Dispute Resolution Process | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is working to ensure that existing and incoming graduate students, and applicants stay informed of the University’s response to the evolving global impact of COVID-19.  The University is continuing to update our COVID-19 page with recent information, answers to FAQs and other resources. 

Existing Students: see UPDATE FROM THE AVP GRADUATE STUDIES.  For international students with questions relating to your study permit, please connect with your international student advisor; if you have gone abroad or intend to go abroad, and you have new immigration or travel concerns, please consult with your international student advisor.

Incoming Graduate Students:   Students expecting to start summer'20 should have received an email outlining your options; if not,  please email us.  Students expecting to start fall'20 should count on doing so, at least until told otherwise.  If you have questions or concerns about meeting the conditions on your offer letters, please email us.


Applicants: We continue to process applicants and issue of offers of admission. 

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is committed to supporting our students.  We will work with you to ensure minimized disruption for all current and incoming students. 

Dispute Resolution Process

It is the policy of the University to resolve Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) problems, concerns and disagreements quickly and fairly. The purpose of the following process is to provide an orderly and standard administrative process by which PDFs may seek resolution of differences that may arise concerning terms and conditions of employment and other work-related matters.

Nothing in this process prevents a PDF from discussing problems, personal or work related, with supervisors.



This process is not designed to address human rights, workplace harassment or workplace violence complaints.

Human Rights complaints should be made through the Office of Diversity and Human Rights in accordance with the University’s Human Rights Policy.

Workplace harassment or violence complaints should be made to Occupational Health and Wellness in accordance with the University’s Workplace Harassment Prevention Policy and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy.