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Student Code of Conduct

The English Language Centre (ELC) program at Ontario Tech University (serving Ontario Tech and Durham College) is an intensive full-time academic program that requires a high level of student engagement. Attendance is required and all students living in Canada must attend our two in-person days each week.

There are basic technological and academic requirements necessary for a student to study in our program. Students are also subject to policies and expectations set forth by Ontario Tech’s Office of Campus Security and the Registrar’s Office.


Students must have an Internet-connected computer (desktop or laptop) along with a working webcam, microphone and headphones/speakers. Students must be able to hear and see the instructor and other classmates, and the instructor and other classmates must be able to hear and see the student. Students are not permitted to attend virtual classes via mobile phones. This expectation starts on Day 1 of the session.

Issues with technology must be dealt with in a timely manner. 


English Language Centre students are subject to Ontario Tech's academic integrity policy. This policy covers issues such as plagiarism and other forms of cheating. The ELC student engagement policy states that students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. The Engagement Policy also states that students must complete coursework as outlined by the instructor. Student academic performance is assessed using the English Language Centre rubrics (writing, speaking, engagement). In addition, student progress is guided by the Academic Readiness Skills Rubric and the Student Success Plan (in Week 6).


All students studying at Ontario Tech (on campus and online) are subject to policies set forth in Student Conduct Policy. This policy includes but is not limited to disruption of learning, teaching and working; behaviour that is abusive, demeaning, threatening or intimidating; theft, damage, and destruction of property; misuse of facilities, equipment, materials or services; misconduct related to the use of alcohol/drugs; as well as infractions related to the campus COVID-19 policies.

Student registration

ELC students are responsible for meeting deadlines set forth by the Registrar’s Office. This includes dates for paying fees, accepting offers, submitting required documents and changing or deferring program start dates. Information about fees and deadlines are shared with students in the pre-arrival information emails, as well as in Weeks 1 and 2 of the sessions. Payment information can also be found on the English Language Centre fees page.   

Breach of policies

Violation of any of these policies may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and dismissal from the ELC program.