Academic Appeals:

Academic Disciplinary Appeals

  •  Accusation of academic dishonesty:
  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Falsification
  • Tampering
  • Talk to your professor to try to resolve the situation informally. If informal resolution does not work, contact the Registrar’s Office at [email protected] to proceed with a formal resolution. At this point the Senate Academic Discipline Committee will consider the complaint.
  • Be aware that the Senate Academic Discipline Committee has the power to discipline a student to waive the complaint or increase the severity of the punishment.
  • For further information, please see the most recent version of the Saint Mary’s University’s Academic Calendar available on their website.
  • If the regulations were not followed accordingly, there is an opportunity to appeal the Senate Academic Discipline Committee to the Senate Academic Discipline Appeal’s Committee.


Grade Appeals

  • You can appeal a grade if you think you have been assessed unfairly and have a strong case to support your claim. The only grades that can be appealed are official final grades. It’s important to note that if a formal grade appeal is undertaken, the final grade can be raised, lowered, or unchanged.
  • To proceed with a grade appeal, you must first consult with the instructor of the course within 30 days of receiving your final grade. If you are still unsatisfied, then you must consult the Chairperson of the department and/or Dean of the faculty.
  • If this still remains unresolved then you must download the academic appeal form ( or visit the Senate Office and/or your Faculty Advisors to obtain a paper form. There is a $30.00 fee associated with this appeal and it will be returned if your appeal is successful.
  • You must complete this form and attach any documents such as student-instructor emails, the syllabus, and marked assignments and/or tests to Ms. Barb Bell (Senate Office). These documents will be sent to the Academic Appeals Committee, as well as documents provided by the instructor.
  • The Academic Appeals Committee will convene a hearing panel to hear the statement of the student and in some cases, the instructor. After listening to the statements and reviewing the documentation, the committee will make a decision regarding the appeal.
  • For further information, please see the most recent version of the Saint Mary’s University’s Academic Calendar available on their website.



Good Academic Standing

  • You are deemed to be in “Good Standing” if you have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.70.
  • To obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Science, or Commerce you must be successful in achieving a 2.00 Degree Grade Point Average (DGPA)
  • To obtain a Diploma in Engineering or a Certificate you must be successful in achieving a 2.00 Program Grade Point Average (PGPA)


Probationary Status Terms


  • If at the end of the academic year (typically May 1st ), you have completed 24 credit hours minimum with a CGPA of at least 1.00 but less than 1.70, you will be put on Academic Probationary status.
  • If at the end of the academic year (typically May 1st), you have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours with a CPGA of below 1.00, you will be suspended from the school for 12 months.
  • If at the end of the academic year (typically May 1st ) you have been previously suspended, and on probation and don’t satisfy the requirements, or on probation and fail to follow governing conditions you will then be dismissed from the school for 12 months.

If your CGPA falls below either threshold, you can have the opportunity to appeal by writing a letter explaining your reasoning for the low CGPA. This should be addressed to the Dean or the Associate Dean of your faculty that deals with student concerns.


If you have any further questions or wish to find more information on these academic processes, please contact theSMUSA Vice-President Academic & Advocacy. If you wish to have help outlining your appeal, the SMUSA Vice-President Academic & Advocacy will be sure to assist you.


5th Floor Student Centre

[email protected]

(902) 496-8705


SMUSA performs provincial lobbying and advocacy through a student run provincial organization called StudentsNS

About StudentsNS

StudentsNS (formerly the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations) was formed in 2003 to provide a united student voice in Nova Scotia. A non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy group, StudentsNS represents 37,794 post-secondary students at 6 institutions across the province: Annapolis Valley NSCCSA, Marconi NSCCSA, ASU, Kingstec NSCCSA, SMU, STFX U.


  • Acadia Students’ Union
  • Atlantic School of Theology Student Union
  • Cape Breton University Students’ Union
  • Nova Scotia Community College Kingstec Student Union
  • Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association
  • St Francis Xavier Student Union 

StudentsNS Mandate

StudentsNS’ mandate is to represent Nova Scotia post-secondary students by advocating for four fundamental values: accessibility, affordability, quality and student voice.

To learn more about StudentsNS, visit, or contact your StudentsNS representatives:



Ossama Nasrallah

[email protected]


Lawson Morassutti

[email protected]



SMUSA performs federal lobbying and advocacy through a student run federal organization called Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)

About CASA

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a national lobby group which represents and advocates on behalf of SMUSA to the federal government. It is an alliance of 21 Student Associations and unions from across Canada that promotes the interest of over 250,000 post-secondary students. CASA meets regularly with Federal Members of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Public Servants, and attends relevant committee meetings and hearings.

CASA’s lobbying efforts are aimed at pressing the Federal Government to invest more in higher education – to ensure that Canada has an accessible, affordable, and high quality post-secondary system. Issues CASA is working on include: the Canada Student Loans Program, the Canada Student Grant Program, Repayment Assistance Program, access and affordability of post-secondary education for underrepresented students, interest rates on student loans, indirect research costs, graduate students, undergraduate research, the granting councils, protection of intellectual property, CST funding, tuition, public vs. private institution, and the Pan-Canadian Accord.

To learn more about CASA, visit, email them directly at [email protected] or contact your CASA representatives:


Ossama Nasrallah


[email protected]



Lexa Ali

Vice President Academic & Advocacy

[email protected]