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Academic Policies for International Students

It is important to familiarize yourself with Confederation College’s official academic policies …

Please review the academic policies prior to your arrival at Confederation College. Some additional details you should be aware of include the following:

If you fail a course:

You will have to repeat the course and will have to pay additional fees to do so. You cannot write a makeup test to pass a course.  Be aware that the additional course fees are often as much as $1,800 per course. 

Class Conduct:

  1. On the first day of class your instructors will inform you of specific class rules and provide you with a syllabus that will include a class schedule, book list and important dates and deadlines.
  2. Your instructor will tell you how to address them on the first day of class. This may be by their first name or a more formal title like Mr./Mrs./Ms. In general, Canadian instructors do not like to be called “teacher”.
  3. Drinking water or coffee is usually acceptable in class. Eating in class is often not acceptable. You should wait for a break to eat.
  4. Turn off your cell phone in class. If you must answer a call, leave the classroom quietly so you do not disturb the class. Tell your instructor before class if you are expecting a call that you will have to answer. 
  5. Talking to classmates while the instructor is talking is considered disrespectful and disruptive.
  6. Arrive on time to class. It is considered rude to be late. If you are late, enter the classroom as quietly as possible. Some teachers require students to wait for a break to enter the class if they are late.
  7. If you must leave the classroom early, do so as quietly as possible. Have a valid reason for leaving early and tell your instructor before the class begins. It is less disruptive to leave during a class break.
  8. Class attendance is mandatory and vital to your academic success at Confederation College. There is no excuse, other than an emergency, to arrive late or miss a class.
  9. In Canada you are responsible for your own learning. If you are absent from class you must find out what you missed from your classmates or instructor. Your instructor will not come to you.
  10. You are expected to ask for help when you need it. It is not considered embarrassing to you or the instructor if you ask for help.
  11. In Canada instructors and students recognize that there are many sources of knowledge. It is acceptable for instructors to say “I don’t know the answer to your question, but will find out.”  Faculty will not pretend to be experts on all matters and will honestly say when there is a question raised on a matter that they are not fully knowledgeable about.
  12. Students are expected to actively participate during the class. Students are encouraged to take notes, participate in classroom discussions, and ask questions. Raise your hand to ask questions or make comments when the teacher is lecturing. Speak freely and respectfully during group discussions. It is not rude to have a different opinion if you express it respectfully.
  13. If your instructor is speaking too quickly, ask questions. Exchange notes with classmates. Leave space in your notes to add more later if you miss points. Ask the instructor’s permission before tape-recording lectures. Some faculty will post their lecture notes on Blackboard (our online learning system).  If they do, you can then concentrate on what they are saying rather than copying their notes.
  14. You are encouraged to visit Academic Support Centre for guidance on being successful in a Canadian classroom.