We are always excited about new students joining the College and it is important to us that everyone who joins us understands our commitment to a safe and respectful learning environment. There are several items in our College Policy statements of which applicants as well as students should be aware.
Our Academic Climate Policy specifies that Nova Scotia Community College is committed to the belief that all students and employees of NSCC have the right and responsibilities to learn and work in a safe environment that is conducive to learning and teaching.
Further, the Code Of Conduct determines that all persons accessing NSCC facilities, including employees, students, and the general public, are required to conduct themselves in a manner which does not disrupt the legitimate academic and/or business activities of the College. To support this academic climate, it is expected that all persons will respect the personal and property rights of individuals and of the college, and that all persons will conduct themselves in accordance with the law of the land and all commonly-accepted conventions of behaviour.
Finally, we define Disruptive Conduct as any behaviour that is prejudicial to the rights of the students to benefit from instruction or services provided by the College, to the rights and functions of employees of the College, or to the rights and functions of third parties who are engaged in helping the College achieve its educational objectives. Behaviours which insult the personal dignity of others (including harassment, discrimination, violence, the threat of violence, and/or any other threatening behaviour) are contrary to the philosophy and conventions of the Nova Scotia Community College. The College has the authority to take appropriate action in instances of departure from the expected standard of behaviour. The range of such actions includes reprimands, restricted privileges, short-term (up to five days) suspension, dismissal from the Institution, and possible referral to police agencies for action.
NSCC follows an alternative dispute resolution model focused on informal conciliation or mediation. If you disagree with an assessment or believe that a decision affecting you violates published College policy, you may appeal that decision. In all cases, the informal procedures must be followed prior to filing a formal appeal.
A document called Great Expectations: Clarifying Academic Climate and Conduct Guidelines at NSCC is distributed to all students within the first week of classes.
If you would like to know more about the academic policies and procedures under which the College operates, further information is available from Student Services at each Campus.