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Policies

ENGLISH-ONLY

English is the only language that we all have in common when we are together in and out of the classroom, whatever the level. To learn English better, and faster, it is necessary to speak it as often as possible. For these reasons, only English is used for communicating in class and during learning activities.

Students who do not comply after repeated reminders by the ELC staff and instructors will need to meet with the ELC Manager, and may be asked to leave the program without a refund.

ATTENDANCE

Attending all classes and all activities is essential to learning and improving English, and to being a successful student

Being late counts as missing one hour. Missing a total of 20 hours or more of class time or learning activities for any reason including health or family issues, will seriously jeopardize continuation in the program.

In such cases, students have two options:

  1. Stay in the program with no possibility of advancing to the next level.
  2. Leave the program, with no refund available.

ACADEMIC APPEAL

Students have the right to appeal a grade for an assignment or course.

ACTIONS TO TAKE:

  1. Talk to your instructor immediately.
  2. If you believe your teacher does not understand your appeal, you may speak with your Student Resource Co‑ordinator or Senior English Language Specialist.
  3. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may speak with the ELC Manager.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

The university community values and promotes respect, integrity, diversity and accountability among all members of the university.

All students must respect the university’s Student Conduct Policy. It is your responsibility to read and understand your obligations under this policy.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

  • No cheating
  • No plagiarism

ELC students (as with all university students), must respect the university’s policy on Academic and Non-Academic Conduct. Cheating and plagiarizing—using someone else’s work as your own—are examples of what is not acceptable.

Students must read the policies. The ELC instructors will help students understand the policies and will explain the serious consequences for violations.

STATEMENT ON RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

The ELC endeavours to provide a safe environment, conducive to personal and intellectual growth, not only free of discrimination, injustice and actual or threatened violence, but also characterized by understanding, respect, peace, tolerance, trust, openness and fairness. The ELC promotes and advocates academic freedom and freedom of expression. At the same time, the ELC ensures all members of its community can reasonably expect to pursue their work and studies in a safe and civil environment.

The ELC promotes achievement of intellectual and personal growth through the exchange of information, ideas, beliefs and opinions. This includes dissemination and discussion of controversial topics and unpopular points of view in an academic setting.

ELC students and faculty have a responsibility to promote an inclusive, mutually respectful and safe environment and to exercise their right to freedom of expression and inquiry responsibly, in ways that recognize and respect the dignity, rights and freedoms of others. The ELC will not tolerate disrespectful behaviour, harassment and discrimination in any form.

If you are uncomfortable with the information being discussed during your program, or feel that you are being disrespected or your rights violated, please speak to your instructor, your Student Resource Co-ordinator, or the ELC Manager.

 

DEFINITIONS

Appeal:
Making a serious request for the reversal of a decision.

Cheating:
Being dishonest or unfair to gain an advantage. Example: telling your teacher you are sick to avoid writing a test.

Consequence:
The result or effect of an action or condition.

Plagiarism:
Submitting someone else’s work/ideas and pretending it is your own.

Academic Conduct Policy:
A document that describes what the university defines as academic misconduct as well as what will happen to individuals who are accused of academic dishonesty.

Non-academic Conduct Policy:
A document that describes what is expected from students (their rights and responsibilities) and what consequences/appeal processes are in allowed.

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