School Policies

These practices are specific to the School of Academic, Liberal and Access Studies.

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Academic Integrity

To maintain academic integrity, student work must b e the product of his or her own efforts. The temptation to cheat can be eliminated by developing effective time and stress management skills and practicing sound study habits, by making good use of the academic support resources at the college, and by engaging in educational planning with the help of academic counsellors. Such practices as cheating and plagiarism compromise academic integrity as defined in the Academic Practices document.

Penalties for Academic Misconduct

Student academic misconduct is a serious offence and will not be tolerated. The minimum penalty for a first offence is a mark of 0 for the work involved. However, the college reserve s the right to assess academic misconduct penalties up to and including course, program or college suspension depending on either the nature of the incident or t he cumulative effect of a subsequent incident.

What to Document

The following is a specific list of materials which must be acknowledged:

  1. Direct quotations of someone else’s words.
  2. Paraphrases of someone else’s words.
  3. Facts and information derived from someone else.
  4. Ideas derived from someone else.
  5. Original creations of someone else.

Merely including a source in the list of references /works cited is not enough. Acknowledgements must be made at appropriate places in the essay/assignment. Refer to Teaching and Learning Plans or assignment instructions for your professor’s specific documentation style.

Cooperative Learning

Students may be expected to work in groups on assignments and to present their results of their work collectively. This type of cooperative learning is not a form of student academic misconduct, but students still need to clearly acknowledge whose work is being presented.

Professors will clearly define their expectations regarding collaboration and group work. The following are examples of some forms of student academic misconduct that Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Niagara College considers in appropriate and which may lead to disciplinary procedures under the Student Academic Misconduct Policy. This is neither a complete nor comprehensive list, but intended to provide the student with guidance through the use of exemplars.

Exams and Tests
  1. impersonation of a candidate in an examination or test
  2. copying from another student
  3. making information available to other students knowing that this is to be submitted as the borrower’s own work
  4. possession of unauthorized material during a test or exam
  5. submission of a take-home examination written by someone else
  1. copying a laboratory report or allowing someone else to copy one’s report
  2. using another student’s data unless specifically allowed by the Instructor
  3. allowing someone else to do the laboratory work
  4. using direct quotations or sections of paraphrased material in a lab report without acknowledgment
  5. faking or falsifying laboratory data
Essays and Assignments
  1. submitting an essay written in whole or in part by someone else as one’s own using another student’s data unless specifically allowed by the Instructor
  2. preparing an essay or assignment for submission by another student
  3. copying an essay or assignment, or allowing one’s essay or assignment to be copied by someone else
  4. using direct quotations or sections of paraphrased material without acknowledgment
  5. the buying or selling of term papers or assignments
  6. submitting the same piece of work in more than one course without the permission of the faculty
  7. submitting all or part of a computer program without major modifications of one’s own

Students are encouraged to consult with their professor in case of doubt. Professors should inform students what constitutes acceptable practice, proper form of citation and use of sources.


The acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills are worthy goals of any institution of higher learning. One way in which these goals may be achieved is by bringing faculty and students together in many different learning situations, i.e. lecture courses, laboratories, seminars and activity courses. Students are advised that unless they participate in course activities, it is unlikely that they will be able to progress satisfactorily.

Class Cancellation

Notices of class cancellations are posted on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Bulletin Board on the wall outside of S105 at the Welland Campus and E201 at the NOTL Campus. Your professor may also post a notice of a class cancellation on Black board, which is why it is important to check Blackboard on a regular basis.

Tests and Exams

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they can write each test or exam within assigned times. Students may be granted an extension of dead lines for legitimate medical or compassionate reasons or based on religious grounds. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss this with the instructor prior to the test or exam to arrange a timely makeup and to provide acceptable documentation to support a medical, compassionate, or religious claim.

The student must provide formal documentation on appropriate letterhead from their physician/religious leader/therapist/etc. which states that, due to medical/religious/extreme circumstance reasons, it was impossible for the student to write the exam/test at the scheduled time.

Please ensure that you do not schedule vacation or employment during these times.

Assignments and Late Policy

Assignments and projects are due on the date and time given by the subject professor. Professors will return assignments or projects within a reason able period of time following the due date. If a student is absent from the class in which assignments are returned, it is the student‘s responsibility to contact the professor to arrange a time to pick up the assignment. Please make and keep an extra hardcopy of everything you submit. You should also make a point of organizing and keeping all your rough work. Teaching and Learning Plans provided to the student will indicate any penalties for late submissions.

Laptop Use

To support a positive and professional learning environment, you are expected to refrain from activities not related to classroom learning. When using your laptop, please exercise courtesy and respect by limiting your use to activities that support your academic studies. You are discouraged from surfing the net; accessing online material, such as games, when not related to learning; and using earphones, except for auditory learning experiences.

Faculty has the right to ask you to refrain from laptop use when activities are not conducive to classroom learning. You may be asked to leave the classroom if you do not comply with these policies. In the case where faculty may use a non-laptop teaching method, you are expected to comply with the faculty’s request not to use your laptop. If you require accommodation due to an identified disability, please speak with your professor and have this included in your letter of accommodation from the Centre for Students with Disabilities.

Use of Other Electronic Devices in the Learning Environment

No photography or electronic recording is permitted in the classroom, laboratory or other learning environment except as expressly permitted or required by the College in writing (e.g. as part of program curriculum or an approved accommodation).

Wireless communication devices such as mobile phones and tablets may be brought into the learning environment, but must be turned off and put away. If you have extenuating circumstances such as child care responsibilities and must be reachable, please speak with your professor and reasonable accommodation will be made. Persons using mobile phones and other personal recording devices with camera features must respect the privacy and dignity of others when taking or sharing photos on College property.

Student/Faculty Consultation

Faculty timetables are posted outside of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Offices (Welland- S105 and NOTL- E201). It is the students’ responsibility to contact their individual professor to agree on a mutual consultation time.