2.0 Policies And Rules On Student Rights And Responsibilities


All Marine Institute students are expected to abide by the rules and policies outlined in this section. This includes all full- and part-time students, students registered in degree, diploma, and technical certificate programs, and all students registered in industrial response courses. Students registered in industrial training courses may be registered through the Community Based Education Delivery Unit (CBED), the Offshore Safety and Survival (OSSC) and the Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centres.


2.1 Student Code Of Rights And Responsibilities


The purpose of the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities is:

  • To help foster a University community characterized by respect, fairness, accountability and safety;
  • To identify what constitutes non-academic misconduct;
  • To set out transparent processes for submitting, resolving and investigating allegations of non-academic misconduct; and
  • To clarify the rights and responsibilities involved in non-academic misconduct situations.


2.2 Respectful Learning Environment Policy


The purpose of the Respectful Learning Environment Policy is to provide a mechanism to have Concerns and Complaints of Students, regarding University (including Marine Institute) employees, addressed in relation to Learning environments; and to align with Memorial University’s responsibilities under the provincial Human Rights Acts, 2010.


2.3 Academic Misconduct


The Marine Institute values academic honesty highly and does not tolerate academic misconduct. All students are required to produce original work for evaluation where it is requested and are expected to be familiar with all   regulations governing academic misconduct. Students who commit acts of misconduct are subject to disciplinary action governed by the policies outlined further in Section 10.0 of the Calendar.


2.4 Student Attendance


It is the Marine Institute’s policy that attendance in all classes, labs, and all other scheduled meetings is compulsory for students in Diploma of Technology, Technician and Certificate programs.


1.   In exceptional cases, the course instructor may excuse a student from one or more classes. Acceptable cause for an excused absence may include illness, bereavement, family emergencies or any other cause deemed acceptable by the instructor. It is the student’ responsibility to provide satisfactory proof of the necessity for absence.


2.   Transport Canada approved programs, which include Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, Bridgewatch, Marine Diesel Mechanics and all industry response courses have specific minimum attendance requirements.


3.   An attendance rate of 100% is mandatory in many safety courses.


4.   Unless otherwise specified, a rate of unexcused absence that exceeds 10% is considered to be unacceptable. Students are strongly advised to read the course outline for each course for which they are registered with respect to attendance requirements and other specific regulations governing that course.


5.   A student who is inexcusably absent for more than an acceptable number of the scheduled meeting times for a course will be deemed to be in violation of this policy and will be required to consult the program chair or designated advisor. If, following consultation with the program chair or designate, the student’s attendance does not improve, they may be discontinued from that course. In such cases, if this occurs following the course drop or fees refund deadlines, the student will be subject to any applicable academic or financial prejudice.


6.   Attendance is included as part of the student’s academic record and will be one of the criteria used to determine eligibility for continuation in a program or for certification by the Marine Institute or external agencies such as Transport Canada.


7.   Specific guidelines and related procedures are available from the offices of each School Head or the Registrar.


8.   The registration of each student in a course implies that they understand this responsibility and agree to abide by the above policy.


2.5 Usage Of Computer Facilities


The following guidelines are a subset of the Regulations Governing MI Computer Facility Usage and are applied to all individuals accessing computer systems:


1.   All access to computer services and the issuing of computer accounts and passwords, must be approved by the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Department of the Marine Institute in accordance with the Regulations for Issuing Accounts.


2.   No attempt should be made to discover other users’ passwords nor should any such passwords discovered by chance be used. Passwords are distributed to individuals for the purpose of gaining access to a computer system and should remain confidential. Any suspected leak of a password or other loopholes in system security should be reported immediately to the ICT department.


3.   Software applications and other proprietary information are not to be copied including information which has been stored by ICT or any other computer users. This could result in a breach of copyright or license agreement.


4.   The hardware components of any computer system must not be moved. The software or hardware configuration of computer systems must not be altered.


5.   The Marine Institute’s computing facilities may not be used for non-institutional projects, or for personal or commercial purposes.


6.   No one should deliberately attempt to degrade the performance of a computer system or to deprive others of resources or access to any university computer system.


7.  Software programs that were not previously installed on the systems should not be operated. Any such use could increase the possibility of infection by computer viruses. Computer Systems are not to be used for games or other non-academic recreational activities (e.g. Streaming Services, on-line games, etc).


8.   Abusive, fraudulent, or harassing messages are not to be sent or stored by users. Storage and possession of property is strictly prohibited.


9.   Violations of the Regulations governing MI Computer Facility Usage may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities policy.


2.6 Laboratory Safety Requirements


Students completing programs containing laboratory courses must, by provincial legislation, complete a Laboratory Safety course and WHMIS course prior to entering the first scheduled laboratory session. These two courses (SC 1807 and SC 1808 respectively) are available online prior to the start of each term. Students must present proof of successful course completion to the laboratory instructor at the first laboratory session.


2.7 Electronic Device Policy


1.   In any Marine Institute examination or test at the advanced diploma, diploma or technical/technician certificate level, a student must not have on their person any electronic device except an acceptable non-programmable scientific calculator. The term "electronic device” includes, but it is not limited to, graphing calculators, cell phones and smart watches.


2.   If a programmable device is required, the instructor must provide justification and obtain written permission from the School Head. If such permission is granted, it applies to all sections of the same course.