Stressed Dalhousie student loses court appeal after failing exams
Supreme Court of Nova Scotia rejects Roslyn Chambers' appeal
A Dalhousie University law student has failed in her bid to force the university to let her rewrite two first-year exams after claiming she was too stressed to perform well.
Roslyn Chambers failed the exams, and was told by the university that as a result, she had failed to achieve the 55 per cent average necessary to advance to second year.
She was told she would have to repeat her first year.
Chambers asked that she be allowed to write supplemental exams and asked the university to consider stressors that she claimed had affected her performance on the first exams.
She even provided supporting medical documentation.
Last June, Dalhousie University’s Studies Committee denied Chambers' appeal, despite her repeated requests.
Once she exhausted all of her appeals at the university, Chambers took her case to court.
She asked the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for a judicial review of the university's decision.
The court document shows Chambers alleged bias, because the two professors who failed her sat on the Studies Committee.
In a ruling released Monday, the Supreme Court rejected Chambers' appeal.
In his decision, Justice Patrick Duncan said, "The hearing process and decision were transparent and intelligible."
"The decision certainly fell within a range of reasonable outcomes," the judge wrote.
"I am satisfied the applicant was given every opportunity to make her case and meet the case against her at the initial hearing and at the [Senate Appeal Committee]," Duncan wrote.
Despite losing her case, Chambers is still a law student at Dalhousie.
This past spring, she won the 2013 Impact Award for social justice.
The university says the Student Activist Award "is presented to the Dalhousie University student who demonstrates the highest level of passion and commitment to social justice, leads by example, inspires others, and acts with integrity."