At University Senate on Sept. 13, General Counsel Bram Freedman
tabled the Academic Hearing Panel annual report and made an appeal of
his own for faculty members to join the pool. The student pool is full,
said Freedman, but at last count, six hearings are being delayed for lack
of faculty representatives on the tribunals.
The hearings are into cases of academic misconduct and/or re-evaluation
Panels for academic misconduct cases are convened when a student requests
a full hearing. The panels are made up of three faculty members and two
Panels are usually held at 5 or 5:30 p.m., and on average, they last about
60 to 90 minutes. Panel members are expected to read the documentation
sent to them about one week before the hearing. This consists of the incident
report, the decision letter of the dean or delegate, and any evidence
the parties wish to produce.
A non-voting chair presides over the hearing, and the secretary of the
panel writes up the decision for the panel's approval. On the day of the
hearing, panel members listen to both parties and then deliberate privately
regarding the charge and the sanction.
The re-evaluation panels are composed of two faculty members and one student.
They review only the written record when a student is unsatisfied with
the result of his re-evaluation. Re-evaluation appeals occur quite rarely,
usually one per semester. They are usually held during the day.
Danielle Tessier, of the University Secretariat, said, The larger
the pool of available members, the fewer panels an individual will have
to sit on. In any event, members of the tribunal pool are under no obligation
to sit on a panel if it is inconvenient.
All faculty members who are willing to be part of the pool and participate
in hearings will have my everlasting gratitude, she added.
Academic Hearing Panel Report
June 1, 2001 - August 31, 2002
In accordance with article
69 of the Code of Conduct (Academic), this report is submitted to the
September meeting of Senate and will be published in the Universitys
Senate approved modifications to the Code at meetings held in September
and November 2001. In January 2002, the Office of the Board of Governors
and Senate (now part of the University Secretariat) assumed the administrative
responsibility for the record keeping of all incident reports as well
as the coordination of Academic Hearing Panels.
There were a total 254 Incident Reports filed during the time period covered
by this report. The specific breakdown, by faculty, may be found below
in Table A.
During this period, a total of 25 Academic Hearing Panels (AHP) were conducted.
An additional 16 hearings are currently pending and will be conducted
during the months of September and October 2002.
There were six requests for permission to appeal decisions of an AHP filed
during the year. Permission for an Appeal Panel was not granted in any
of the cases.