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Terms of Reference


This Committee was established by Senate resolution 87-88.15, amended September 11, 1989 by resolutions 89-90.8 and 89-90.9, September 10, 2007 by resolution 2007-2008.5 and February 4, 2008 by resolution 2007-2008.53.


The Committee consists of eight members, including six full-time regular professors, one undergraduate student and one graduate student. At least three of the professors must be members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Members are appointed by the Executive Committee of the Senate.

Term of Office

Terms of office are for a three-year period and are renewable.


Five members constitute a quorum.

Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship of the Committee

The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are appointed by the Executive Committee of the Senate from amongst the members of the Committee.

The Chairperson shall not vote, except to break a tie vote.

The Vice-Chairperson replaces the Chairperson when the latter is absent, in which case the Vice-Chairperson shall not vote, except to break a tie vote.

The Secretary of the University or his or her representative acts as secretary to the Committee.  The Secretary of the University does not vote, but has a right to participate in the deliberations of the Committee.

Recusal of Member

A member of the Committee should recuse him or herself when dealing with an appeal where the member, alone or as part of a committee, reported an issue, made a recommendation or rendered a decision in the department or faculty appeal process involving the matter which is the subject of the Senate appeal. Members should also recuse themselves from a particular appeal where they feel that, in the circumstances, they are not sufficiently objective to evaluate the appeal.


  1. The Senate Appeals Committee makes a final decision on the following matters:
    • any appeal submitted by a student concerning the application of regulations governing admissions, promotions and degree requirements, and any other academic regulations of the University;
    • any recommendation of disciplinary sanction, or appeal of a disciplinary sanction, in accordance with relevant Senate regulations;
    • any other appeal referred to the Committee by the Senate or its Executive Committee.
  2. The Committee recommends to the Senate any change which it deems appropriate with respect to the regulations and procedures which it is entrusted to apply.

Report to Senate

Once a year, or upon request from the Senate or its Executive Committee, the Committee shall present a report of its activities to the Senate.

Secretarial Services

Secretarial services for the Committee will be provided by the Office of the Secretary.

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Last updated: 2010.06.08