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Academic regulations

Student-Related Policies

Academics at university can be complex, and it is important to know the rules and guidelines that govern the university. The following policies have the greatest impact on a student's academic career:

  • Policy 19 (Access To and Release of Student Information)- This policy protects student privacy. It stipulates who at the university has access to a student's personal information, what information can and cannot be provided, what is considered a matter of public record, and what information requires student permission to release. Information regarding a student's record or academic status will not be provided or discussed without the student's written permission.
  • Policy 70 (Student Petitions and Grievances)- This policy defines and contrasts the differences between a petition and a grievance so that students know which option is appropriate. It details a step by step procedure for each.
  • Policy 71 (Student Discipline)- This Policy provides a broad list of academic and non-academic offences.  It outlines student behaviour required to avoid misconduct, penalties associated with specific offences, factors considered when imposing penalties, informal and formal procedures for academic offences, and information about appealing formal penalty decisions.
  • Policy 72 (Student Appeals)- This policy describes how students can appeal an academic or non-academic decision made under policies 33 (Ethical Behaviour), 70, or 71.

A detailed listing of all university policies is available on the Secretariat and Office of General Counsel website.

Fair Treatment

One of the fundamental values at the University of Waterloo is respect between all members of the campus community. Students who feel they are being treated unfairly by a professor or an instructor, should make an appointment to discuss the situation with the Chair or Director of the professor's home department or school. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the student should discuss the situation with the Dean of Science. The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies would only become involved if the treatment results in an appeal. 

Academic Integrity

The Faulty of Science is committed to the five basic values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.  

Policy 71, Student Discipline, deals with both Non-academic and Academic integrity offences.

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