Ryerson faces $10-million lawsuit over academic misconduct policy

March 19, 2010

Ryerson University is being threatened with a $10-million class-action lawsuit that claims the school's academic misconduct policy denies students the right to have a lawyer present at hearings where they can be given failing grades or recommended for expulsion. The statement of claim, filed by a student who was nearly expelled for running a Facebook study group, says the current policy deprives students of an adequate defence, while causing "significant emotional and/or mental stress." If the lawsuit is certified, it could include every Ryerson student who has appeared before misconduct tribunals since March 2003 -- potentially thousands of students. The university's general counsel says the school will vigorously defend against the claims. Toronto Star