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Student Code of Conduct - Rights and Responsibilities

Policy 3400: Student Code of Conduct - Rights and Responsibilities


Student means any person, including a faculty or staff member, who is:

  1. Registered or enrolled in one or more credit or non-credit courses and programs at Selkirk College for the current or a future term; or
  2. Registered or enrolled in any Selkirk College sponsored program.

Purpose and Scope

These Principles define Selkirk College’s expectations for the behaviour of its students.


The Principles of Student Responsibilities apply to all students at Selkirk College. They outline the behaviour that Selkirk College expects of its students while they are on College premises, on professional practice assignment, on paid and volunteer placements, or off-campus for academic or College purposes.

Philosophy behind the Principles

The educational environment at Selkirk College encourages intellectual exchange, creativity, originality and discovery. It also emphasizes free inquiry and expression, diversity, equality and equal opportunity for participation. The Principles of Student Responsibility are designed to support and protect this educational environment by defining students’ responsibilities as members of the academic community. These principles operate within the framework provided by the institution’s Mission, Vision and Values. The Principles of Student Responsibility aim to promote and continue this tradition.

Fundamental Principles of Student Responsibility

Every student is responsible for:

  1. contributing to making the College community safe, respectful and inclusive, both in person and on social media;
  2. ensuring their conduct does not interfere with another student’s ability to complete College related activities;
  3. refraining from conduct that threatens the health, safety or dignity of any person (including themselves), the institution or one of its communities, or violates the law.
    This includes but is not limited to:
    • inappropriate use of safety equipment and procedures;
    • possession of weapons (NOTE: ceremonial items such as the Kirpan, are not considered a weapon.);
    • damage to property;
    • accessing private, locked or restricted areas without authorization;
    • misuse or unauthorized distribution of alcohol or drugs including cannabis; and
    • assault, sexual violence or harassment and stalking.
  4. respecting privacy and confidentiality, including but not limited to:
    • access to electronic files, user accounts or devices;
    • use of computers for unauthorized purposes and engaging in any activity aimed at compromising computer systems or network security; and
    • disclosure of confidential information without consent/authorization.
  5. taking responsibility for behaviour caused by personal difficulties, and ensuring such circumstances do not infringe on the rights of others in the community;
  6. behaving in a fully truthful and forthright manner when engaging in College activities, or in procedures under this policy;
  7. abiding by administrative policies set out by the institution, including any contracts or agreements between the student and the College; and
  8. following all relevant laws at the municipal, provincial, and federal level, or local and regional laws when traveling abroad.

Students are responsible for communicating with their instructors, counsellors or Chairs in order to solve any problems encountered.

Students are responsible for taking advantage of educational activities offered to them and for taking part in meetings where topics concerning them will be discussed.

Students are responsible for taking advantage of services offered to them by the College in order to ensure proper orientation to their studies, academic progress and general development.

Students are responsible for fulfilling their obligations, as agreed upon in conjunction with the College, with regards to the use of goods and services at their disposal.