Course Regulations are included in the individual course outlines adopted by the science departments.
2.1 College Policies
The Dawson College Institutional Student Evaluation Policy (ISEP) addresses all aspects of student evaluation including rights and obligations. This includes, among others, the College’s policy on Religious Holidays, Cheating and Plagiarism, Comprehensive Examination, Final Examinations, Course Outlines, and grading schemes. The policy also specifies some of the responsibilities of teachers toward their students.
Students have the responsibility of familiarizing themselves with the contents of ISEP. It is distributed to each student during Welcome Week, and is available in the library, in the office of the sector Deans and on our website on our ISEP page.
18.104.22.168 Policies on Religious Holidays
Teachers observing religious holidays must give students advance notice in course outlines and specify alternative arrangements for their classes when the holiday falls on a teaching day. Department Chairs must also be informed in advance regarding the particular arrangements.
Students who wish to observe religious holidays must inform each of their teachers in writing within the first two weeks of each semester of their intent to observe the holiday so that alternative arrangements convenient to both the student and the teacher can be made at the earliest opportunity. This written notice must be given even when the exact date of the holiday will not be known until later and must include dates that fall within the final examination period. Students who make such arrangements will not be required to attend classes or take examinations on the designated days, nor be penalized for their absence. It must be emphasized, however, that this College policy should not be interpreted to mean that a student can receive credit for work not performed. It is the student’s responsibility to fulfill the requirements of the alternative arrangement.
2.1.2 ByLaw Concerning the Promotion of Student Success
This Bylaw includes certain additional requirements that full-time students will have to meet if they have failed courses. It is complementary to the provisions on standing and advancement included in the College’s ISEP; however, in the case of a conflict between the two, the application of this bylaw shall take precedence.
This bylaw shall apply to the full-time student who:
- fails more than one course in a given semester.
- fails half or more of his/her courses in a given semester.
- repeatedly fails courses from semester to semester.
More information on this bylaw is available on the College’s web site.
2.2 First Choice Science Profile Advancement and Standing Policies
2.2.1 Advancement and Standing
All the advancement and standing policies of the science program apply to First Choice Science Students. Further requirements are to be met in order to remain in the First Choice Science profile:
1 – First Choice Science students must maintain a full course load to remain in the profile. Any exception to this must be approved by the First Choice Science Coordinator.
2 – First Choice Science Students must pass all their classes. Furthermore, students must:
- Maintain a grade of 70% in each Mathematics and Science course each semester or;
- maintain an average of 75% in each Mathematics and Science course each semester.
- Maintain a grade of 70% in each General Education course each semester; or
- Maintain an average of 75% in each General Education course each semester.
3 – Students must attend the seminars (with guest speakers) each semester.
Students who fail to meet this requirement will be transferred to regular science. The transferred student remains the right to appeal for reinstatement to the First Choice Science Coordinator.
2.2.2 Attendance (Applicable to Science disciplines only)
Attendance at tests, quizzes, laboratories and final examinations is compulsory; it is the student’s responsibility to ensure this. Unjustified absence will result in an automatic grade of zero. Medical excuses for absence will only be considered when accompanied by a doctor’s note. Non-medical reasons for absence must derive from totally unavoidable circumstances, and be justified in writing. Whenever possible, the teacher must be warned of any possible absence in advance.
2.2.3 Final Examination Policies
To ensure equity across all sections of multi-teacher Mathematics/Science courses and all Mathematics/Science courses required for university admissions, each of these courses has a final examination prepared by the Course Committee.
2.2.4 Safety Regulations
Course laboratory manuals will describe specific safety rules for the laboratory. The laboratory instructor will also brief students on the safety regulations governing the course.
Different types of materials/chemicals/organisms are used in the Biology and Chemistry laboratories, many of which can be hazardous (toxic, corrosive, etc.) if not handled properly. Consequently, the following safety rules are always in effect in these labs:
Violations of the safety regulations may lead to expulsion from the laboratory and even failure in the course.