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The Centre staff will act with dignity and respect when interacting with learners and will expect that all learners will treat each other and staff members with dignity and respect.  Learners will act in a manner that will contribute to a safe, positive, and constructive learning environment.  Conduct that does not demonstrate the values of dignity and respect, and which does not contribute to the safe, positive and constructive learning environment is considered unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Centre.  Unacceptable conduct will be subject to whatever action is appropriate, which may include suspension.  In some instances appropriate action may include involvement of authorities outside the Centre.  This list of definitions is not all-inclusive, and will be modified as required by the Centre.

Consequences for unacceptable conduct are intended to be corrective.  When consequences are imposed, they are to reflect the severity and nature of the original unacceptable conduct.  Such consequences will be administered through the Education Director.


Definition of Unacceptable Student Conduct in Support of this Policy:


  • Personal Assault & Threatening Behaviour:  This includes any physical, written or verbal assault directly at an individual or group, occurring within any St. Norbert Adult Education Centre related activity, which results in physical, mental or emotional harm, injury to or criminal harassment of any member of the Centre community. Examples:  Hitting, slapping, punching another person; stalking another person; using threatening language; communicating in any manner an image, picture or graphic that is threatening.


  • Behaviour Endangering the Safety of Others: This includes any behaviour that potentially or actually endangers the safety of any person in the course of any St. Norbert Adult Education Centre related activity. Examples:  Tampering with fire access doors or discharging fire extinguishers; unsafe operation of a motor vehicle; inappropriate use of tools, equipment or procedures that place a person at risk.


  • Failure to Comply with Reasonable Requests of Adult Learning Centre Staff: This includes any failure to comply with a reasonable request or directive of a St. Norbert Adult Education Centre employee, issued in order to protect the rights, privileges of safety of any member of the Centre’s community.  Examples:  Failure to leave the building during a fire alarm; refusal to remove a vehicle parked in a no-parking area. 


  • Disruptive Behaviour/Disorderly Conduct: This includes any behaviour that interferes with the provision of Centre services or instructional activities or interferes with any member of St. Norbert Adult Education Centre community by learners and any other persons accompanying them. Examples:  Verbal outbursts, physical gestures, loud headsets, actions or interruptions which can limit or interfere with instructional activities; unwarranted and unreasonable disturbances during any SNAEC activity.


  • Unauthorized Entry or Presence: This includes any unauthorized act of entering, remaining in, or allowing others to have access to areas of St. Norbert Adult Education Centre. Examples:  To enter, or allow others to gain entry to classrooms outside of authorized time and conditions; or unauthorized presence in any of the administrative offices.


  • Misuse of Information: This includes falsification, alteration, or misuse of personal identification, records or documents. Examples:  Unauthorized alteration of grades or records; or refusal to produce valid identification upon request.


  • Theft of Personal or Centre Property: This includes any theft or unauthorized removal of property belonging to St. Norbert Adult Education Centre or to any member of the Centre community. Examples:  Theft of centre resource books; theft of personal property such as backpacks or purses; or unauthorized duplication of computer software.


  • Vandalism/Intentional Damage or Misuse of Personal or Centre Property This includes any intentional altering of, or damage to any resource property or equipment belonging to St. Norbert Adult Education Centre or to any of its staff and students.  Examples:  Language, cartoons, photos, symbols, etc., which expose a person or class of persons to hatred or contempt.


  • Making False, Frivolous, or Vexatious Complaints: This includes any complaint that is intentionally made by a person who knows it is false, frivolous or vexatious. Examples:  Alleging a theft of personal property that is untrue; alleging an assault that is found to be false; numerous complaints made by the same student when that student is actively inciting discord.


  • Academic Integrity: Students are expected to complete all assignments in their own words.  Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s work without giving credit where credit is due. Examples of plagiarism include:

    • Downloading material in whole or in part from the Internet and using it unacknowledged  

    • Copying word-for-word from published or unpublished work and using it unacknowledged

    • Paraphrasing published or unpublished material without bibliographic notation

    • Copying and turning in another student’s work as your own with or without that student’s knowledge


Any of these sorts of violations are considered to be serious. Students guilty of plagiarism will face the following:


  • First Offense: A mark of zero is given and the learner is given the opportunity to redo assignment.

  • Second Offense: A mark of zero is given and the learner will not have the opportunity to redo assignment.

  • Third Offense: The learner will have a consultation with the Education Director regarding his/her withdrawal from the course. 

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