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Student Advocacy & Advisement

Student Services offers assistance and advisement services to help you in resolving issues and concerns such as academic related issues. Students are advised of policies and procedures to follow, both informally and formally via appeals. Where appropriate, referrals will be made to other college services or resources. Additionally, Student Services Staff work closely with Student leaders who are also trained to serve as advocates on behalf of the Seneca college student body. By participating in workshops facilitated by the Student Services Department and the Student Conduct Office, student leaders learn to resolve conflicts through interest-based methods of negotiation. They are available to advise you on college policies and procedures and provide guidance on how to resolve both individual and group issues. Please visit the Student Services Office at your campus if you have questions or need assistance.

Academic Policy

A student enrolled in a Seneca College program may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.

Academic Appeals

There are two main types of Appeals.

Informal Appeal – It is best for both students and the College to resolve differences of opinion quickly and informally. Therefore, a student who is dissatisfied with his/her final grade(s), program status or College status, should discuss the matter with the faculty member(s) who recommended the grade(s) and/or his/her faculty advisor, program coordinator or Chair as soon as possible to see if a mutually satisfactory solution can be reached.

Formal Appeal – If the student has been unable to resolve the matter under appeal to his/her satisfaction through the informal appeal process, he/she may file a formal appeal with the College. Assistance may be sought from Counselling or from the Student Services Office.
Review the procedure for academic appeals and download forms.

Cheating & Plagiarism

Cheating: Cheating is a form of academic dishonesty that involves using deception or dishonest methods to complete any form of evaluation.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is another form of cheating: intellectual theft. Plagiarism is using someone else’s work (words, images, ideas, phrases, signatures, or computations) and presenting it as one’s own, instead of properly documenting every source. To support Academic Honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality utilizing software tools and third party services, such as

In submitting their own work to a third party service, students consent to their submissions undergoing such review and being retained in a database for comparison with other work submitted by students.

Specific examples of cheating and/or plagiarism and the potential penalties can be found on the Academic Honesty page.