About Student Judicial Services

Student Judicial Services processes non-academic misconduct cases/appeals through the Judicial Committee and academic appeals through the Senate Committee on Student Petitions. The Judicial Officer acts as a resource person to both committees and the students going through either process. The Judicial Officer is entirely neutral and does not advise students how to proceed or how to build their case, as well, the Judicial Officer does not advise either committee in their decisions. The Judicial Officer provides guidance on policy and procedure and ensures the processes are consistent with the relevant University policies which outline the authority and procedures of each committee. 

About the Senate Committee on Student Petitions

The Senate Committee on Student Petitions is responsible for assessing and deciding academic petitions (appeals) filed by any undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Guelph.

The Petitions Committee is the highest academic decision-making body at the University, and its decisions are final.

The Committee is composed members of the University Senate: six faculty and five students. The minimum number of members required for a hearing ("quorum") is three, including the Chair of the Committee, one faculty member, and one student member.

About the Judicial Committee

The Judicial Committee is responsible for assessing incidents of student behaviour that are alleged breaches of the University of Guelph Policy on Non-Academic Misconduct that have resulted in a hearing. This Committee also makes recommendations to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Committee where problems or weaknesses are identified in the existing non-academic regulations affecting students.

The Judicial Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives from the various Colleges and student organizations. Additional information about the Judicial Committee can be found by visiting the Rules of Procedure and the Terms of Reference

Decision's of the Judicial Committee can be appealed (on the basis of specific grounds outlined in the following Terms of Reference) to the Appeals Committee. For information about the Appeals Committee, visit the Appeals Committee Rules of Procedure and Terms of Reference