and password to book an appointment.† Phone appointments are also available.† Please book an appointment as usual and indicate in the description area a phone number where you can be reached during that time.

To book an appointment online, please click HERE.

If you have a general question for which an appointment is not necessary, please email: scienceadvising@wlu.ca.††

Fraudulent information and / or altered supporting documents provided on or with your petition is considered a serious academic offense and will result in immediate denial of your petition. Allegations of academic misconduct will also be considered by the Associate Dean: Student Services for possible further penalties under the WLU Student Code of Conduct and Discipline.

Petitions and Appeals Form