ACADEMIC GUIDELINES

Academic Guidelines were created in 1990 by the Harris Institute Student Council

Academic Pass

A minimum of 60% is required to successfully complete courses. Courses include tests, assignments, group projects and exams.

Diploma

To earn a diploma the student must successfully complete every course within the program with not less than 60%.

Honours Diploma

To earn an honours diploma the student must successfully complete every course within the program with a combined average of 80% or greater.

Absenteeism

Consistent attendance in all courses is mandatory. Chronic absence will jeopardize the student’s ability to continue or complete the course.

Late Assignments

At the discretion of the instructor, and with valid reason for lateness, 10% shall be deducted per day, to a maximum of five days, after which late assignments and projects will not be accepted. All late submissions must be delivered to a member of the Harris Administration with a date of receipt recorded.

Absence from Tests and Exams

At the discretion of the instructor and with a valid reason submitted by the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to rewrite a test or exam at a mutually agreeable time, only if the student has informed the instructor or a member of the administration in advance of the originally scheduled test or exam.

Plagiarism

Where reasonable evidence exists that a student has plagiarized from another source, the student shall redo the assignment and the student will be penalized 50% off the piece of work or exam. Any repetition will result in the expulsion of the student from the school.

Political Correctness Policy

CNW Media Release

Harris Institute admits students with independent minds, active imaginations and an appreciation of an academic environment that encourages free speech and the open exchange of ideas. Harris Institute enforces its ‘Rules of Civility’ to protect students, faculty and staff from physical or sexual harassment, the incitement to commit violence and the shouting down of opposing views.

Rules of Civility

  1. Where evidence exists of any physical, sexual, racial or religious harassment, the student shall be expelled immediately or the faculty or staff member shall be dismissed immediately.
  2. Where evidence exists of any incitement to commit violence, the student shall be expelled immediately or the faculty or staff member shall be dismissed immediately.
  3. Where evidence exists that a student or faculty or staff member has shouted down an opposing view, the student or faculty or staff member shall be placed on probation. A second incident shall result in the expulsion of the student or the dismissal of the faculty or staff member.

City TV report on ‘Political Correctness Policy’