Accused of cheating or plagiarism?
Having a problem with your supervisor or department?
Other technical problems affecting your ability to complete your studies?
Unfortunately, many of our members will encounter problems during their time at Concordia. When these situations occur, the GSA is there to help you.
Please note that the GSA provides graduate students with advocacy services through the CSU Advocacy Centre.
How Can the Advocacy Centre Help You?
Student advocates at the CSU Advocacy Centre are trained help and represent students in academic or behavioural interviews and hearings held under Concordia’s Academic Code of Conduct and Code of Rights and Responsibilities. If you have been charged with academic misconduct under the Academic Code of Conduct or if you have been charged with behavioural misconduct under the Code of Rights and Responsibilities, it is strongly recommended that you meet with a student advocate who can help explain the steps involved in the interview and/or hearing process, help you prepare for your meeting, help you understand the charges, help you present your evidence and accompany you to the meeting (whether in-person or remotely).
Furthermore, if you wish to submit a formal complaint against a member under the Code of Rights and Responsibilities, a student advocate can assist you in understanding the appropriate violations listed in the Code and help you draft a formal complaint professionally and in a way that will best assist you in making your complaint well heard and understood at a Hearing.
Student advocates can also help you understand other bureaucratic processes internal to Concordia that you may be struggling with and can help you deal with certain department or faculty issues that are structurally unfair and/or impose unnecessary barriers.
If you are unsure about if or how the Advocacy Centre might be able to help you, please do not hesitate to contact them and request a consultation. The CSU Advocacy Centre is a strictly confidential service available to undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia.
Location & Operating Hours
The Advocacy Centre is located on the mezzanine floor of the Hall Building in local H-222.
Current operating hours are Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm except on designated federal and provincial holidays on which the service is closed.
**Currently the Advocacy Centre is operating remotely as part of the present conditions Concordia is under during the impact of Covid-19.
To Book an Appointment
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings with a student advocate are by appointment only.
Appointments are typically arranged as Microsoft Teams video calls.
To schedule an appointment or inquire about our services and how they might help you, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (514) 848-7474 ext. 7313 and leave a detailed message with your name, student ID number and a phone number and/or e-mail address they can reach you back on. They work to respond to all inquiries by next business day.
How Can the Legal Information Clinic Help You?
We are a free service that provides legal information, referrals, and accompaniment in both French and English to undergraduate/graduate students, CSU clubs, and other associations. Volunteer law students are available to assist with legal information and research, but only lawyers are able to represent someone in court, prepare court documents on their behalf, or advise them on their best legal options.
The Legal Information Clinic works to provide students with the best possible options and resources that will assist them in receiving the fairest possible treatment under the law and to allow them to make the most suitable decision.
How to Contact the Legal Information Clinic
You can currently reach the legal information clinic remotely via email or phone!
Phone: (514) 848-7474 ext 7375