Pre-Hearing

Once your Notice of Appeal has been filed with the ADFG Office, your materials will be reviewed to determine if they are complete. If the appeal package is determined to be complete, it will be forwarded to your respective Division.

PLEASE NOTE: The ADFG Office cannot provide you with advice on the merits of your case or legal advice regarding your appeal.

However, if your appeal package is not complete (e.g. missing supporting documents, missing your requested remedy, etc.) the ADFG Office may notify you about missing documents or information that you will be required to submit to the Office to complete your appeal package.

You must submit all materials by the 90th calendar day. Therefore, you are advised to submit your appeal before the 90th day in case you realize that you have forgotten certain material or evidence.

If you do not forward all of your materials to the ADFG Office by the deadline, you might not be permitted to submit them at a later date, or your file may be closed if it is determined that it is not complete.

There are circumstances when the ADFG Office may close your file without a hearing. The ADFG Office will deem an appeal abandoned and therefore closed, for one or more of the following reasons:

  1. You fail to complete your appeal with all required documentation and/or within the appropriate timelines.
  2. You do not make yourself available and/or are unresponsive to communications or requests, and you do not provide valid reasons and/or appropriate documentation to explain your unavailability/unresponsiveness.
  3. You do not make yourself available to have your appeal heard by the second available hearing week, and do not provide valid reasons and/or documentation explaining why you need the hearing deferred.


Please see section: When Will My Hearing be Scheduled?

The Division has 60 calendar days to provide a Response to your appeal. The specific deadline is set out in the ADFG Office’s letter to the Division. You will receive a copy of the letter requesting a Response that is sent to the Division.

The Division provides its Response directly to our Office (which consists of 5 hard copies and an electronic copy of all of their materials, including attachments). The ADFG Office then forwards a copy of the Division's Response to you, along with a letter from the ADFG Office providing you with a two week time period in which to provide a Reply to the Division . A specific deadline will be given to you in that letter to provide your Reply, should you choose to write one.

A Reply is an opportunity for you to respond only to new information/materials that the Division has put forward that was not already addressed in your original appeal material. Your Reply should be brief, should you decide to submit one. Replies are not mandatory and you can choose not to submit one as part of your appeal. If you do choose to submit a Reply, p lease submit 5 hard copies and an electronic copy, including attachments, to the ADFG office. You will be given two weeks to submit your Reply, and the deadline will be provided to you by the ADFG Office.

Panel members will get a copy of all of the materials that you and the Division have submitted in relation to your appeal. This will include your Appeal Package and supporting documentation, the Division's Response, and your Reply (if any).

The ADFG Office generally forwards these materials to your Academic Appeals Committee members three to four weeks in advance of the scheduled hearing, so that they have time to read all of the materials submitted by both parties. You should therefore assume that the panel members have read all of the materials prior to your hearing.

Normally, once the documents have been submitted to the panel, no further documents may be submitted to the ADFG Office.

Hearings are held three times a year over one (1) week during the months of October/November, March and May/June. Therefore, hearing dates and times are limited.

The ADFG Office will set your Academic Appeal hearing for the first available hearing date based on the expected submission date of all of the materials from you and the Division. For example, if you file your appeal at the end of June, the Division will have 60 days to file its Response. This will likely occur at the end of August. You will then have two (2) weeks to submit a Reply, which will give you until mid-September. The materials are then distributed to your panel at least three (3) to four (4) weeks in advance of your hearing. Therefore if the October/November hearing week is towards the end of October your matter will be heard at that time. Students are contacted well in advance of the potential hearing dates to determine their availability. You are expected to be available to attend your hearing.

If you are unable to attend your hearing during the scheduled hearing weeks, a formal written request will have to be made to the Senior Chair, Prof. Hamish Stewart via the ADFG Office, located at:

27 King's College Circle, Room 106
Simcoe Hall
Toronto, ON
M5S 1A1