Academic Regulations

As a post-secondary institution in the province of British Columbia, JIBC has enacted several academic policies to ensure that teaching activities maintain high standards and that students’ learning is evaluated fairly and consistently.  JIBC expects students to be familiar with these policies, which set out their rights and their responsibilities in the learning environment. 

On the following pages you will find brief summaries of each of the academic policies, with a link to the full policy.  The summaries do not replace the full policies but are meant to provide a brief introduction to rules that apply to student behaviour. 

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Academic Integrity

The Student Academic Integrity Policy, 3207  addresses issues of academic misconduct and is meant to protect the academic integrity of the institution and to maintain a community where competition is fair.

JIBC treats cases of academic misconduct very seriously. If it has been alleged that a student has committed an academic offence, the allegation is dealt with formally and seriously, and penalties can be severe if it is determined that cheating occurred. Academic misconduct includes plagiarism and cheating, as well as attempts to misrepresent academic performance or records.

Academic Progression

The Academic Progression policy, 3301  is intended to support student academic success by making clear the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) expectations for students’ academic progress. 

The policy applies to students registered in a Certificate, Diploma or Degree program normally comprised of 30-120 credits.  It provides a framework for managing student progress, provides guidelines for identification of unsatisfactory student progress in academic programs, and identifies institutional interventions and supports for at risk students.

This policy makes clear the consequences of continued unsatisfactory progress in any JIBC program.

Admissions

The Admissions Policy, 3201 defines the criteria that an applicant must satisfy in order to be admitted to a program of study at JIBC.  The admissions criteria are established by each program area.  They are intended to provide a fair opportunity for all students to be considered, and to select students who will be successful in the program. 

In some programs at JIBC, mature students who do not have the formal academic requirements for admission may be admitted under a flexible admission process. This process allows students to be considered on the basis of formal education, as well as informal learning and work related experience.  Mature student applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the required knowledge, skills and experience to be successful in the program they have chosen.

Appeals

The Final Grade Appeals Policy, 3303 provides the rationale and the procedure that students can use to challenge a grade, mark or assessment. This procedure is meant to assist students in ensuring that grading and evaluation are consistent, fair and reflect a student’s true abilities.

The best advice for any student experiencing academic or personal difficulties that affect grades or performance is to be proactive. Students should communicate early with their instructors or program coordinators, with the Registrar’s office and with the Coordinator of Student Counselling and Advising. There are timelines outlined in the policy, and staff members will assist students in meeting them and formulating their appeal.

Evaluation

The Evaluation of Learning Policy. 3302 describes the methods for the evaluation of student learning.  The policy is designed to ensure fair and effective evaluation of student learning in all JIBC course and programs. 

The policy describes the obligations of faculty and instructors to make sure that student understands what the learning objectives are for each course, and also the instructor’s requirements to provide feedback to students in a timely and effective way.  Feedback to students is critical to help them assess their own progress in a course and to help them make decisions about continuing in their course or program.

Grading

The Grading Policy, 3304, sets out the practices for grading student work. It is intended to ensure that JIBC instructors maintain high standards and that these are the standards commonly used in post-secondary education. 

Standard grades are meant to communicate clearly what a student has achieved within a course or program.  Student achievement is measured against the specific learning outcomes for that course.   The policy defines grades and credits and describes the kinds of evaluation outcomes that are used at JIBC.

The Policy also describes program enrollment statuses, which indicate a student’s standing in the program in which he or she is enrolled. 


Last updated February 15, 2016