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Important academic updates for November 27

November 27, 2020 – Anna Burke

Good afternoon,

With December just around the corner, I’d like to share with you several important academic updates and reminders.

Student Wellness and Supports

We are all experiencing a range of emotions as we adjust and adapt to various changes and challenges. The uncertainty can be unsettling, and I want you to know that you are not alone. We care about your well-being and have student supports available

Keeping Ourselves and our Communities Safe

Top of mind is your safety and the safety of our campus communities. Our president shared the latest information from Public Health as it relates to NSCC in a note yesterday and he will continue to update our community as new information arises. The new numbers of infections show just why we need to be extra vigilant in following the safety measures we have on campuses. It’s up to every one of us to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Completing Fall Term

  • NSCC has not issued any directive to stop in-person learning or to put work placements on hold.
  • As the situation evolves, we may need to make program-specific adjustments due to COVID-19 restrictions. Faculty and advisors will communicate any course-specific changes to impacted students.
  • If you have any concerns about participating in on-campus activities, please contact your Faculty to determine what options are available. While we can’t guarantee alternative ways to meet a particular outcome, we’ll assess each situation on a case-by-case basis. For more information about student absences, go to NSCC’s Evaluation Policy (PDF 160KB).

Fall Work Placements

Most NSCC programs combine classroom learning with learning on the job. Graduation from most programs is dependent on the successful completion of a work experience. If you have questions about attending or completing your placement, please visit our website for additional information.

2020-21 Academic Year Grading and Withdrawals

We recognize that this year has unique challenges, and we want to support your success. Considering the exceptional circumstances, the following adjustments to grading and withdrawals are in place for the entire academic year:

  • A student can choose a grade of ‘CE’ or Credit Earned instead of a numeric grade.
    • This grade can be chosen if all the course outcomes have been met.
    • A course with a grade of ‘CE’ is excluded in the calculation of Honours.
    • Some courses may be excluded based on program accreditation requirements.
  • The deadline for students to withdraw with a 'W' for a course is extended to the end of the term the course is scheduled in. For any courses scheduled in the Fall term, this deadline is December 18, 2020.
    • Students wishing to withdraw from a course(s) should complete a Course Revision Form (links to Microsoft form).
    • Students wishing to withdraw from their program should complete a Program Withdrawal Form (links to Microsoft form).
  • The Academic Probation policy (PDF 149KB) will be in effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Students will be assessed each term to determine their standing in the upcoming term.
  • For more information about a withdrawal and/or a potential plan to eventually return, please speak to Faculty or a Student Services Advisor.

Winter Start Dates

To help support wellness and provide flexibility as the province responds to the pandemic, we are making some changes to the Winter 2021 academic calendar

  • The Winter term will start as scheduled: Tuesday, January 5, 2021, however, individual courses may begin between January 5 and January 11, 2021. Your Academic Chair or Faculty will advise you directly of any adjustments by December 11.
  • On Friday, February 12, we are adding a Student Study Break Day. The College will be open but there will be no classes.
  • Study Week, scheduled for March 15-19, will proceed, as planned.
  • Winter term will end one day earlier: Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Please stay connected with your Faculty and your Student Services Advisor (links to Connect). At the College, we all realize this is an exceptional time and we are here for you to support your wellness and success. Please stay in touch with us with any concerns or questions you might have. We will continue to provide new information through emails and will share any College and Public Health updates on our website

Please stay safe and be well.

Anna

Last updated on: January 19, 2021 08:50 AM