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Most of the following definitions are taken from the Discipline Appeals Board Terms of Reference and Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed).
PLEASE NOTE: the contents of the web site, where possible, has been written in simplified language. Should a question/dispute arise where the language in the web site differs from The Discipline Appeals Board Terms of Reference, the Terms of Reference will prevail.
A legally qualified person who represents the interests of the Student on their appeal. Oftentimes, a student's legal representative is a law student from Downtown Legal Services (DLS), which is a legal clinic with experience representing students who have been charged under the Code of Student Conduct. The DLS Office located on the University of Toronto campus and provides free legal services to levy-paying students.
An Order is usually issued immediately at the end of a hearing. It can be issued verbally or in written format. The Order communicates the penalties, which are immediately imposed.
*NOTE: Orders are not always issued.
Reasons for decision
The written description of the case, its findings, and the reason for these findings. This is an official document that is agreed upon by all of the panel members and may be published, with or without the Student's identity. (a.k.a. the Decision)
stay on sanctions
The sanctions that were ordered in the original decision will be stayed (temporarily stopped from being imposed on the Student’s record), and will not take effect, unless otherwise ordered by the Senior Chair. Therefore, the transcript will appear as it had prior to the decision of the Hearing Officer.
An offence that is generally considered less serious and requiring a less severe penalty.
trial de novo
A new trial or hearing. In Discipline Appeal matters, there may be exceptional circumstances where the panel may allow the introduction of further evidence which was not available or adduced at the time of the original hearing.