Report #320

DATE: June 22, 2007
PARTIES: (Student did not attend) v. UTM


Hearing Date(s): April 27, 2007

Committee Members:
Assistant Dean Kaye Joachim, Chair
Professor Jan Angus
Mr. Kristofer Coward
Professor Ellen Hodnett
Professor John Wedge

In Attendance:
Ms. Nancy Smart, Judicial Affairs Officer
The Student did not attend

For the University of Toronto Mississauga:
Gordon Anderson, Chair, Academic Appeals Board, UTM

UTM – late withdrawal without academic penalty – sudden deterioration of heath – Student did not attend hearing – assertion of improvement and then deterioration of health not credible – Student attended exam in another course during same period – appeal dismissed

Request for late withdrawal without academic penalty from two courses due to illness. The Student did not attend the hearing. The Committee found that the Student had been given proper notice of the hearing but failed to attend without a reasonable excuse. The Committee made its decision based on the written material filed by the Student and material presented by the Faculty. The Student submitted that the decision not to withdraw in a timely fashion was due to the improvement in her medical condition and the sudden deterioration of her condition in late November. The Committee was not satisfied that the medical evidence submitted supported the Student’s appeal. The Committee found that the assertion of improvement and then deterioration first surfaced in response to the Faculty’s decision that the Student should have withdrawn from the course due to the illness, and was not credible. The Committee found that the Student was able to attend the exam in another course during the same period and passed. Appeal dismissed.