Each week Congress collects your questions and concerns and brings them up to the Administration. This method has proven to be the most effective. This message includes the answers to many of your questions. Future questions and concerns should also be submitted to the same Google Formwe uploaded a few weeks ago. We hope that this helps and we hope that all of you will continue to do the great things you have been doing.
Yes. Final exams will be taking place at the end of this semester. The College has separated GenEd classes from Specific Ed courses as much as possible and encouraged teachers to spread out their exams as much as possible. Some exams that last multiple days might overlap but if you have more than 2 exams on the same day, reach out to Maria Elena Abraham at the office of the Academic Dean through MIO.
2. Can I drop all my classes without any consequences?
No. Although the message from the academic advisors seemed to imply this, the only difference between dropping a course now and before is that you don’t need to provide documentation to explain why you are dropping. You will need to retake the course if you drop it.
3. Can I pick my things up at the end of the year?
No news yet from the Government on how to proceed with picking up items from lockers yet. Rest assured that your items will be kept safe where they were left until it is safe to return to the college to retrieve them.
4. Self-teaching is hard, what do I do?
Tutoring is back remotely as a resource. Admin understands that it is not easy and encourages you to contact your teachers. The email for the tutoring center is [email protected]The more proactive you are about reaching out to teachers the more help you can get. All teachers are also required to have office hours.
5. Teachers are not following the rules that the admin outlined… What do I do?
Please see Michael Chalkhoun’s post. The system of filing academic complaints has not been suspended. Procedure: first try contacting your teacher, then department chair, then the Dean’s office. This is the most efficient way of solving your problems. If you are not comfortable with this procedure, contact your coordinator of student advocacy Michael Chalkhoun.
The elimination of the R-Score this semester does not mean your efforts put in this semester are lost. Courses are still graded and grades still matter. Universities will most likely alter their modes of acceptance and take all the information they can get. Admin would like to remind students that Universities are autonomous and can decide and that R-Score is not the be-all end-all.
7. Is English Exit Exam cancelled?
Not yet. It depends on the ministry although it is highly likely that it will be cancelled. This should not deter anyone from preparing for it by reaching out to the writing or tutoring center.
8. Is the Épreuve Synthèse cancelled for second year students?
No. The plan is to complete it. Activities and initiatives are being implemented.
9. Can a teacher hold a midterm during set hours, for example from 8:15 to 9:30?
This is not strictly forbidden but the admin has strongly discouraged faculty to have evaluations like this. Follow the same procedure found in Michael Chalkhoun’s post if necessary.
10. Are students entitled to extensions and loose deadlines or is this simply encouraged and up to the teacher’s discretion?
It is simply strongly encouraged by the Admin but it is up to the teacher. Again, if you cannot complete an assignment or find that your teacher is being unfair, follow the procedure mentioned above.
11. Are the counselling services still available?
Yes. Counselors are continuing to see students that they were seeing before the school’s closure. However, it is important to note that this is not easy given the regulations from the Order of Psychologists and issues regarding confidentiality. If you are seeking counselling services, you can also receive them FOR FREE through the LifeWorks app. See Aria’s post for further information.
12. How are the various certificate studies being affected?
Admin is working on it with the teachers spearheading the certificates. They are being maintained and they are finding alternatives.
13. Any further news regarding partial tuition refund?
The finance department at the college is looking into this. It is important to keep in mind that the entire faculty and staff is still on payroll and working hard to teach and help students any way they can.
14. What’s happening to graduation?
Originally scheduled for June 11, graduation has been postponed to a later date (perhaps in the Winter semester). There will be an online event in June, as well as a Student Life Awards event and a Sports Banquet.
15. Do Marianopolis students quality for the Canadian student benefit?
Yes, all students could be eligible. The College is also building a financial aid tab on Libguides with all the resources available. If you have a unique case or have any specific questions feel free to reach out to Pauline Belliveau through MIO.
16. Will there still be a Dean’s list for this semester?
Yes. There will be a Dean’s list and the requirements have not changed. There will also be the honor roll. The College will be issuing awards by various programs, as per usual.
17. Is summer school still happening?
Yes. Summer school will be taking place through alternative delivery modes (online classes) from June 25th to July 30th. Exams may go until August. If you are considering taking a summer course that is not necessary for graduation you are encouraged to speak to an Academic Advisor about the pros and cons. The science department has worked very hard on developing virtual lab simulations for the range of science courses offered over the summer.
18. What about the cost of summer school?
The College will look into the possibility of reducing unnecessary fees, if any.
19. How will labs take place in summer school?
The College is developing virtual labs and simulations in most classes, though some are hard to do. They are still offering the full range of science courses during the summer.
20. Can students do summer classes to take away from their course load next year?
Yes, speak with academic advisor. Students need to be ready to tackle the course in the summer, since it won’t be easy.
21. What about the upcoming Fall semester?
The College is awaiting directives from the ministry. It is unlikely that business will be as usual.