Report #289

DATE: January 30, 2004

Hearing Date(s): October 31, 2003

Committee Members:
Professor Ed Morgan (Chair)
Mr. Sachin Aggarwal
Professor Mary Beattie
Professor Clare Beghtol
Dr. Alice Dong

Mr. P. Holmes, Judicial Affairs Officer


For The Student:
Mr. M.

For UTM:
Professor Gordon Anderson

UTM – extension on course work – due date extended twice – failure to submit work a result of leaving insufficient time to complete it – Faculty not at fault for Student’s complaints – appeal dismissed – recommendation that Faculty specify a firm time and date on which an assignment is due when granting extensions

Request for a second extension of time to have term work graded in the course. The Faculty had granted the Student an extension to complete two term essays. The Student was first given a vague date as to the extended due date but the Faculty followed–up with a firm date soon after. The due date was re–extended twice to accommodate the Student. The Student claimed that he had automotive problems on his drive back from a vacation weekend, and that he encountered lengthy lines at the library computer terminals when he went to use the library’s facilities. One of the two term essays was not delivered by the final revised deadline. The Student claimed that he submitted the second essay electronically before the revised deadline and later realized that it had not been received. Only the one term essay was graded and the Student failed the course. The Committee observed that the Student was given numerous extensions and had ample time to complete the assigned work, and that his failure to submit the second term paper by the extended deadline was a result of having left himself insufficient time to complete it. The Committee stated that the Faculty was not at fault for the Student’s complaints. Appeal dismissed. The Committee recommended that the Faculty specify a firm time and date on which an assignment is due when granting extensions.