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October 19, 2022

Memorial University seeks feedback from the University community on the revised draft Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (formerly Code of Student Conduct) and revised draft Policy on Respect for the Learning Environment (formerly Non-Academic Appeals).

In 2021, a pan-institutional committee was formed to undertake work to revise the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Policy on Respect for the Learning Environment.

Comments Wanted

“We are pleased to present an updated set of expectations to guide Memorial’s student community,” said Dr. Donna Hardy Cox, Associate Vice President (Academic) and Dean of Students. “The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities sets out expectations for student behavior and conduct and ensures that all students are treated fairly while at Memorial. It is important that all members of the University community familiarize themselves with this updated document and, more importantly, that they provide us with their comments to help us move forward in the process of finalizing the code.

An environmental scan of similar policies and procedures in educational institutions across the country was conducted to ensure a thorough and informed review process, as well as to align proposed changes with best practices.

The committee considered information gathered during the environmental scan, ad hoc comments from the Memorial community, and information gathered since the last review to inform the draft.

The updated code reflects the expectation that students conduct themselves in accordance with university regulations and policies; departmental policies; federal, provincial and municipal laws and codes of ethics that govern students who are members of regulated professions.

The Respectful Learning Environment (RLE) policy ensures that student complaints about faculty members and other university employees are handled fairly and equitably. These procedures are in addition to, and do not replace, existing Memorial University of Newfoundland rules and policies, unless otherwise specified.

“Supporting a respectful learning environment is essential to sustaining student achievement and achievement,” said Dr. Margaret Steele, chair of the RLE examination board and dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “This revised policy will help ensure that students continue to feel supported in achieving their academic goals in a safe and respectful learning environment.”

Respond before November 2

Information gathered through the consultation will inform policy changes, which will then be revised as needed based on feedback received during the consultation. Final approval of the policy is expected before the end of 2022.

The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities is available here. The policy on respect for the learning environment is available here.

Memorial’s Policy Office will be accepting comments until November 2 via email.

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