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									                SCHOOL OF
        EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION




    EARLY CHILDHOOD
        EDUCATOR
 APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM



              A student handbook of
                 POLICIES
              AND PROCEDURES




APPROVED BY: Mary Fisher, Academic Chair
Revised: August 2010
                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction ........................................................................................ 2
Links to Sources of Information ............................................................. 2
Program Description ............................................................................. 3
Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship Certificate .................................3
Advanced Standing .............................................................................. 4
Early Childhood Education .....................................................................4
Observation Laboratory Teaching Schools ............................................... 4
Program Learning Outcomes..................................................................5
Semester Schedule .............................................................................. 6
Subject Outlines .................................................................................. 6
Directory of ECE Personnel ....................................................................6
Student’s Responsibilities ......................................................................7
     Confidentiality ............................................................................ 7
     Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ...................... 7
     Communication........................................................................... 7
     Preparing Assignments ................................................................ 8
     First Aid/CPR .............................................................................. 8
     Record of Progress ......................................................................8
Professor’s Responsibilities ....................................................................8
Chair’s Responsibilities .........................................................................9
Co-ordinator’s Responsibilities ............................................................... 9
Support Services Officer’s Responsibilities ............................................... 9
Field Placement ................................................................................... 10
     Settings ..................................................................................... 10
     Subjects .................................................................................... 10
     ECE Apprenticeship Placement Hours ............................................. 11
     Professional Conduct ...................................................................11
     Attendance ................................................................................ 12
     Absence from field placement ....................................................... 12
     Communication........................................................................... 13
     Professor’s Visit .......................................................................... 13
     Evaluation .................................................................................. 13
     Documents................................................................................. 13
ECE Academic Procedures .....................................................................15
     Attendance in class .....................................................................15
     Absence in class .........................................................................15
     Religious Observances .................................................................15
     Evaluation .................................................................................. 16
           Subject Grades ...................................................................16
           Assignments and In-Class Learning Opportunities ................... 16
           In class Presentations and tests ............................................ 16
           Due Dates and Extensions .................................................... 17
Academic Honesty ................................................................................ 17
     Cheating in tests/examinations .................................................... 20
     Penalties .................................................................................... 20
Human Rights ...................................................................................... 21
Record for Graduation .......................................................................... 21



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INTRODUCTION

The School of Early Childhood Education focuses on skills that will prepare
students for professions related to the care, education and well-being of
children aged 0 – 12 and their families. In this program, students will learn
about the physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs of children and
how to plan and carry out programming which optimizes individual
development. As a student and a representative of Seneca College, you are
expected to act in a professional manner at all times, from the classroom to
the worksite and with fellow students, staff and professors.

It is important that you read this handbook prior to the beginning of the
semester as it contains pertinent information about policies and procedures
for students in the School of Early Childhood Education, ECE Apprenticeship
Program. Keep this handbook in a safe place as it will be useful to you
throughout the duration of your studies here at Seneca College.

This booklet will be available via the internet.
www.senecac.on.ca/ece


LINKS TO SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Seneca Calendar, Full-Time Studies: Course descriptions and Admission
                                    requirements for Full-time studies
Seneca Calendar, Part-Time studies: Course descriptions and Admission
                                    requirements for Part-time studies
Seneca College Student Handbook: ECE Students’ Rights and
                                    responsibilities, Resources for
                                    students, Awards for ECE Students
Seneca Academic Policies:           Seneca        Academic       Policies,
                                    Advanced Standing
English and Liberal Studies:        Information about the School of
                                    English and Liberal studies
Financial Aid:                      Financial Aid/ OSAP, material and
                                    information available from the
                                    Financial Aid Office
IT Acceptable Use Policy




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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Students enrolled in the ECE Apprenticeship Program undertake the theory
component of the course in the evening. The field placement practicum
component of the course is generally achieved at the student’s worksite.
Parallel to enrollment at Seneca College, students are also registered as
Early Childhood Educator Apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities. The student and their employer must enter into a contract,
representing the employer’s willingness to support the student in gaining
specific skills at the worksite as well as the signing-off of the Apprenticeship
contract which reflects the number of working hours accrued, and the
competencies met by the student. The ECE Diploma will not be granted until
both the academic and apprenticeship components of the Program are
completed.



EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR APPRENTICESHIP CERTIFICATE

The student will receive an Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship
Certificate from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities upon
completion of 4,000 – 6,000 required apprenticeship hours and all of the
ECE related subjects.

          Apprenticeship students must provide completion letters (from all
           employers) to the Ministry. The letters must include:

                 i. dates worked
                ii. total number of hours worked
               iii. a guarantee that the hours were worked in an ECE capacity
                    and that the
               iv. apprentice is qualified to receive an ECE diploma

          If a student changes their place of employment during the course of
           their ECE training they need to contact their Ministry consultant and
           sign a new contract with their new employer.

Students will be awarded an ECE Diploma from Seneca College upon
completion of three Liberal Studies subjects in addition to their College
English and their ECE related subjects. The Liberal Studies subjects are
related to a Ministry of Education requirement that each college graduate
must have completed a Liberal Studies component.




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ADVANCED STANDING

Often students ask whether their work experience or previous courses will be
counted in any way. Many students have successfully applied for Advanced
Standing for the Liberal Studies subjects, based on academic work they have
completed at other institutions. Some students have also received Advanced
Standing for ECE subjects. The College requires approximately four weeks
to process advanced standing.



EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

  Early Childhood Education teaches ways to facilitate the physical, motor,
   language, social, emotional and cognitive development of children.
   Students acquire observation skills needed to evaluate a child’s
   developmental progress.

  The curriculum includes the competencies in the Provincial Guidelines
   of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

  The philosophy of the program is based on the principle that Early
   Childhood Education course material is learned best through the
   interweaving of practical experience and theoretical studies. To this end,
   students will be asked to implement learning from classes within their
   worksites.

  Assignments are designed so that students apply ideas to actual
   situations. Class discussions are developed around experiences in field
   placement and observations in the laboratory teaching school.



OBSERVATION LABORATORY TEACHING SCHOOLS

       Newnham Campus

       The Seneca Lab School is located in Building H, south of the
       SeneCentre (separate building).




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       King Campus

       The King Observation Laboratory Teaching School (KOLTS) is located
       on the northwest corner of the crossroads beyond the entrance to the
       campus.
       Both lab schools have programs for young children and reflect
       teachings of the ECE programs. KOLTS and The Seneca Lab School
       have a classroom and observation facilities for adult students. Both
       settings are used to enhance many ECE subjects, for research, and act
       as field placement settings for ECE students. They are an integral and
       important part of the ECE program.



PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

 1.    Graduates will consistently demonstrate knowledge of child
       development from birth through adolescence and can effectively
       translate this knowledge into their planning, implementation and
       evaluation of the learning environment.

 2.    Graduates will demonstrate skill in objective observation as a tool for
       identifying relevant needs and characteristics in the learning
       environment.

 3.    Graduates will ensure optimum health, safety and nutrition standards
       as they relate to children from birth through age 12.

 4.    Graduates will appropriately empower children to manage their own
       behavior.

 5.    Graduates will demonstrate an acceptance and understanding of
       diversity of children, their families and the community, including
       consideration of social, economic, cultural, religious, ethno-racial,
       gender, age and special needs issues.

 6.    Graduates will        effectively   evaluate   Early   Childhood   Education
       environments.

 7.    Graduates will effectively plan, implement and evaluate curriculum
       appropriate to the early childhood context.

 8.    From a base of self-awareness and a commitment to self-discovery,
       graduates will demonstrate effective means of communicating and
       working with children, families and colleagues.



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 9.    Graduates will value and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing
       professional development.

 10. Graduates will demonstrate in their practice an understanding of the
     philosophical foundations of Early Childhood Education.

 11. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the values and ethical
     principles of Early Childhood Education.

 12. Graduates will demonstrate a working knowledge of current public
     policy and legislation.

 13. Graduates will participate effectively in relevant policy development
     and social change.

 14. Graduates will act as advocates to enhance society’s value of children.


SEMESTER SCHEDULE

The ECE Apprenticeship Program subjects are grouped into four semester
levels. ECE Apprenticeship students will study part time in fall, winter, and
spring/summer semesters. There is a full time option in May and June
where students can attend for one full semester and receive multiple credits.
Additional information about the full time option will be distributed well in
advance of the spring semester.



SUBJECT OUTLINES

In each subject, your professor will prepare a subject outline that describes
the content, methods and weighing of evaluation for each course. This
document will be available online. This is a legal document and any changes
will be agreed upon by students and the professor and require approval by
the Chair of the School of ECE.

Subject outlines are important documents.        Refer to them during the
semester, and keep them safely afterwards, in a folder or binder. If you go
on to other post secondary institutions or post diploma programs, these will
be essential documents.

DIRECTORY OF ECE PERSONNEL

A directory of ECE personnel can be found on the following website:
http://www.senecac.on.ca/ece/directory.html.


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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

The following content relates to the ECE program. Please read
Students' Rights and Responsibilities in the Seneca Student
Handbook for other information.

       Confidentiality

       Personal information is often shared in ECE classes and field
       worksites/placements. In accordance with Freedom of Information
       and Protection of Privacy Act, you are required to keep this information
       confidential.   For assignments, classroom discussions and other
       learning situations, you must protect the identity of the people and
       situations you mention and situations related by other students and/or
       staff.

       Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

       The personal information collected on your field placement application
       and assessment forms, as well as the personal information shared
       during class discussions and while on field placements, will be used to
       assess your learning outcomes and to make decisions on your
       academic status.

       Personal information is collected for the administrative and statistical
       purposes of the College under the authority of the Ministry of Colleges
       and Universities Act, R.S.O. 1990, and Regulation 770, as well as the
       Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, specifically
       sections 21 and 49.

       If you have any questions regarding the collection and use of personal
       information, please contact the Co-ordinator, Freedom of Information
       and Privacy Protection, at (416) 491-5050.

       Communication

       You are encouraged to help your fellow students expand ideas and
       understand material.

       Please communicate with your professor:

            to discuss content, ideas and how you can apply ideas from class
            if you are having trouble completing an assignment
            if you would like to do better in a subject
            if you believe more advanced or alternate work would help you
             learn more.

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       Preparing Assignments

       Unless your professor states that work may be submitted by a group,
       you are expected to prepare your own work for evaluation. Remember
       to reference your sources correctly.
       Seneca’s MLA referencing guide
       Seneca’s APA referencing guide

       Assignments should be legible and presented in a professional format.
       Students must retain a copy of all submitted assignments.

       First Aid/CPR

       All Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship students are required to
       hold a valid Standard First Aid plus CPR Level “C” certificate before
       graduation.

       Record of Progress

       You have access to your own record of progress throughout the
       semester through My.Seneca. You may view your progress via the
       Internet through SIRIS (Student Internet Registration and
       Information System).



PROFESSOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES

ECE professors have academic and practical experience with children. They
teach in ways that enrich your learning. Professors will let you know:

    content in the subject outline
    specific classroom procedures
    details about methods of evaluation
    where and how to deliver assignments
    whether original materials (e.g. projects) will be returned
    how and when you can communicate with the professor beyond class
     time
    how you may gain access to your record of progress.




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CHAIR’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Chairs are administrators at Seneca College who help to resolve your
concerns and complaints. If you have a concern that involves course work
or field placement, you need to attempt to resolve the matter with your
professor. If the matter is not resolved, the next step would be to go to the
Chair of the School of ECE.


APPRENTICESHIP CO-ORDINATOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Co-ordinators are faculty members who have an overview of the program.
They can give you advice about the program and your progress. Co-
ordinators can advise you on issues such as:

    course load
    special scheduling/timetables
    implications of adding or dropping subjects
    advanced standings
    equivalencies
    procedures for transferring from one program to another
    pre-requisites and co-requisites
    interpreting documents
    questions about transcripts
    act as a liaison for you with the Services departments
    keep files of your record in the ECE program.


ECE Apprenticeship Co-ordinator:               Dale Long
                            Tel:               416-491-5050 ext. 2171
                         E-mail:               Dale.long@senecac.on.ca

ECE Inclusion Practices Apprenticeship Co-ordinator:
                                          Karen Nolan
                             Tel:         416-491-5050 ext 2185
                           Email:         Karen.nolan@senecac.on.ca

ECE Pre-Apprenticeship Co-ordinator:           Kathrina Lalog
                            Tel:               416-491-5050 ext. 6987
                         E-mail:               Kathrina.Lalog@senecac.on.ca


SUPPORT SERVICES OFFICER’S RESPONSIBITIES

The Support Service’s Officer will help you access assistance from Co-
ordinators, Professors, the Chair, or service areas within the College. They


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will usually give advice about which person you should contact. They will
assist you with routine questions concerning:

    subjects you should take in a given semester
    timetables
    general information


Apprenticeship Support Services Officer:          William Leung
                                    Tel:          416-491-5050 ext. 2719
                                E-mail:           William.leung@senecac.on.ca


FIELD PLACEMENT

       Settings

       There are six courses that have a field placement requirement. When
       taking these courses students will be required to complete a
       designated number of hours at an appropriate field site. When
       possible, students will fulfill their field placement requirements at their
       worksite.

       Field Placement Subjects

       Each field placement subject is taken concurrently with its connected
       co-requisite learning environments subject. Field placements last as
       long as the learning environment subject to which they are attached.
       This arrangement encourages the intertwining of theory and practice.
       In your field placement you will implement ideas that you learned in
       class.   During classes you will talk about experiences from field
       placement. You will be asked to reflect on how theory and your
       experiences fit together. Your assignments for both field placement
       and the learning environment class will include material from class and
       field placement.     Because learning environments and field
       subjects are closely linked, you must pass both in order to
       receive a passing grade for either.

       When you enroll in a learning environment subject about a particular
       developmental level (e.g. preschoolers) your field placement will be
       with groups of children in the same developmental range. On occasion,
       apprentices need to complete a field placement outside their worksite
       because their place of employment does not service the age group
       required (infant/toddler, preschool, school-age).    Apprentices, in
       negotiation with their supervisor at their worksite, will make the
       necessary arrangements in these situations.

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      EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
                      PLACEMENT HOURS

                               Placement              Total
                                                      Hours
               Preschool Learning Environment I          42
               Placement
               Preschool Learning Environment II          96
               Placement
               School Age Learning Environment            40
               Placement
               Infant/Toddler Learning                    40
               Environment Placement
               Preschool Learning Environment III         96
               Placement
               Advanced Curricula Placement               96



                       INCLUSION PRACTICES PROGRAM
                             PLACEMENT HOURS

                                                    Total hours
               EIP 103       Inclusion Practices        96
                             Fieldwork
               EIP 106       Inclusion Practices        96
                             Fieldwork


       Professional Conduct

       When you are in field placement settings, you will be representing
       Seneca College. You are asked to act at all times in ways which reflect
       positively on the College. If your field placement is not your worksite,
       you are expected to wear identification while attending field
       placement.

       During your field placements, you must always be aware of the health
       and safety needs of the children. Alert staff to risky situations and
       offer to help. If at any time you jeopardize the emotional well-being,
       health or safety of a child through your actions or behaviours and your
       supervising professor determines that you are not capable of the
       required level of independent functioning, you may be withdrawn from
       placement and may fail the course. You may also be asked to leave
       the program.


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       Examples include are not limited to:
       Leaving children unattended; breaking confidentiality; forging
       signatures on field documents; attending field under the influence of
       alcohol or drugs that hinder judgment; striking a child, inappropriate
       touching of a child; belittling, berating or demeaning a child.

       While in your field placement, you must not contravene requirements
       of the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario regarding behaviour management.
       Non-compliance will be reviewed on an individual basis and may result
       in your failing field placement or withdrawal from the ECE program.

       Attendance At Field Placement

       You need to:

          give ample notice of upcoming field assignments and evaluation
           due dates
          communicate openly and positively on a daily basis seeking
           support when necessary
          consult with faculty regarding placement experience
          be punctual
          be present at placement as scheduled
          dress in an appropriate manner, following the dress code of the
           field placement
          keep an accurate up-to-date record of attendance on the provided
           form.
          wear your identification
          actively participate in all aspects of the program
          demonstrate the skills that have been acquired in the classroom
           and that are stipulated in the course outline, as well as other duties
           that all teachers in the field placement perform (e.g.
           housekeeping)

       Absence from Field Placement

       You need to:

          Make up time due to absence or the closure of your field placement
           setting.
          Call both the placement and your professor if unable to attend on
           any given day.
          You MUST contact your professor before 7:30 a.m. if you will be
           absent on the day of your professor’s visit. Failure to do so will
           result in a grade of “0” for the field visit.



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          A minimum number of hours must be completed each semester.
           Consult the Field Placement Chart.
          Any absence due to ill health, religious observances, or
           bereavement need to be discussed with your teaching faculty.

       Communication

       You need to:

          show your field placement subject outline to the supervising
           teacher(s) in your field placement
          inform the supervising teacher(s) in your field placement of all
           assignments pertaining to the placement
          arrange with the supervising teacher appropriate times to carry out
           the assignments and receive feedback
          inform your professor about any serious concerns pertaining to the
           field placement’s program and/or your ability to meet subject
           requirements.     These may include observations of abuse or
           violations of the DNA and require a specific reporting procedure
           that will be covered in your first semester.

       Professor’s Visit

       Your professor will visit you at least once during the semesters you are
       at a field placement. During the visit, she/he may:

            observe you
            demonstrate relevant skills and behaviours
            evaluate your performance in field placement
            set goals with you

       Evaluation

       Your final grade in field placement is based on the professor’s
       evaluation of the field placement documents and the result of the
       professor’s visit(s). An Early Childhood Educator at your placement or
       worksite will provide the feedback necessary to complete the field
       placement documents. When a student is doing a placement at their
       worksite the Supervisor of the setting should prepare these
       documents.

       Field Placement Documents

       Field Placement Forms are available from your professor. Please make
       a copy of your completed forms and keep them in your file of
       documents.

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       Before you can receive a passing grade in a field placement subject,
       you need to submit all of the completed documents required for that
       subject.

       These documents are:

            the supervisor’s evaluation form
            your self evaluation form
            the signed up-to-date time sheet
            any assignments related to field placement




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ECE ACADEMIC PROCEDURES

The following should be seen as an addition to Seneca Academic
Policies.

       Attendance In Class

       In order to facilitate high quality learning and foster a sense of
       professionalism, you are expected to attend all classes, be
       punctual and participate fully.

       Though no grade will be given for attendance, you must attend 75% of
       classes. If you do not attend 75% of classes, you may not, at the
       discretion of the Professor, achieve a passing grade.

       In some cases, at the discretion of the Professor, students who miss
       classes in excess of 25% may, in order to pass the subject, may be
       given the opportunity to negotiate suitable redress with the Professor.

       Exceptional circumstances will only be considered provided appropriate
       official documentation is supplied and you pass all assignments.

       Absence From Class

       If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to catch up on
       material, announcements, schedule changes etc.

       If you are absent for any reason you may be required to provide
       official documentation.

       Absences during scheduled tests and presentations require official
       documentation, dated the day of the absence or prior, submitted in a
       timely fashion. Failure to meet these requirements will result in a
       failing grade. You need to notify the professor before the scheduled
       test or presentation if you cannot attend.

       Religious Observances

       If you expect to miss class time because of religious observances, you
       should notify your professors in advance. Attendance records will then
       be marked RO. RO will not be counted as absences. It is your
       responsibility to arrange with the professor alternate ways to cover the
       subject content.


       Evaluation

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              Subject grades

              ~In order to receive a passing grade in each ECE subject,
              every component of evaluation must be completed at a
              passing level.~

              Assignments and in-class learning opportunities

              Professors will mark all evaluative components using numeric
              grades (e.g. 18/20 or 92%).

              When spelling and grammar errors make it difficult to follow the
              assignment content an “Incomplete” grade will be awarded. You
              will be asked to rework the paper at a satisfactory level, and
              then a passing grade of no more than a “C” will be assigned.

              ~If you fail any assignment, in-class learning opportunity,
              quiz, test or other component of evaluation, you must
              resubmit the material at a passing level. ~

              Up to a “D” grade will be the highest grade in such a situation,
              regardless of the average attained.

              ~There is only one resubmit per course. If you fail more
              than one assignment or test, you will have technically
              failed the course and your case will be taken to the
              promotion committee. ~

              In-Class Presentations and Tests

              Attendance     is   mandatory    for  any    scheduled   in-class
              presentations or tests. If a student fails to attend on the pre-
              arranged date they will receive an “F” grade. In the event of a
              serious occurrence, where a student can produce official
              documentation, a make up presentation or test may be granted,
              after discussion with the professor.


              ~Apprenticeship students who do not pass an ECE subject
              will need to wait until that subject is offered at an
              accessible time to re-take it. The student will not proceed
              to further subjects until the failed subject is completed
              where a prerequisite is required. The student will remain
              registered as an Apprentice with the Ministry of Education
              and Training if they decide to remain in the ECE Program~



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              Due Dates and Extensions

              Due dates for assignments and other evaluation procedures for
              each subject are set in class.

              Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before
              the due date. Many professors require written requests and
              approval forms for extensions.

              If an assignment is late, one full grade or 10% (whichever is
              less) will be deducted the first day. 20% will be deducted day 8
              etc.

              When as assignment grade has been reduced to an “F” because
              of late submission, the “F” grade will be used to calculate the
              final subject grade but will not prevent the student from passing
              the subject.

              ~All assignments for a subject are due on or before the
              last day of classes for that subject.~

              Unless the professor has already approved an extension,
              assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive
              0 marks. The resulting mark in this subject will be an “F”.

              If you hand in an assignment, which is too late for feedback or
              revision, and receive an “F” grade for that assignment, you
              forfeit the right to resubmit that assignment.


ACADEMIC HONESTY

Cheating and/or plagiarism are offenses which will not be tolerated
by the College. Such offenses occur when a student violates the
procedures governing the administration of examinations, test or
other means of evaluating student achievement in a subject or
program. As honesty and integrity are central to the role of an Early
Childhood Educator, cheating is viewed as very serious offense.



The following summary of offences is not exhaustive nor is it limited to the
descriptions and/or examples provided. All students involved will be subject
to the penalties indicated in the Academic Honesty policy.




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   1. Giving students answers to exam questions during the exam or while
      leaving the examination room, or telling other students who have their
      exam later, of the questions that appear on the exam. (Cheating)

   2. Having unauthorized material or electronic devices during a test or
      exam. (Cheating)

   3. Using, giving, receiving or attempting to use, give or receive
      unauthorized information during any form of evaluation. (Cheating)

   4. Knowingly helping another student to commit an act of cheating by
      letting him/her view your answers, by lending your work, or by
      working together on a project not specifically assigned and or
      approved as a group effort. (Cheating)

   5. Submitting as your own any material done, in whole or in part, by
      someone else. (Plagiarism)

   6. Submitting any work copied, in whole or in part, from another source,
      such as the Internet, journal articles or books, without reference to the
      original author or source. (Plagiarism)

   7. Allowing your essay, report, assignment or computer files to be
      submitted by another student as their own work. (Plagiarism)

   8. Allowing another student to do your laboratory or field work for you.
      (Plagiarism)

   9. Submitting as your own, in whole or in part, any work that is currently
      or has been previously graded in another course, without the prior
      permission of the professor, even if the student was the original
      author. (Plagiarism)

   10.       Submitting work with misleading references or data that do not
      reflect the sources you actually used. (Plagiarism)

   11.      In group and/or team work, submitting work in which you know
      or ought reasonably to have known that one or more components
      contain and/or involve an Academic Honesty offence. (Plagiarism)

   12.      Changing grades or answers on an assignment for the purpose
      of re-grading. (Falsification)

   13.      Falsifying, misrepresenting or forging an academic record or any
      other supporting documentation, medical or otherwise, for the purpose



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       of gaining any type of academic advantage. (Falsification)

   14.      Forging a signature on, or changing an academic assessment or
      report. (Falsification)

   15.     Deliberately changing or damaging an academic work of another
      student. (Falsification)

   16.      Taking a test, an examination or any other assessment for
      another person, or having another person take a test, an examination
      or any other assessment for you. (Impersonation)

   17.     Obtaining an exam or test, in whole or in part, in advance of its
      administration, without the permission of the professor. (Procurement)

   18.      Buying or otherwise obtaining reports, essays, assignments, or
      any other academic work, for submission as your own. (Procurement)

   19.      Selling or otherwise assisting with the purchase and/or sale of
      reports, essays, assignments or any other academic work for
      submission. (Procurement)

Each School/Faculty will maintain a standing Academic Honesty Committee
which will hear all allegations of academic honesty offences.

When it is suspected that an academic honesty offence has occurred, the
professor/coordinator will meet with the student or students. If it is
concluded that no academic honesty offence occurred, no further action is
required and no record is kept. If the professor is not satisfied with the
student's(s') explanation, the professor/coordinator will record the incident,
with evidence attached, on an "Academic Honesty Report". The student will
also have the opportunity to record his or her version of the incident. For
this purpose, students may choose to use the Student Response to the
Academic Honesty Report. Both forms are available on the website of
the Office of the Registrar under Academic Policy, at
http://senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/forms.html. Completed forms
will be forwarded to the chair of the Academic Honesty Committee, who will
convene a meeting of the Committee to review the circumstances of the
incident. The Academic Honesty Committee will provide its decision in
writing to the student, with copies to the professor, Program Co-
ordinator/Student Advisor and to the student's(s') file(s). In order to track
the number of offences, the offence will be recorded as a comment on the
student's academic record. The student has the right to appeal the decision
of the Academic Honesty Committee, consistent with Academic Policy.
Evidence will be kept on file.



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Cheating in Tests/Examinations

It is the responsibility of the invigilator(s) in a test or examination to take
whatever steps are necessary to ensure the integrity of the test or
examination.

If a student is observed by one or more invigilators to be attempting to copy
from another student, the invigilator will inform the student of the alleged
copying. The invigilator may confiscate the exam materials and remove the
student from the test/exam room, or may permit the student to continue the
test/exam. Materials completed to that point may be taken from the student.

The invigilator may take any other action that he/she deems necessary.

An “Academic Honesty Report” outlining the offence, and a “Student
Response to the Academic Honesty Report”, outlining the student’s account
of the incident, should he/she choose to complete it, is forwarded to the
Academic Honesty Committee.

If a student is observed by one or more invigilators to be in possession of
unauthorized materials, the invigilator will inform the student of this
observation. The student will be required to submit the materials to the
invigilator who will retain these for further investigation. The invigilator may
remove the student from the test/exam room or may permit the student to
continue the test/exam. Materials completed to that point may be taken
from the student.

The invigilator may take any other action that he/she deems necessary.

An “Academic Honesty Report” will then be completed and the process
outlined above will be followed. The “Student Response to the Academic
Honesty Report” may also be completed.

Penalties      (to be determined by the Academic Honesty Committee)
 st
1 offence results in: a grade of "0" on the assignment or examination, a
comment on the student's transcript, and a letter in the student's file
 nd
2 offence results in: a grade of "F" in the course, a comment on the
student's transcript, a letter in the student's file, and immediate suspension
from the college for a specified period of time
 rd
3 offence results in: college initiated mandatory withdrawal for academic
reasons

      The student has the right to appeal the decision of the Academic Honesty
      Committee, consistent with Academic Policy. Evidence will be kept on file.



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   To support Academic Honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by
   students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality utilizing
   software tools and third party services, such as SafeAssign.com.

   In submitting their own work to a third party service, students consent to
   their submissions undergoing such review and being retained in a
   database for comparison with other work submitted by students.

   It is every student’s responsibility to familiarize him/herself with the
   proper procedure for avoiding cheating and plagiarism through the
   various resources beyond the Academic Policy such as the Student
   Handbook, and the Learning Common website at:
   http://learningcommons.senecacollege.ca/Library/OnlineWritingResources
   /plagiarismForStudents.html.
   Students may seek assistance from Student Services in understanding
   the policy and procedures for Academic Honesty.


HUMAN RIGHTS

All students of Seneca College have a right to study in an environment that
asserts the personal worth and dignity of each individual.

Where a student believes that a violation of these rights has occurred they
are urged to seek advice from the Resolution, Equity and Diversity Centre to
determine if such a complaint falls within the Discrimination/Harassment
Policy and Procedures of Seneca College.



RECORD FOR GRADUATION

In order for the Apprentice to be successful in the program all subjects must
be completed with a passing grade. Seventy percent of the subjects must be
completed at the “C” level or higher.




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