Students' Rights & Responsibilities

It is assumed that students enroll at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) out of an interest in furthering their education. Accordingly, it is expected that students will conduct themselves towards university staff, fellow students and members of the university community in a manner consistent with the goals and professional demeanor of an educational institution. This includes demonstrating a respect for legitimate rights and freedoms of others.

The Office of Student Affairs works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty and community partners to guide and support students on their learning journey towards student success. Through clear articulation of education of rights, responsibilities and TRU policies, the office promotes a safe and inclusive environment for the growth and development of TRU students.

 Thompson Rivers University Policies

It is a students' responsibility to familiarize themselves with institutional policies and regulations, which can be found on the Thompson Rivers University’s Official Policies and Procedures website.

Any member of the TRU community (student, staff or faculty) can contact the Office of Student Affairs to consult about a matter related to academic or non-academic policies and regulations. Concerns can be resolved formally or informally and we can meet with students, staff or faculty to discuss concerns and outline resolution opportunities available.

 Academic Regulations

Thompson Rivers University students are required to comply with the standards of academic integrity set out in the Student Academic Integrity (ED 5-0) Policy.

It is the responsibility of Thompson Rivers University faculty and staff to take reasonable steps to prevent and to detect acts of academic dishonesty. It is an instructor's responsibility to confront a student when such an act is suspected and to take appropriate action if academic dishonesty, in the opinion of the instructor, has occurred.

In conjunction with the Academic Integrity Committee, a standing committee of Senate, the Office of Student Affairs strives for a proactive approach in addressing academic integrity by providing information and resources in support of high academic standards in scholarship and academic achievement.

As a student, if you have been accused of academic dishonesty and are seeking assistance, please contact the Office of Student Affairs for support in understanding your rights and responsibilities.

The Thompson Rivers University Library also supports students with research help, such as evaluating and citing sources. For information visit Get Research Help.

 Academic Appeals

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) recognizes that although most students experience no concerns regarding their education, some students occasionally experience problems with the interpretations of TRU policy or procedures by TRU staff. TRU encourages students and staff to resolve academic issues through discussion with an instructor, chair and/or Dean prior to submitting a formal academic appeal. When resolution is not reached, students may bring forward for formal review, matters that have not been resolved to their satisfaction.

The formal review process concludes with a decision that is final and binding upon all parties. TRU recognizes the right of students to appeal:

  • decisions on final grades (an appeal on a decision on a grade other than a final grade requires consent of the relevant Dean);
  • decisions on the application of Senate policies, procedures and regulations as they relate to student academic performance; and
  • perceived unethical conduct by TRU staff or other students.

Please note that formal appeals must be submitted in writing, together with the approved fee, within 30 days of the decision or action that is being appealed.

For support in filing an academic appeal, please review the Student Academic Appeals Policy (ED 4-0) and contact the Office of Student Affairs.

 Non-Academic Regulations

Thompson Rivers University promotes teaching, scholarship and research, and the free and critical discussion of ideas. The University is committed to providing a working and learning environment that allows for the full and free participation of all members of the University community.

It is expected that students will conduct themselves towards University staff, fellow students and members of the University community in a manner consistent with the goals and professional demeanor of an educational institution. This includes demonstrating a respect for legitimate rights and freedoms of others.

In the event the University considers students’ conduct to be inconsistent with this expectation, or considers that students are not appropriately dedicated to the furthering of their own education, they may be suspended for a set period or indefinitely. As such, students should familiarize themselves with the Respectful Workplace and Harassment Prevention Policy (BRD 17-0) and the Suspension of Students (ED 7-0) Policy.

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