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Course Policies & Course Practices: 

ATTENDANCE:

Each student has a professional obligation to attend all classes unless prevented from doing so because of an illness or extenuating personal circumstances. Failure to attend all regularly scheduled sessions will compromise the student's mastery of the material, and adversely affect his or her performance in the course. Should the student miss class, it should not be assumed that the instructor can or will cover material presented in class on an individual basis. Students are responsible for all material and announcements made in class. Announcements may include changes in examination dates and/or content, changes in reading assignments or other important material. Unawareness of an announcement made in class will not be an acceptable excuse for any failure to meet course requirements.

 

E-MAIL ACCOUNTS:

Students are required to activate and maintain a Ryerson Matrix e-mail account.  This shall be the official means by which you will receive university communications. See http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/pol157.pdf

 

Student emails will be returned within three academic days.  Emails on the weekend will be returned at the beginning of the week.  All students are expected to compose emails in a professional manner.  All students are expected to use their Ryerson email address for all communications with their instructor.

 

MISSED TERM WORK OR EXAMS:

Students are expected to complete all assignments, tests, and exams within the time frames and by the dates indicated in this outline. 

 

CHANG SCHOOL GUIDELINES / PROCEDURES FOR MISSED TERM TEST OR FINAL EXAM:

You must inform your instructor of any situation which arises during the semester which has an adverse effect on your academic performance and you must request any necessary considerations or accommodations. 

·         A doctor’s certificate is required to substantiate illness.  See http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/medical.pdf for the required Ryerson medical form.

·         Religious Observance requests are to be made formally within the first two weeks of class.  See to http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/relobservforminstr.pdf

 

If you miss a term test you must do the following:

·         Inform your instructor by e-mail prior to the test.

·         Present the completed official Ryerson medical certificate to your instructor within three working days or no later than the next scheduled class.

If you miss the final exam you must do the following:

·         Inform your instructor by e-mail prior to the exam.

·        Within three business days of the final exam, please present the completed official Ryerson medical certificate to your instructor or, if your instructor is unavailable, at the front desk of the Chang School, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street.

·         If the medical documentation is approved and the instructor assigns an Incomplete (INC), it is the student’s responsibility to arrange with the instructor to write a makeup exam at the first available opportunity.

 

INCOMPLETE COURSEWORK (INC) OR MISSED FINAL EXAMINATION DUE TO DOCUMENTED MEDICAL OR COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS:

An INC can be awarded only when the completion of the outstanding work or an alternate

final examination may result in a passing grade.  The outstanding work or alternate examination must be completed by a specified date within three months of the submission of the INC.  The INC will be replaced by an official course grade when the work is completed.  If the work is not completed by the deadline, the INC will become a grade of F.  The designation INC is not included in calculating the GPA nor is it counted as a course credit or failed course.

 

COURSE MANAGEMENT:

Every effort will be made to manage the course as stated. However, adjustments may be necessary during the term at the discretion of the instructor. If so, students will be advised and alterations will be discussed prior to implementation. Students will be informed of any alterations by email and/or announcements in class.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

1.     Students are required to adhere to all relevant University policies, such as the Student Code of Academic Conduct.  University regulations concerning unacceptable academic conduct (cheating, plagiarism, impersonation, etc.) will be followed. See the Ryerson University calendar or online versions (http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/pol60.pdf and http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/pol61.pdf , and http://www.ryerson.ca/studentguide/Introduction9.html) for more explanation.

 

2.     Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and penalties range from zero in an assignment all the way to expulsion from the university. In any academic exercise, plagiarism occurs when one offers as one’s own work the words, data, ideas, arguments, calculations, designs or productions of another without appropriate attribution or when one allows one’s work to be copied. 

 

See the Ryerson Library for APA style guide references: http://www.ryerson.ca/library/subjects/style/index.html.

 

3.      It is assumed that all examinations and work submitted for evaluation and course credit will be the product of individual effort, except in the case of team projects arranged for and approved by the course instructor.  Submitting the same work to more than one course, without instructors’ approval, is also considered plagiarism.

 

4.      Students who have committed academic misconduct for the first time will, at a minimum receive a “0” on the work, and an instructor may assign an “F” in the course.  The Academic Integrity Seminar will also be assigned and students will have the notation Disciplinary Notice (DN) placed on their academic record and official transcript.  The notation shall remain until the students graduate, or for eight (8) years, whichever comes first. 

 

5.      Students who commit academic misconduct a second time shall be placed on Disciplinary Suspension (DS) for up to two years, at which time they may apply for reinstatement to a program.  The designation DS shall be placed on their permanent academic record and official transcript.  The notation shall remain until students graduate, or for eight (8) years, whichever comes first. 

 

6.      Disciplinary Withdrawn standing (DW) shall be permanently noted on students’ academic records and official transcripts. 

 

7.      Expulsions shall be permanently noted on students’ academic records and official transcripts. 

 

8.      NOTE:  Students may not drop a course when they have been notified of the suspicion of academic misconduct.  If a student attempts to drop the course, the Registrar’s office will re-register the student in that course until a decision is reached.

 

9.      When an instructor has reason to suspect that an individual piece of work has been plagiarized, the instructor shall be permitted to submit that work to any plagiarism detection service.

 

CHEATING ON AN EXAM OR TEST: 

Ryerson’s Examination Policy requires that all students have a valid student identification card or other photo identification on their desk at all times when taking an examination. If it is suspected that someone is impersonating a student, the photo identification of that person will be checked, and the person will be asked to sign the exam paper for further verification. If it is suspected that the identification is not valid, students may be asked to provide alternate photo identification. Security may be called, if circumstances warrant.

 

ACCOMMODATION FOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE:

Students must file the necessary forms for accommodation of religious observance at the beginning of the term, or for final exams, as soon as the exam schedule is posted (see policy on Accommodation of Student Religious Observance Obligations and related form).  Please refer to http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/relobservforminstr.pdf.

 

ACCOMMODATION FOR DISABILTY:

Students who wish to utilize the Access Centre must submit documentation to the instructor prior to a graded assignment, test or exam, according to the Access Centre Policies and Procedures.  For tests/midterms exams, it is the student’s responsibility to book an upcoming test at least 7 days prior to the date of writing the test.  For final exams, it is the student’s responsibility to book an upcoming final exam time at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the examination period.  The student must confirm the date with the instructor.  For complete details please refer to:  http://www.ryerson.ca/accesscentre.

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN ACADEMIC APPEALS:

Students should read the Undergraduate Academic Consideration and Appeals policy at http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/policies/pol134.pdf

 

It is the student’s responsibility to notify and consult with either the instructor, or the Chair/Director of the teaching department/school, depending on the situation, as soon as circumstances arise that are likely to affect academic performance.  It is also the student’s responsibility to attempt to resolve all course related issues with the instructor and then, if necessary, with the Chair/Director of the teaching department/school as soon as they arise.  An appeal may be filed only if the issue cannot be resolved appropriately.

 

Students who believe that an assignment, test, or exam has not been appropriately graded must review their concerns with their instructor within 10 working days of the date when the graded work is returned to the class.

 

STANDARD FOR WRITTEN WORK:

Students are expected to use an acceptable standard of business communication for all assignments. You are encouraged to obtain assistance from the Writing Centre (http://www.ryerson.ca/writingcentre/) for help with your written communications as needed. 

 

MAINTAINING A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:

Laptop computers, cell phones, or other devices should not be used for non-classroom activities as they are distracting to other students, speakers and your instructor.  Students who do not comply will be asked to leave the classroom.

 

ACADEMIC GRADING POLICY:

Evaluation of student performance will follow established academic grading policy outlined in the Ryerson GPA Policy.

 

 

The grading system is summarized below:

 

Definition

Letter Grade

Grade Point

Conversion Range

Excellent

A+

4.33

90-100

A

4.00

85-89

A-

3.67

80-84

Good

B+

3.33

77-79

B

3.00

73-76

B-

2.67

70-72

Satisfactory

C+

2.33

67-69

C

2.00

63-66

C-

1.67

60-62

Marginal

D+

1.33

57-59

D

1.00

53-56

D-

0.67

50-52

Unsatisfactory

F

0.00

0-49