The Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals (OAIA) provides students and faculty with information and resources that promote and maintain UFV's commitment to Academic Integrity. As well, we handle informal facilitated resolutions and formal appeals by providing information and managing the process for students and faculty with regards to appeals of misconduct issues and appeals arising from conflicts over student evaluation, placement, transfer, accommodation of disability, admission, course challenge, academic policy, and assessment. The process is determined by the UFV Academic Appeals Policy (61) and the Student Academic Misconduct Policy (70).
Whenever possible, the Coordinator will endeavour to reconcile appeals and complaints at the informal stage by using a variety of resolution methods. Please note the Coordinator is not an advocate for either students or faculty but a facilitator for the resolution of appeals and complaints.
The Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals is guided by the principles of natural justice, which is interpreted as ensuring procedural fairness. The appeals process ensures that both parties will know the evidence in advance, to be given the opportunity to speak about their side of the case, and to have unbiased decision makers.
This site is intended to be used as a tool to provide students and faculty with information about academic appeals and academic integrity and misconducts.
UFV recognizes that students have the right (Academic Appeals Policy 310.01) to appeals decisions and practices that directly affect their academic standing. The academic appeal guide and the Academic Appeals Policy available on the website will help you to understand the appeal process and organize your appeal.
Faculty and staff members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Academic Appeals Policy and the appeals process.
Any questions should be directed to the Coordinator, Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals.
Academic Integrity and Misconduct
Students at UFV must take responsibility for ensuring they meet the requirements for academic integrity and for avoiding academic misconducts. The UFV community expects that all members will meet and maintain the highest standards of academic honesty.
Therefore, students who are uncertain if they are violating the Student Conduct Policy have an obligation to seek advice, preferentially from their instructor. Further advice can be sought from department or program heads and the Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals. A lack of familiarity with the Senate Policy or with the appropriate standards of academic honesty on the part of a student does not constitute a defense against its application.
The role of the Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals is to handle complaints regarding academic appeals and misconduct appeals. Complaints concerning harassment will be referred on (please see the Harassment Prevention Policy 110.05 and students alleging instances of instructor misconduct will be forwarded to the relevant Dean.
If you are not sure which policy or procedure is most relevant to your concern or if you have any questions, consult with the Coordinator, Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals.