Academic Advocacy

The Student Association’s Academic Advocacy Program

Have you received a grade you feel is unfair?  Are you dissatisfied with the quality of teaching offered by your instructors?  Do you think your instructor could be giving you more feedback and support? The Student Association’s Academic Advocacy program is here to provide you with the tools and guidance you need to resolve issues like these.

The Academic Advocacy program assists students by

  • helping identify the George Brown College policies that are relevant to their academic issue
  • explaining students’ rights and responsibilities, in accordance with the academic policies
  • teaching self-advocacy skills and self-empowerment
  • encouraging students to resolve their issue at the lowest and most immediate level

Program staff members are trained to help and guide you to resolve conflicts or disagreements with instructors, chairs and deans. All students of George Brown College can access the program free of charge.

If you disagree with an instructor’s grade, decision or classroom conduct you have options:

  • Talk to them, you’re allowed to ask questions
  • Download and look over George Brown’s Academic Appeals Policy (updated February 2014) to see the steps you can take to resolve academic issues
  • Download and look over George Brown’s Code of Conduct for Academic Staff to see if your instructor is in breach

Contact the Academic Advocacy program to schedule an appointment to discuss your case in person. Everything you talk about will remain confidential, unless you decide to move forward with an appeal. There are three ways to make an appointment:

1.      Get in touch by email (preferred): saadvocacy@georgebrown.ca
2.      Leave a message on our confidential hotline: 416-415-5000 x 6320
3.      Fill out an Academic Advocacy Intake Form at any Student Association office

We make every effort to respond to all inquiries within two business days. Please note that email is the best way to ensure a quicker response.