Student Advocacy


Find out more about rights, academic misconduct, and filing petitions or appeals


As students at UOIT, you have the right to:

  • Be provided with a course outline within one (1) week of the start of class. The course outline should also include:
    1. A list of required learning materials
    2. An outline of topics, learning outcomes and course objectives
    3. A breakdown of the grading scheme as well as a schedule for tests and assignments and
    4. The contact information of the professor, as well as any teaching assistants and/or laboratory instructors
  • Reasonable access to your professor before and during a course
  • Receive at least one (1) significant mark before the last day to withdraw from a course
  • Not have any test or exams worth more than fifteen percent (15%) in the last five (5) days of classes
  • Observe your faith without academic penalty and with reasonable accommodation
  • Opt out of
  • Privacy of your grades
  • Appeal an mark for any test or assignment if you think it was marked unfairly or incorrectly
  • Apply for a deferred exam when scheduled to write and complete three (3) exams within a twenty-four (24) hour period
  • Appeal an academic regulation or ruling
  • Be free from reprisal when making an appeal, even if it is denied
  • A fairly administered appeals process
  • An education free from any form of harassment and/or discrimination
  • Protest the infringement of your rights


Below are your rights as students at UOIT with respect to equity.  They are compiled from UOIT’s policies and procedures on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities, Academic Staff Responsibilities with regard to Student, and Harassment and Discrimination, and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

We acknowledge that while this is a good start, there is still much more work to be done to make the university a more equitable place, and we are working hard to improve issues that entrench the marginalization of some of our membership.

  1. The university will act within its purview to prevent or remedy discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, receipt of public assistance, or record of offences for which pardon has been granted.
  2. Every student has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.
  3. The university will make reasonable accommodations for students who observe religious holy days other than those already accommodated by ordinary scheduling and statutory holidays.
  4. Instructors will make every reasonable effort to avoid scheduling tests, examinations or other compulsory activities during religious observances when alerted to them by students.
  5. The university will strive to ensure that every member of the university community is accorded the requisite environment to live, learn and work free of bias or discrimination.
  6. The university will strive to ensure that every individual on campus is treated with dignity and respect
  7. You have the right to attend university free from harassment, defined as a course of vexatious comments or conduct that is known or ought reasonable known to be unwelcome (the Ontario Human Rights Commission has ruled that a single misconduct can constitute harassment if it is sufficiently serious).
  8. You have the right to be accommodated so that you same opportunities as everyone else, short of undue hardship.


Submitted through the Office of the Registrar, petitions are formal requests for a waiver of a regulation and/or deadline. If you are petitioning for special considerations or need help with an appeal the Student Rights & Advocacy Coordinator can provide you with advice, information, and representation if required.

Remember, everything related to a petition is confidential and you can request to review the information in your file at anytime. Don’t forget to photocopy all submitted documents and keep copies of rough work or drafts for assignments.


Jennifer Neitzel
Service Coordinator

61 Charles Street, Oshawa, ON

905 721 2000 ext. 5632


Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM