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September 27, 2016
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University Policies and Procedures

Graduate students are expected to familiarize themselves with university policies. Refer to the Graduate Calendar for more information. Refer to Forms for required paperwork which pertain to policies and procedures of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. 

Leave of Absences/Inactive Status

All graduate students must maintain continuous enrolment until graduation. If circumstances arise that prevent students from remaining engaged in their academic work (e.g., illness, family emergencies, unexpected financial necessity that University funding cannot ameliorate, or career change), they may petition for inactive status (i.e., a leave of absence from their studies)>>>

Parental Leave

Parental leave may be granted for up to three consecutive terms and is not subject to the one-time only provision. Complete a student petition to notify the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies of your inactive status.  Your parental leave will be granted with supporting documentation, (e.g., written confirmation from attending physician)>>>

Student Appeals

A graduate student may appeal any decision taken by an individual or body acting in the name of the university that affects the academic standing of the student and that the student believes was made unfairly.  Common appeals include the following:

  • Extension to complete Coursework (second request)
  • Extension of program milestone (e.g. comprehensive requirement, MRP/Thesis/Dissertation)
  • Extension to degree time limits
  • Required to withdraw
  • Leave of absence (Inactive Status)
  • Grade Reassessment

Your appeal will be heard by the Graduate Student Appeals Committee (GSAC). Students are advised to review carefully the GSAC Guidelines before preparing the appeal. Incomplete submissions, or appeals without adequate comments from program representatives will not be heard>>>

Annual Progress and Activity Reports

Every doctoral student is required to submit to their advisor, by April 15 annually. This report will then be reviewed by the student's advisor and commented upon by the full advisory committee. The full report (which includes both the student's statement and the advisor's submission) is then reviewed and acknowledged  by the student and the program's Graduate Officer.

The full report, including the student's submission, is due in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, by June 1, annually>>>

Academic, Research and non-Academic Misconduct

Academic dishonesty, fraud, misconduct and failure to respect the rights of others are all offences under this code. For more information on Laurier's policies on academic, research and non-academic misconduct >>>

Research Ethics

Information on Laurier's policy on ethics review of research involving humans including a link to the online research ethic's board (REB) application system>>>

Intellectual Property

Students who submit work to the university that is eligible for copyright protection, and which is submitted as a requirement of an academic program, are entitled to sole copyright ownership. For more information on Laurier's policy on the ownership of student-created intellectual property>>>


Laurier's policy on harassment and discrimination>>>

Student Records and Privacy

Laurier's policy on privacy>>>

Academic Accommodation of Graduate Students with Disabilities

Laurier's policy on accommodating graduate students with disabilities>>>