Here’s why you should know your rights

by Norma Zminkowska

Just like at work, knowing your rights at school is important.

We know “rights” don’t exactly sound like the most exciting topic, but it’s an important one. Knowing your rights as a student shouldn’t be a difficult task. That’s why IGNITE made it easy for you with our Know Your Rights service. Every Humber and Guelph-Humber student has rights but most don’t know what those rights are.

Here’s why it’s important to be in the know:

You may miss an opportunity

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Every student has rights, and you should take advantage of yours. If you didn’t know your rights, you wouldn’t know that you can get a partial credit if you failed a course, or get a tuition refund if you lessened your course load.

“Think of the service like insurance. It’s better you have it and not need it, rather than need it and not have it,” says Stokely Lindo, who is the Vice President of IGNITE at the North campus. “You hope that you never have to use the exam appeal process but if you do, at least you are armed with what you need to know and how to go about doing it.”

It’ll make school easier

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Everyone wants an easier time at school. On top of studying and keeping up with coursework, we also have to deal with unexpected issues that come up. You can argue a grade or a mark if you feel as if you have been graded unfairly. You can also ask for a deadline not only on medical grounds, but also on psychological or compassionate grounds. Knowing your rights will help you realize that you always have a chance.

You can make an informed decision

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On top of being prepared for opportunities that may come up, you’ll also be able to deal with issues in the best possible way.


“It is very important as a student to know these things, because in the event of a serious concern, they know the right pathway and avenue to solve their issue,” says Maja Jocson, IGNITE President. “I believe that understanding the process of how certain things run is a key factor in getting a solution.”



IGNITE’s Know Your Rights service is a great way to learn about your position as a student. Even if you may not need legal help at this moment, it’s important to see what you can do. If you have any questions, our offices are open to help you out. You’re not alone.