XV. General Information

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Judicial Processes

Every student has a RIGHT to a full and fair hearing, by an impartial tribunal, of the merits of any charge brought against him or her under these regulations. Every student who is charged with a non-academic offence has a right to present a full and complete defence and to be accompanied by an advisor (or legal counsel) at any hearing of the charge against him/her. Students charged are presumed innocent until found guilty on the basis of evidence presented, using the balance of probabilities as the standard of proof. The University has devised a process that provides for appropriate disciplinary penalties to be imposed. These penalties may include fines (up to $1,000), probationary periods, warnings and, in extreme cases, a recommendation for suspension or expulsion.

Every student has a RESPONSIBILITY to comply with a Summons or Decision and Order of the Judicial Committee and/or Hearing Board. Failure to do so may constitute a breach of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The President or designate may implement an interim suspension if, in his/her opinion, a student's conduct raises a reasonable apprehension of harm to the student or to others in the University community, or the normal functioning of the University. A judicial proceeding will be undertaken as soon as possible to allow for a hearing of the case and, in any event, no longer than fourteen working days from the laying of the charge.

The Judicial Committee at the main campus and each regional campus has the authority to enforce these regulations if a breach of the regulations occurs off-campus, which affects the rights of members of the University community to use and enjoy University facilities.

Each Judicial Committee is an appointed tribunal of students, staff and faculty that hears reported incidents of student behaviour that represent alleged infractions of the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy, and formal complaints against students under the Human Rights at the University of Guelph policy. The Judicial Committees may also act as an appeal body to hear appeals regarding decisions of a non-academic nature imposed by a University of Guelph department or regional campus where there is no other existing appeal process.

Decisions of a Judicial Committee may be appealed to the Hearing Board, or in the case of the regional campus, the Appeal Board. The Hearing/Appeal Board is a student/faculty tribunal appointed from a roster of candidates based on recommendations from the colleges or campuses. The Hearing Board hears appeals from decisions of the Judicial Committee when one or more of the grounds for appeal are satisfied.

Further information and additional copies of the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy are available from the Office of Student Affairs, 4th Floor, University Centre, or call extension 53868.

This policy is also available at the University of Guelph’s website: http://www.uoguelph.ca/hre/hr.shtml

Comments on this policy and specific suggestions for amendments or additions to the student regulation are welcome at any time

1 Refer to the University’s Acceptable Use Policy, available online at:http://www.uoguelph.ca/web/aupg/.

2 Refer to the Human Rights at the University of Guelph document, available online at: http://www.uoguelph.ca/hre/hr.shtml.

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