Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy

Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy

1.0 POLICY

As the learning environment is a shared responsibility involving commitment to and respect for the principles and practices of acceptable behaviour, students attending The Royal Alberta College are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner suited to the best interests of the College. They are expected to apply themselves to their studies and act with propriety and conformity regarding the policies, rules and regulations, including the Student Rights and Responsibilities..

If a student does not accept and live up to these responsibilities as outlined, the College reserves the right to take such action as, the case
warrants.

When a student feels that his/her rights are not being met, the student shall have the right to take appropriate action in accordance with this and other College policies.

2.0 RATIONALE AND SCOPE

The rights and responsibilities of students are described to ensure that the College environment is conducive to learning and supports an atmosphere of civility and safety for students and the College community when students are involved in on-campus activities, learning activities associated with courses or in off-campus College-related learning activities and environments, events or other activities. Students are empowered to provide feedback through various College survey and evaluation instruments that are made available to them. Students are also encouraged to provide feedback through the Office of the Registrar.

REGULATIONS

The Alberta Licensee is responsible for the overall management and implementation of this policy.

3.0 Part A – Rights

3.1 Students shall have the right to assemble.

3.2 Students have a right to a healthy and safe environment. The student has a right not to be subject to harassment, sexual harassment, bullying or discrimination, indignity, injury or violence.

3.3 Students have specific information access and privacy protection rights and protections as granted them under the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act and Regulation. The FOIPP Act applies to all information collected, generated, and recorded by the College in effecting its business.

3.4 Students have the right, at the beginning of a course, to receive a course outline which provides notice of instructor availability, course content and expectations, calendar description, requirements for attendance and punctuality, evaluation requirements and teaching methodologies, and how significant changes to the course outline will be communicated.

3.5 Students have a right to expect that the College’s academic schedule is followed.

3.6 Students have a right to freedom of opinion and expression within the bounds of the learning environment and, where course content allows, in assignments and exams, but not at the expense of the rights of others.

3.7 Students have a right to proper and impartial evaluation of their performance. Students have a right to request a reassessment of written final examinations

3.8 Students have the right to have their completed assignments returned to them after they are marked, unless the instructor has previously informed the student otherwise.

3.9 Students have the right to expect the College to provide instructors who possess appropriate knowledge and teaching skills in relation to their course of instruction.

3.10 Students have the right to study in a College environment that respects academic integrity.

3.11 Students have the right to procedural and substantive fairness in any investigations of allegedly improper student conduct or alleged violations of Academic Integrity.

3.12 Students have the right to request and view any rule, policy or guideline regarding study and general conditions at the College as well as information regarding the consequences of transgressing such rules, policies or guidelines.

3.13 Students have the right to support, through the appropriate student governance representatives, with regard to any right, according to the procedures in effect at the College.

3.14 Students of the College will have the right to access a process to appeal a decision or ruling that affects them unless a College policy notes that a matter is not able to be appealed such as failure to comply with security clearances.

4.0 Part B – Student Responsibilities

By the act of applying to a program and/or registering in courses, each student agrees to be bound by the policies, regulations and procedures of Alberta College.

4.1 Students must conduct themselves in a responsible manner, and any of the following shall constitute improper student conduct:

a) Cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating and falsifying, assisting others in dishonest behaviour, or obtaining an unfair advantage.

b) Engaging in behaviour that is defined as harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, or discrimination, whether through words, conduct or material, is reasonably considered to be offensive to someone or that demeans, belittles, intimidates or humiliates another person. This behaviour includes threatening to subject or subjecting any person, student or staff to physical, sexual or mental harassment, indignity, injury, violence or discrimination.

c) Disturbing, disrupting, or otherwise interfering with learning, studies, laboratories, lectures, work or other activities of fellow students or staff. In addition, students must respect the rights of other persons to health, privacy and security.

d) Intentionally damaging, destroying or moving without authority the property of the College or of any student or employee.

e) Making unauthorized use of or unauthorized entry to College property.

f) Participating in unauthorized or potentially hazardous activities.

g) Failing to obey the lawful instructions of any College official or employee acting in the performance of his or her duty and failing to obey all published or posted regulations relating to the use of and entry to College building and facilities.

h) Failing to obtain approval, or failing to follow procedure as required under College policies and regulations

4.2 Students are responsible for acquainting themselves with course outlines, content, evaluation methods, timelines, and methodology

4.3 Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to course prerequisite and co-requisite requirements.

4.4 Students are responsible for acquainting themselves with procedures to be followed regarding rescheduling or replacement of classes or assessments
and examinations.

4.5 Students are responsible for addressing any concerns first with the instructor or, if this is not feasible, with the Chair.

4.6 Students are responsible for punctuality and course attendance as specified per program.

4.7 Students are responsible for submitting assignments to their instructors within the required deadlines.

4.8 Students are responsible for retaining copies of all submitted work until the end of the term.

4.9 Students are responsible for taking advantage of educational activities offered to them and for taking part in meetings during which topics concerning them will be discussed.

4.10 Students are responsible for using College services to ensure proper orientation to their studies, monitoring of academic progress and graduation requirements.

4.11 Students are responsible for fulfilling their obligations, as agreed upon in conjunction with the College, with regards to the use and proper treatment and timely return of College property and services at their disposal.

4.12 Students are required to respect standards of responsible journalism and communication by avoiding the creation or distribution material of a slanderous, defamatory or indecent nature, unfounded allegations, slights to personal dignity and malevolent insinuations.

4.13 Students who live in the College’s residence must adhere to all Residence Community Standards.

4.14 Students are responsible for reading their e-mail as directed to their College-assigned e-mail account and for responsible use of technology

4.15 Notwithstanding any other student responsibilities as indicated in the policy, students are responsible for adhering to municipal, provincial and
federal laws.