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Non-Academic Misconduct Policy

10.2.6 Exclusion from Class or Exam for Disruptive Behaviour

10.2.6.1 Exclusion from Class by an Instructor

  1. When a student disturbs, disrupts, or otherwise interferes with classroom activities, the instructor may immediately exclude the student from the course for a particular class and may also exclude the student from the next subsequent class in that course. In each case, the instructor is required to notify the course professor and the Program Director by the next business day.
  2. If the behaviour persists when the student is re-admitted to class, the instructor may again immediately exclude the student from the class and the instructor must initiate proceedings against the student according to the procedures described above. The student’s exclusion from class will be in effect until a decision is reached by the Program Director. If a student is reinstated by a decision of the Program Director, such decision shall not invalidate the prior action of the instructor. The University shall not be held legally responsible for any lost class time. The Program Director shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the student within five (5) calendar days from the date of the most recent exclusion.
  3. The student may appeal the Program Director’s decision as set out below. The student shall not be permitted in the class without the Program Director’s written approval until such time as the appeal is heard and decided.
  4. Within five (5) calendar days of receipt of the appeal, the Program Director shall provide written notice to the student of the decision, any penalty imposed and the deadline to appeal to the Vice-President, Academic of ten (10) calendar days.
  5. The student (hereinafter cited as the appellant) must lodge a written appeal with the Vice-President, Academic within ten (10) calendar days after the decision was delivered or deemed to have been delivered to the appellant.
  6. The Vice-President, Academic shall consider the appeal and review the matter in a manner which he/she, in his/her sole discretion, deems appropriate, and may either sustain, quash, or vary the decision being appealed. Where a decision against the appellant is sustained, the Vice-President Academic may also confirm, vary, extend, or suspend the exclusion from class initially imposed.
  7. The Vice-President, Academic shall communicate his/her decision to the appellant, or his/her agent/ representative/lawyer, in writing within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of the appeal or within such longer period as the Vice-President, Academic deems necessary in his/her sole discretion.
  8. Decisions of the Vice-President, Academic shall be final and binding, and no right of appeal lies therefrom.

10.2.6.2 Exclusion from an Exam by an Exam Supervisor

  1. When a student disturbs, or otherwise interferes with exam activities, the exam supervisor may immediately exclude the student from the exam room and request that the student return immediately his/her exam test and booklet. The exam supervisor shall advise the student that he/she can request to write another version of the exam at a later date.
  2. The exam supervisor is required to notify the Registrar, the course professor, and the Program Director by the next business day.
  3. The student who feels that he/she has been unfairly treated can lodge a complaint with the Program Director. The decision of the Program Director and of the Vice-President, Academic, in the case of an appeal, shall not invalidate the prior action of the exam supervisor.
  4. The Program Director shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the student within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of the complaint.
  5. The University shall not be held legally responsible for any contract period or credit lost.
  6. The student may appeal the Program Director’s decision by following the same procedures outlined under Appeal Procedures within this policy.

Information effective September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.

Updated June 06 2017 by laurab

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