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Important: NSCC Academic Update

March 30, 2020 – Anna Burke

Good afternoon,

I'd like to start by thanking you for your resilience and understanding as we navigate together through this unprecedented time. Your health and wellness and your academic success are our main priorities.

Student Wellness and Supports

We are all experiencing a range of emotions as we adjust and adapt to the various changes and challenges. The uncertainty can be unsettling, and I want you to know that you are not alone. We care about your wellbeing and support is available.

  • Our new Learning Commons connects you to all the student services and academic supports available to help with your academic progress and the transition to distance learning.

Winter Term Courses

Some of your courses may have started again and some may be in the process of transitioning to distance learning.

  • If you have not heard already, you will receive plans for all your Winter term courses by Friday, April 3. Please check your College email and Brightspace daily for important updates and messages from your faculty.

Winter Term Grading

We recognize that this is not what anyone anticipated for the Winter term, and we want to support you and your continued learning. Considering the exceptional circumstances:

  • A student can choose a grade of 'CE' or Credit Earned instead of a numeric grade.
    • You can choose this grade if you've met all the course outcomes but the numeric grade may not reflect your academic ability in typical circumstances.
    • A course with a grade of 'CE' is excluded in the calculation of Honours.
    • Some courses may be excluded based on program accreditation requirements.
  • Students will not be dismissed or placed/advanced on academic probation based on Winter term grades.
  • The deadline for students to withdraw with a 'W' for a course in the Winter term is extended to the end of Winter Term (April 24, 2020).

Work Experience

Finding work placements will be challenging, if not impossible, for many students due to public health protocols and the resulting impact on businesses and community organizations.

  • We have identified several flexible options for students to meet the learning outcomes of work experience courses, if at all possible. You can expect to hear more information about this from your Faculty member and in the Learning Commons.
  • While many of you may complete this within the usual timeframe, you will have until August 7, if needed, to complete your work experience courses.

Portfolio and Other Graduation Requirements

We are assessing all the graduation requirements for students planning to graduate this year.

  • The Portfolio milestone as a graduation requirement has been removed from all programs. You do not need to complete a portfolio to graduate from your program this year.
  • For students who have completed their portfolio and received a Pass, you will receive credit for portfolio completion on your transcript.
  • You will receive an update from your Faculty on any other changes to graduation requirements related to your program.

We are committed to do everything we can to support you and your continued learning.

Please stay connected with your Faculty and your Student Services Advisor. As well, continue checking your College email daily and visit our website for the most up-to-date information on our NSCC COVID-19 response.

Sincerely,
Anna

Last updated on: April 14, 2020 11:09 AM