Camosun strives to provide clear, transparent, and easily accessible policies that exemplify the college's commitment to life-changing learning.
Download the Policy Matrix, an at-a-glance reference sheet showing all of Camosun's policies and directives and the documents that support them.
Policy-informed directives approved by the College Executive Team are also listed below.
Note Policy and supporting documents are in PDF form.
Learn more about the framework behind Camosun's policy initiatives.
Documents the parameters for policy development, approval, communication and implementation.
Governance policies cover Board governance, organizational goals and accountability and Education Council governance.
G-1 Board Governance
Members of the Board must avoid any conflict of interest that might impair or impugn the independence, integrity or impartiality of their Board.
- Oath of Office
The Oath of Office is to be sworn, signed, and dated before the Board at the commencement of all members' first meeting with the Board.
Clarify the role and responsibilities of the Board of Governors in policy governance and decision making at Camosun College.
The Board Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring significant financial planning, managing and reporting matters of the college, and making recommendations to the Board of Governors for adoption.
The Executive Committee is to deal with matters relating to the Board's role as an employer, with student appeals, and with emergency situations.
Guidelines and processes for requesting and reimbursing out-of-pocket expenses for Board members.
The Board Audit Committee is responsible for assisting the Board in fulfilling its financial accountability and oversight responsibilities.
G-2 Organizational Goals and Accountability
Establishes the principles, aspirations and commitments of Camosun College in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Guides decision-making as the college community navigates policy development, planning, curriculum development and approvals as well hiring and the general commitment to the maintenance and support of relationships with Indigenous communities.
Guides decision-making with respect to the nature, scope and limitations of relationships the college will develop with the business and professional community.
As the college implements its Strategic Plan and Campus Plan, proposals will emerge which would require construction on, or would otherwise affect college property.
Articulates Camosun College’s values and principles related to developing a strategic plan.
Sets the parameters to govern the naming of assets, in recognition of financial or philanthropic contributions from individuals, businesses, organizations, and others.
G-3 Education Council Governance
The objectives of the Education Council are to fulfill the roles and powers defined by Sections 23, 24, and 25, except as amended under Section 25 (1) (b) of the College and Institute Act.
Education and Academic policies govern programming and instruction, student services and support, research and copyright.
E-1 Programming and Instruction
Defines the college-wide standard for academic progress and will establish principles and protocols to assist students, their instructors, and administrative staff to monitor and intervene when a student is "at risk."
To establish an academic schedule that meets the needs of the academic programming at Camosun College.
To establish the processes and standards for the inclusion of work integrated learning (WIL) in educational programs at Camosun College.
To ensure the validity, consistency and quality of credentials issued by the college.
To ensure that grading and promotion are consistent and fair.
To establish the process for the approval of all educational programs at Camosun College and to identify the approval body for each type of program.
- E-1.6.1 School Curriculum Committee Terms of Reference
- E-1.6.2 Framework for Programs and Credentials
- E-1.6.3 Expedited Implementation Process
To establish principles and guidelines that enable the college to realize the International Education Mission Statement.
To provide guidelines to determine the equivalencies of students' prior learning experiences to formal college credits.
To establish common standards for the establishment and ongoing support of Camosun College Program Advisory Committees to better enable program currency and relevance and to provide a valued link to our community.
- E-1.9.1 Program Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
- E-1.9.2 Program Advisory Committee Roles and Responsibilities
To establish College-wide standards for scheduling instructional space and to define best practices for how it will be scheduled in order to maximize student access and space utilization.
All programs are evaluated on an ongoing basis to ensure program relevancy and effectiveness. Where it is identified that a program is no longer sustainable, a recommendation may be made to suspend or cancel a program.
Articulates the College’s commitment to program quality assurance and continuous improvement of the student learning experience and outcomes.
The Academic Integrity policy outlines Camosun College’s academic expectations for all students and articulates the College’s values and principles with respect to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity. The policy and its supporting documents describe how matters of academic misconduct are addressed and resolved.
- E-1.13.1 Process for Documenting & Addressing Academic Misconduct
- E-1.13.2 Standards for Records Management – Academic Integrity
- E-1.13.3 Academic Integrity Appeals FORM
- E-1.13.4 Academic Dishonesty LOI TEMPLATE (May not work with Chrome)
- E-1.13.5 Guide to Academic Misconduct Typology
The purpose of the Grade Review and Appeals policy is to provide information, responsibilities, and processes for students who wish to request a review of term work, request a final grade review or appeal a final grade. It also informs instructors, department Chairs/Program Leaders, and College administrators of their responsibilities in the process.
- E-1.14.1 Process for Requesting Grade Review and Appeals
- E-1.14.2 Standards for Records Management - Grade Appeals
- E-1.14.3 Final Grade Review Request to Dean-Director FORM
- E-1.14.4 Grade Appeals to EdCo Appeals Panel FORM
Describes and defines the annual Academic Calendar for regular studies at Camosun College.
The purpose of the Evaluation of Student Learning policy is to provide guiding principles to support faculty in evaluating student learning in a fair manner.
The purpose of the Final Exam Repeat and Reschedule policy is to provide clear direction to Schools, instructors, and students on the rights and responsibilities with respect to Final Exams. Moreover, this policy articulates Camosun College’s values, principles, and conditions around rescheduling Final Exams and repeating Final Exams.
E-2 Student Services and Support
To define the criteria and conditions for admission to Camosun College and its programs.
To establish clear, consistent principles and guidelines for the course withdrawal process.
To establish guidelines for the assessment of student fees for goods and services provided by the college.
To provide clear expectations of appropriate non-academic student conduct and to establish processes for resolution of conduct issues or the imposition of sanctions for inappropriate conduct.
Establishes principles for a sustainable tuition fee model for base-funded courses and programs
To identify key principles related to the imposition of student penalties and fines.
To provide the option for a student to request a medical/compassionate withdrawal and fee refund under exceptional circumstances.
To communicate Camosun College's commitment to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
To provide clear, consistent principles and commitments the college can apply when determining that a student require a leave of absence from their course work and/or the college community due to health and/or safety issue(s).
The new policy sets out the standards and principles by which academic accommodations will be approved including expectations for both the institution and the student.
E-3 Research and Copyright
To establish principles for maintaining high standards for research at Camosun College.
To establish principles and guidelines for maintaining quality and ethical standards and principles for the conduct of research on human subjects, and for reviewing such research activities that are undertaken, sponsored by, or involve Camosun College.
- E-3.2.1 Guidelines for the Research Ethics Board (REB)
- E-3.2.2 Research Guidelines: Free and Informed Consent
- E-3.2.3 Research Guidelines: Privacy and Confidentiality
- E-3.2.4 Research Guidelines: Inclusion in Research
- E-3.2.5 Research Guidelines: Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples
- E-3.2.6 Research Guidelines: Conflicts of Interest In Research
To establish principles and guidelines that promote high standards of ethics and integrity in research and scholarship affiliated with the college.
To ensure that the College complies with the provisions of the Copyright Act of Canada.
To establish principles and processes related to the commercialization of original copyright material and intellectual property including inventions, patents, and trademarks.
- E-3.5.1 Assignment of Intellectual Property Rights Form
- E-3.5.2 Procedures for the Commercialization of Intellectual Property
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Operations policies govern college systems and resources, college development, facilities, finance, human resources and information management.
O-1 College Systems & Resources
To ensure that use of the college's network and computing systems is conducted in a manner that supports the mission, vision and values of the college, and ensures that the computing systems and network achieve optimal performance in a safe and secure learning environment.
To establish guidelines for managing college-owned and operated computer networks and services provided on college-owned and operated networks.
To establish principles, criteria, and guidelines for communicating with students electronically.
To manage and guide activities associated with the website and to determine its strategic direction, standards of quality, management controls, and conditions for use.
O-2 College Development
To establish a coordinated approach to risk management and ultimately to establish a risk management culture at Camosun College.
- O-2.1.1 Risk Analysis Session Guidelines
- O-2.1.2 Risk Analysis Worksheet
- O-2.1.3 Risk Categories
- O-2.1.4 Risk Register Spreadsheet
- O-2.1.5 Risk Analysis Measurement Tool
- O-2.1.6 Risk Treatment Action Plan Template
- O-2.1.7 Risk Profile Template
To establish a common means for planning key college projects ensuring those undertaking projects have the tools to identify and analyze risks, impacts, resources and approaches to project planning, approval, communication and implementation.
All individuals share the responsibility for protecting the environment. The purpose of this policy is to guide the college's decision-making with respect to this responsibility.
To establish consistent principles and guidelines under which Camosun College will use its own facilities and will make its facilities available to non-college users.
To establish consistent and clear principles and guidelines for the handling of necessary college closures.
To outline appropriate processes and responsibilities to ensure both food and alcohol are being served safely and legally on campus and for Camosun College sanctioned activities off site.
To provide a framework and guide to decision making with respect to providing commercial access to the Camosun community.
To guide decision making with regards to the College's responsibilities for Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.
To establish a clear financial accountability framework for the college, enabling the Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), management team and staff to understand their responsibility and accountability related to the financial management of the college.
To establish a clear purchasing accountability framework for the college enabling the procurement of goods and services as approved through the annual operating and capital budgets.
To establish authority and criteria for pre-approval of travel requests; to establish and define the limits and the conditions related to travel; to guide the selection of the most cost effective means of travel; and to identify allowable expenses for travel.
To facilitate reasonable hospitality expenditures that support the college's activities and adhere to its Mission and Values while maintaining financial responsibility and accountability.
To establish a clear investment accountability framework for the college enabling the investment of funds to be made in the most effective and efficient manner.
O-5 Human Resources
To establish consistent guidelines that facilitate exchange opportunities involving Camosun College employees.
Guidelines for reimbursing the costs of professional fees.
To guide the approval of vacation scheduling for all college employees; to ensure employees take their entitled vacation; and to limit the liability to the College for accrued vacation.
To establish principles related to faculty accessibility.
To establish consistent policy and practice regarding employment in multiple positions within the college which, when combined, constitute a workload in excess of 100%.
To allow two permanent full-time staff to enter into a formal employment partnership which produces a temporary, more flexible working arrangement that facilitates balancing work with other commitments.
To establish college-wide principles and practices for unpaid leaves of absence.
Camosun College is committed to: ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination, harassment and bullying and are supported in managing workplace differences; and providing an environment that respects and promotes human rights and personal dignity.
- O-5.10.1 Procedures for Reporting, Resolving and/or Investigating Respectful Workplace and Human Rights Complaints
- O-5.10.2 Respectful Workplace Formal Complaint Form
- O-5.10.3 Respectful Workplace Policy Response Form
To set out the principles and standards of conduct required of all employees of Camosun College and to guide employees in identifying and resolving issues of ethical conduct and conflict of interest that may arise during the course of their employment.
To reduce exposure to second and third-hand smoke and to promote a safe and healthy college environment.
The college's compensation program is intended to assist in recruiting, motivating and retaining a qualified management and exempt group, by providing tangible rewards to enable the college to attain its corporate goals and objectives.
The Employee Performance Development Policy articulates Camosun College's commitment to a performance planning, review, and development process that is grounded in good practice, sound principles and reflects the College's strategic direction.
The Recruitment and Selection Policy provides a foundation for hiring based on good practice, sound principles and reflects the College's strategic direction.
O-6 Information Management
To establish principles and guidelines that enable the college to comply with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
To establish commonly understood and efficient practice for the retention and disposition of college records that ensures Camosun meets its legislative, financial and legal obligations as a public body to manage its records in a systematic and consistent manner.
Current directives including Sponsorship, Absences from Campus due to Covid-19 and Temporary Remote Working.
To create a consistent policy for solicited and non-solicited sponsorship opportunities while supporting the goals and objectives of Camosun College as a leader in post-secondary education and skills training.
To direct employees and students experiencing COVID-19-associated symptoms or self-quarantining to report their absences and refrain from attending on campus.
The purpose of this directive is to provide employees - including Workplace Leaders (WPL) – with a common understanding of the obligations and responsibilities while working remotely in response to COVID-19.
Questions can be expected on how to manage people on campus who are either campaigning for election or are campaigning for a candidate of their choice.
This policy informed directive provides information on the management of access to the College’s learning management system. It reflects current practices and processes related to access to the LMS, and uphold specific College policies and agreements.
This policy informed directive is based on the fair dealing guidelines developed by Colleges and Institutes Canada, in accordance with decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. The CICAN guidelines provide post-secondary institutions reasonable safeguards for the owners of copyright-protected works in accordance with the Copyright Act and the Supreme Court decisions.
This directive outlines how Section 32 (Alternate Formats) of the Copyright Act is applied at the College. The Canadian Copyright Act permits alternate format copies of literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works to be made for individuals with perceptual disabilities.
The purpose of this directive is to provide Camosun College with direction and guidance on how to commemorate a recently deceased Indigenous Elder.
The objective of this directive is to ensure the reputation of Camosun College as an organization and as a leader in post-secondary education through accurate, consistent, relevant and timely messaging.
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