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1. General Definitions

1.1 Jurisdiction of Academic Policy

The policies in this document apply to all programs offered by Seneca College in any location. Deriving from this policy the circumstances of an individual campus or a particular program may require supplementary interpretation or minor variation in procedure. This statement is current at time of publication. Where changes occur, the College will endeavour to give students as much advance notice as possible. Information on recent changes may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

1.2 Human Rights

The Preamble of the Ontario Human Rights Code states, in part:

"It is public policy in Ontario to recognize the dignity and worth of every person and to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination that is contrary to law, and having as its aim the creation of a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person so that each person feels a part of the community and able to contribute fully to the development and well-being of the community and the Province..."

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

Discrimination against or harassment of any student or group of students, on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, sexual orientation, age, record of offenses, marital status, family status, the receipt of public assistance in the area of housing accommodation, mental or physical disability, union or non-union membership, political affiliation, and student/staff/faculty associations defeats this objective and will not be tolerated by the College.

Where a student believes that a violation of these rights has occurred he/she is urged to seek advice from The Student Conduct Office.

1.3 Range of Programs Offered

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology offers a wide variety of career-oriented programs at the certificate, diploma and degree level.

1.4 Legislative Authority for Issuing Certificates, Diplomas and Bachelor's Degrees

Paragraph 12 of section 14 of the College and Universities Act authorizes Boards of Governors to issue certificates and diplomas upon successful completion of approved programs, and where no certificates or diplomas are established for programs of instruction the Board of Governors may issue certificates of standing.

The College is authorized to grant approved Bachelor’s Degrees, pursuant to subsection 4(1) of the Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000.

1.4.1 Certificate

A certificate is awarded to a full-time student after successfully completing all requirements of an approved program of three academic levels or less (or the equivalent in part-time studies), including graduate certificate programs.

1.4.2 Diploma

A diploma is awarded to a student who has successfully completed all requirements of an approved post-secondary program of four to six academic levels (or the equivalent in part-time studies).

1.4.3 Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor’s degree is awarded to a student who has successfully completed all requirements of an approved degree program of eight academic levels and at least one separate full-time paid or unpaid work term, of no less than 14 consecutive weeks, related to the professional field of study.

1.5 Program

A program is the prescribed sequence of courses that leads to a particular certificate, diploma or degree.

1.6 Course

A course is an individual unit of instruction in a particular program of study.

1.7 Full-Time Student

A full-time student is an individual who is enrolled in at least 70% of the academic level course hours or 662/3% of the program courses for the academic level. See individual program outlines for details of your program’s courses and hours.