OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Monday, May 5

#6418

QUESTION: I missed a final exam for one of my courses because I was having serious heart issues and went to the doctor that day. i have a doctor's note marked "severe" and also I have visited a psychologist few times this semester due to stress and other issues. I talked to a professor and he wouldn't let me defer the final, he put DNW (did not write) as a mark. I want to petition that, but heard that it might not work since other course marks are fine. does any of you know, if I have chances? Is it possible?

5 comments

  1. Wow, at Guelph, you just have to make the note look like it came from a doctor and it seems like they accept it. But they have no right asking why you had to see the doctor, as long as the doctor thinks its severe enough to miss an exam

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  2. since you have documentation and you want to petition it, i think you have a good chance of working it out.
    file a grievance to the prof. if you and your prof don't work something out from your initial grievance, file an appeal and take it up with the dean.

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  3. Hey OP, I was the Deputy Commissioner of Educational Quality and Integrity last semester (I was the one in charge of the Grievances and Petitions survey). Shoot me an email at aczhou (at) uwaterloo.ca and I'll try and help you out as best as I can!

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  4. Definitely petition it. That freaking outrageous. It's not your fault you had a potentially life threatening health issue

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  5. This is not a petition matter. It's a grievance. Read and understand the exam regs (especially the "Documentation" section) and Policy 70. And then if you feel that the instructor's decision was incorrect in light of the regulations, definitely file a grievance. You should have a good shot at success.

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