by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
Kris McInnis is the first student ombudsmen representative run through the UWSA, OPUS and the GSS.
The new position is to help students through academic and some non-academic issues such as plagiarism. The three main bylaws McInnis will be working with are Bylaw 31, which involves academic integrity, Bylaw 32, which involves procedural irregularities and discrimination regarding academic instruction evaluation and appeals and Bylaw 51, which involves academic evaluation procedures.
“The general scope of my position is to assist, inform, educate and help defend students in cases of academic matters, grade appeals and other academic and sometimes non-academic matters,” said McInnis. “I’m available to students from all three positions whether they are fulltime, part-time or graduate students.”
McInnis’ has a background in the proceedings of academic cases and said she will be able to adequately represent and help out students through anything they may be concerned about. She is also a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Upper Canada. She said her job is not to win cases but to make sure students are not taken advantage of or discriminated against in any proceedings.
It was just recently in the revision of the bylaws in March that stated students could be represented my an ombudsman person so the position is brand new and can definitely help students out according to McInnis.
President of the UWSA, Jaydee Tarpeh, said fair representation of students is something the university needed and McInnis is the best person for the job.
“I always tell students, no matter what the case is, there’s always a way to deal with it,” said Tarpeh. “Unfortunately, students think it’s the end of the rope when these cases come up but we want students to know there is now a resource here. That is why we got Kris.”
There are cases where professors are not being fair and a lot of students are not well-informed according to Tarpeh. Tarpeh said he does not know McInnis very well yet but she is very good at what she does and she is very knowledgeable and professional, and cares for the students.
“If anyone has any issues, they are welcome to come and see me in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,” said McInnis
For more information or to inquire about a case, contact Kris McInnis at 519-253-3000 ext. 4509 or at