University Tribunal Reasons for Decision: Key Principles
The Office of Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances ("ADFG") has identified cases that discuss key principles that parties to a University Tribunal matter may find helpful. Knowing how the University Tribunal has dealt with a similar issue in the past may be helpful when preparing for an University Tribunal hearing.
This database contains cases of the University Tribunal's trial and appeal divisions. Decisions from cases of the appeal division are binding on the trial division.
While the ADFG identified these cases as containing key principles, this selection is not exhaustive, nor will a party necessarily agree with the key principle that has been identified. Depending on the circumstances, other cases in the database may be more relevant. It is up to a party to determine which case(s) they find useful and how best to argue their case. Parties may also wish to use the ADFG's database of all Tribunal cases to find decisions relevant to their matter.
Please note this selection should not be construed as legal advice, and ADFG assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the case summaries or key principles described. Consequently, ADFG strongly encourages you to search the database and review the cases carefully to identify cases you believe are most relevant to your situation.
Please read the following search instructions and parameters carefully before conducting research.
This database allows you to search University Tribunal cases that illustrate key principles, as selected by the ADFG. These cases are categorized by key principles and outcomes.
This tool is not meant to be exhaustive but was developed merely to assist as part of your independent research. The cases are selected for your ease of reference only, and the principles they illustrate are not necessarily binding on the University Tribunal, nor will a party necessarily agree with the principles identified.
How to search for cases that contain key principles?
Cases containing key principles identified by ADFG can be found as follows:
- To see the list of key principles discussed in reasons for decisions issued by the University Tribunal, click on the down arrow for the Key Principles box.
- Select a key principle from that drop-down menu. (For example, you can select "Procedural, Substantive, and Other Issues".)
- A second box may appear to the right if that principle is divided into additional principles. To narrow your search, select a subject from the drop-down menu in that second box. (Using the example in the previous step, you can select reasons for decisions issued by the University Tribunal, you can proceed directly to step 7.)
- If that subject can be broken down further, a third box will appear to the right. Select a subject by using the drop-down menu in that third box.
- If you want to refine your search even further, select a specific outcome using the drop-down menu in the Outcome box (such as "Acquittal" or "Dismissed").
- If you want to continue to narrow your search, you may do so by adding keywords in the Search box.
- Click the APPLY button to see the results. Cases meeting your search criteria will appear. (Using the search criteria in steps 2 and 3, Case 922 appears.)
- To view a case summary, click on the VIEW CASE SUMMARY button for that case. That button appears after the keywords.
- To view an entire case, click the VIEW CASE button, which can be found after the summary or on the initial summary page for the case.