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Undergraduate Program Regulations

Faculty Regulations (Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences)

It is the responsibility of each student registered at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate which he/she plans to pursue.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses selected at registration satisfy the program requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate sought; academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance is freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information pertaining to the faculty or school in which he/she is enrolled.

1. Students in Health and Behavioural Sciences can normally, independently select courses in a given program providing:
(i) they follow all Calendar regulations
(ii) they consult with the director/co-ordinator where stipulated in the Calendar.

2. Students in Health and Behavioural Sciences should be aware that a criminal reference check is required in some programs and that unsafe practice and unsuitable professional behaviour can result in dismissal from the school.

Not all courses outlined in the Calendar are offered every year. The Office of the Registrar or the appropriate Faculty, Department or School should be consulted for supplementary information regarding final and complete timetable, course offerings and course instructors prior to the start of classes.

Academic Regulations for Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In addition to the University Regulations, and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations, of this Calendar, the following regulations for Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology also apply to students in these programs.

It is the responsibility of each student registered at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate which he/she seeks.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which registration is affected satisfy the program requirements of the degree sought. Academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Calendar as well as the information pertaining to the faculty or school in which he/she is enrolled.

Students in the Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology can normally, independently select courses in a given program providing:
(i) they follow all Calendar regulations;
(ii) they consult with the coordinator and/or appropriate departmental authority where stipulated in the Calendar.

1. A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:
Year 1 = < 4 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 4 to < 9 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 9 to < 14 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 14

2. Further to the University Regulation II Registration (f), first year students in degree programs may not enrol in a third or fourth year Gerontology course without permission of the instructor.

3. A student who attains a weighted average of at least C in the courses of his/her major(s) (Bachelor's degree program), and at least D in all the courses of his/her year, may proceed without condition imposed by the Gerontology Program. Special departmental requirements and standing requirements for all programs are stated in the departmental sections of the Calendar.

(a) A student will be deemed to have failed his/her program in either of the following two cases:
(i) More than 5 full course equivalent failures are accumulated at any time.
(ii) Fewer than 15 full course equivalent credits are achieved in 20 full-course equivalent attempts.*
*An attempt is a full course registration or two half-course registrations not formally cancelled with the Registrar by the prescribed dates for withdrawal from the full or half courses without academic penalty.

(b) A student who has failed a course or courses may write special examinations as outlined in University Regulations, Regulation VII Special Examinations.

(c) A student who has failed his/her program is eligible to apply for re-admission to another University program. Normally, a student will be re-admitted only once.

(d) A student admitted to an Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology after having failed a program in another department/school will receive credit for only those courses in which at least a C grade has been obtained and which are applicable to the Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology.

Academic Regulations for Native Nurses Entry Program

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In addition to the University Regulations, and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty Regulations of this Calendar, the following regulations of the School of Nursing also apply to students in this Native Nurses Entry program.

Students must attain:
(a) a mark of 60% in Nursing 1110, 1120, 1130 and 1150, as well as
(b) a grade of "pass" for Nursing 1092
(c) a minimum mark of 50% in each other course,
in addition to
(d) a minimum overall average of 70% (Applicants below this level may be considered on an individual basis.),
for entry to Year 1 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Within a period of two years following successful completion of the NNEP program, students will move directly into the First Year of the BScN program. If two years have expired, students should apply through the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for admission consideration.

Department of Psychology Regulations

Department of Psychology Regulations

See the University Regulations section and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations of this Calendar for conditions to enter and proceed in, these programs.

In addition to the University and Faculty academic regulations the following regulations apply to Psychology students:

(a) A student may proceed without condition in a Bachelor's degree program if credit is obtained for all the courses of the preceding year and she/he has an average standing of C (60%) or better in Psychology courses.

(b) A student may be admitted to or proceed without condition in an Honours Bachelor's degree program in any year if credit is obtained for all the courses of the preceding year, she/he has an overall average of C (60%) or better, and he/she has an average standing of B (70%) or better in Psychology courses.

(c) A student who has failed a course or courses or fails to meet the average requirement may write special examinations as outlined in University Regulation VII (Special Examinations).

(d) A student in a Bachelor's degree program who has not met the requirement of a C (60%) average in Psychology courses may be permitted, with the approval of the department, to proceed "On Probation" into the succeeding year of the program or the next two academic terms of the program in the case of programs that do not follow the academic year format. Should he/she fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, he/she will be required to re-apply for admission to the university.

(e) A student in an Honours Bachelor's degree program who has not met the requirement of a B (70%) average in Psychology courses may be permitted, with the approval of the department, to proceed "On Probation" into the succeeding year of the program or the next two academic terms of the program in the case of programs that do not follow the academic year format. Should he/she fail to obtain the required percentage a second time, he/she will be required to transfer to a 4-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) if he/she has an overall average of C (60%) or better in Psychology courses and if not to re-apply for admission to the university.

(f) Failed Year
(i) A student is deemed to have failed the year if:
(a) the student has failed more than 2.5 FCEs or their equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not; or
(b) the student has failed more than two full courses or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(c) the student attains an overall average of less than 50% in all courses.
(ii) In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.
(iii) A student who has failed a year must apply for re-admission to the University. A student will normally be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.

(g) A student admitted to a Psychology program after having failed a program in another department/school will receive credit for only those courses in which at least a C grade has been obtained and which are applicable to the Psychology program.

(h) A student will be awarded First Class Standing if the weighted average of all the major courses taken is at least 80%. An average of at least 70%, but less than 80% indicates Second Class Standing.
In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

(i) After a student is granted a BA or BSc degree in Psychology, with an overall B major average or better, he/she may apply for admission to an honours degree program in Psychology.

Department of Psychology Notes:

Note 1:
 
Core Course Requirements:
For the 3-year BA and BSc programs, two FCEs (full course equivalents) must be completed from the psychology core groups, one from either core groups A or B, and one from core groups C, D, and E. For the 4-year Psychology programs, five FCEs must be selected from the core groups, one from each of groups A, B, C, D, and E. It is recommended that all students take a range of core area courses in their studies.

Note 2: 
Other Requirements:
(a) Minimum and maximum number of psychology courses:
5 and 8 FCEs for three year Major in Psychology BA and BSc degrees; 9 and 14 for four year Major in Psychology BA and BSc degrees, and for Honours BA and Honours BSc in Psychology degrees; 11 and 14 for Specialized Honours in Psychology HBA and HBSc degrees.
(b) Required courses for all programs:
Psychology 1100 and 2101 are required for all programs. Students who have taken an introductory statistics course from another department may receive permission to be exempt from Psychology 2101, in which case another psychology course must be taken in place of an elective.

Note 3: 
Second, third and fourth year Psychology courses are not open to first year students. Fourth year courses are normally open only to third and fourth year students. Exceptions must be approved by the Department.

Note 4: 
Elective courses may be chosen from any degree-level course in the University, provided the prerequisites are met. Science electives may be chosen from any degree-level course designated as a Science course in a BSc or Honours BSc program (including BES, HBES, HBESc, HBScF, BEng, BScN, HBK), or by consultation with the Department of Psychology.

School of Nursing Regulations

In addition to the University Regulations and the  of this Calendar, the following regulations of the School of Nursing also apply to students in these programs.

It is the responsibility of each student registering at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma, or certificate which he/she seeks.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which registration is affected satisfy the program requirements of the degree sought. Academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Calendar as well as the information pertaining to the faculty or school in which he/she is enrolled.

1. University Regulations
A student is subject to the General Academic Regulations and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations as stated in the University Calendar.

2. Year Level Incrementation
A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:
Year 1 = < 5 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 5 to < 12 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 12 to < 17 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 17

3. Continuation in Program
(a) To proceed without condition to the succeeding year of a program, a student must:
(i) maintain a minimum 60% in each required course (this excludes elective courses)
(ii) maintain an overall average of 65% in all courses in each year of the four-year program
(iii) maintain an overall average of 70% in all courses in each year of the three-year compressed program
(iv) courses taken during spring and summer terms count toward the calculation of average of the previous academic year
(v) a student must complete all year requirements except electives, before proceeding to the next year.
(b) A student carrying additional courses must count those courses, for regulation purposes, as part of his/her academic load.

4. Failed Year
(a) A student is deemed to have failed the year if:
(i) the student has failed more than two full courses or their equivalent; or
(ii) the student has failed more than one full course or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(iii) the student attains an overall average of less than 65% in all courses; or
(iv) the student has a failure of more than one full course or its equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not.
(b) In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.
(c) A student having failed no more than one full course (or its equivalent) of the year's work after special examinations will be permitted to register for the succeeding year of the program.
(d) A student who has failed a year is eligible to apply for re-admission to the University. A student will normally be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.
(e) Students should note that course and clinical availability may preclude the possibility of repeating a nursing course in the session they choose.

5. Program Failure
A student is allowed to fail any required course once; failure of the same course a second time constitutes program failure and results in immediate removal from the School of Nursing. Normally the student is not allowed to re-apply to the School of Nursing.

Failure of more than 3 required full-course equivalents in the program constitutes program failure and results in immediate removal from the School of Nursing. Normally the student is not allowed to re-apply to the School of Nursing.

A student wo has failed more than one clinical course (regardless of credit weight) or who has failed a clinical course twice is deemed to have failed the program.

6. Special Exams
A student who has failed a course or courses may write a special examination as outlined in University Regulations, VII Special Examinations.
(a) A student is only allowed to write one special exam in any required course.

7. First Class Standing
(a) First class standing is granted on the basis of the average of all required Nursing courses (excluding Nursing electives) in the four years of study.
(b) In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

8. Unsafe/Unethical/Unprofessional Behaviour

By registering in a Nursing program and in Nursing courses, students agrees to adhere to the following standards of safety, ethics and professional behaviour in the University, the School of Nursing and clinical practice settings. The following statements describe minimum standards of behaviour for School of Nursing students.

* The authors acknowledge the University of Toronto (2008) Standards of Professional Practice Behaviour for all Health Professional Students, which contributed to the development of this document.

 Safe Behaviour:                                                                                                                                                           

The student shall:                                                                                                                              

  • meet the College of Nurses of Ontario Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario (2012) including cognitive, communication, interpersonal, behavioural, psychomotor, sensory and environmental skills and abilities;                 
  • prepare for, and carry out laboratory practice and clinical care to the expected standard of the relevant course;                                                        
  • ensure that her/his clinical practice meets the minimal expectations of the previous year level, and
  • carry out all reasonable activities to ensure adequate safety in the laboratory and clinical area.  

In particular, the student shall refrain from the following:                                                                            

a) providing nursing care without the appropriate preparation or supervision;                                              

 b) failing to be adequately prepared to provide planned patient care;                                                               

c) being unavailable while in the clinical area;                                                                                      

d) being in the clinical area without authorization;                                                                                                

e) demonstrating behaviours which are consistent with being impaired by alcohol, drugs or lack of sleep while in the laboratory or clinical area (inattentive, unfocused, drowsy, smelling of alcohol, etc.);                                                                                                                                                 

f) jeopardizing the safety of self or others while in the laboratory or clinical area; and                           

g) failing to adhere to the College of Nurses Competencies for Entry-level Practice, at the level appropriate to the student’s progression in the BScN program.

Unsafe student behaviour may result in removal from the clinical area, receiving a failing mark in the course, and/or exclusion from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

 

Ethical Behaviour:                                                                                                                           

The student shall:

  • meet the College of Nurses of Ontario Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario (2012) including cognitive, communication, interpersonal, behavioural, psychomotor, sensory and environmental skills and abilities;
  • behave in a caring and compassionate manner toward patients/clients, families and other care providers;       
  • respect the confidentiality of patient/client information, and
  • demonstrate a reasonable level of ethical nursing practice for the student’s level of nursing education as guided by Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2008) and the College of Nurses of Ontario Ethics Practice Standard (2008).

 

In particular, the student shall refrain from the following:                                                                             

a) violating the rights of patients/clients, families, peers, or other care providers;                         

 b) behaving in a way that could reasonably be construed as uncaring or unconcerned for others;                      

c) violating the Ontario Human Rights Code;                                                                                            

 d) falsifying patient/client records;                                                                                                           

 e) failing to disclose or report to the clinical instructor an incident that warrants disclosure whether the student was a witness or was directly involved (e.g. a medication error or client abuse);                                                                                                                                                       

 f) acting in a way that could reasonably be construed as physical, emotional or mental abuse;                         

g) violating confidentiality, including accessing client records without authorization;                                   

h) stealing or misappropriating any drugs, equipment or other materials;                                                

 i) acts of dishonesty including but not limited to academic dishonesty;                                                      

  j) any act of sexual impropriety; and                                                                                                  

 k) any other act that violates the principles and values as stated in the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2008) and the College of Nurses of Ontario Ethics Practice Standard (2008).

Unethical student behaviour may result in removal from the clinical area, receiving a failing mark in the course, and/or exclusion from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

 

Professional Behaviour:

The student shall:      

  • meet the College of Nurses of Ontario Requisite Skills and Abilities for Nursing Practice in Ontario (2012) including cognitive, communication, interpersonal, behavioural, psychomotor, sensory and environmental skills and abilities;
  • demonstrate appropriately skilled communication and interaction with patients/clients, families, peers, instructors, staff, and other care providers (ie. face-to-face, written and electronic communication, and social media;    
  • maintain appropriate professional boundaries with patients/clients, families, and other care providers        
  • show appropriate concern for others;
  • work with others in a harmonious and respectful manner;
  • recognize the importance of self-reflection and self-development;
  • accept constructive criticism;
  • participate in all scheduled classes, laboratory sessions, and clinical practice or appropriately communicate a necessary absence and initiate reasonable steps to remediate, and
  • ensure that personal presentation (dress, grooming, etc.) meets the requirements of the relevant setting and the practice of nursing.

 

In particular, the student shall refrain from the following:                                                                           

a) verbal or nonverbal communication that could reasonably be construed as hostile or aggressive, and that reasonably could be interpreted as being unwelcome to others;                  

b) behaviour that reasonably could be construed as intimidation;                                                   

c) behaviour that reasonably could be construed as a violation of the Lakehead University Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures;                                                                         

 d) behaving in a way that reasonably could be construed as unbecoming of a professional nurse;                                                                                                                                               

 e) failing to adhere to the College of Nurses Competencies for Entry-level Registered Nurse Practice (2014), at the level appropriate to the student’s progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and

f) inappropriate use of electronic or social media communication in any form.

Unprofessional student behaviour may result in removal from the clinical area, receiving a failing mark in the course, and/or exclusion from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

 9. Year Progression and Program Sequence
Normally all previous nursing courses will have been completed prior to the student entering each subsequent year. Permission must be granted by the Director of the School of Nursing or designate before a student may alter this course sequencing. Students registering in clinical courses must be registered in, or have previously completed, corresponding theory courses.

10. Time Limit
The baccalaureate nursing program is designed as a program of full-time study.

A student is required to complete all course work within 6 years of admission to the nursing program.

Students who interrupt this sequencing should seek academic advice from the Year Coordinator.

Students whose program of study has been interrupted must inform the School of Nursing by July 1st for September, and November 1st for January when returning.

In the case of interrupted programs of study, a student cannot be guaranteed clinical rotations.

11. Attendance
In order to achieve the course and year level objectives for each year, and to become competent in the required theory and skills, students should maintain a high level of attendance for the theory, clinical and laboratory courses/sessions. Absence from these may result in failure. Students who repeat this behaviour over more than one course will not be permitted to continue in the program.

12. Withdrawal from Theory/Clinical Courses
Students must complete a Request for Change in Registration Form by the third day of theory course, and by the third day of their particular clinical rotation. NO WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT ACADEMIC PENALTY WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER THE THIRD DAY. These courses include: the fourth-year courses Nursing 4110, 4130, 4370, 4380, 4460, 4510 and 4600.

Students who withdraw from a clinical course due to failure at time of withdrawal will receive a failing grade in the course.

13. Students Who Have Been Out of Clinical Practice for More than One Year
Students who have been out of clinical practice courses for more than one year will be required to demonstrate safe, competent and ethical practice prior to registering for subsequent clinical courses. There may be a cost associated with this.

14. Clinical Documentation Requirements
All students are required to obtain and submit documentation by the stated deadlines. First year students will submit documentation by October 1st, and returning students (Years 2, 3, 4) will submit documentation by August 1st. This is an annual requirement while in the program. Students who fail to submit all clinical documents will not be permitted to start clinical courses.

 

School of Kinesiology Regulations

In addition to the University Regulations and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations of this Calendar, the following regulations of the School of Kinesiology also apply to students in this program.

It is the responsibility of each student registering at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma, or certificate which he/she seeks.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses selected at registration satisfy the program requirements of the degree sought. Academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Calendar as well as the information pertaining to the faculty or school in which he/she is enrolled.

1. Year Level Incrementation
A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:
Year 1 = < 5 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 5 to < 10 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 10 to < 16 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 16

2. Continuation in Program
(a) To proceed without condition to the succeeding year of a program, a student must:
(i) maintain a minimum overall average of 60% in all courses
(ii) maintain a minimum 70% cumulative average in all Kinesiology courses.
(b) A student carrying additional courses must count those courses, for regulation purposes, as part of his/her academic load.
(c) Students who are not allowed to continue in a Kinesiology program will be permitted to retake Kinesiology courses to improve their status; however, they will not be allowed to register for new Kinesiology courses.

3. Special Exams
A student who has failed a course or courses may write a special examination(s) as outlined in University Regulations, VII Special Examinations.

4. Failed Year
(a) A student is deemed to have failed the year if:
(i) the student has failed more than two full courses or their equivalent; or
(ii) the student has failed more than one full course or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(iii) the student attains an overall average of less than 50% in all courses; or
(iv) the student has a failure of more than one full course or its equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not.
(b) In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.
(c) A student having failed no more than one full course (or its equivalent) of the year's work after special examinations will be permitted to register for the succeeding year of the program.
(d) A student who has failed a year is eligible to apply for re-admission to the University. A student will normally be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.

5. First Class Standing
(a) First class standing is granted on the basis of the average of all Kinesiology courses at the time of graduation.
(b) In the computation of a First Class Standing average, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

6. Student Attire
Every student is expected to wear clothing that represents Lakehead University, preferably Kinesiology, when engaged in activities that involve community members.  Admission to a Practice of Kinesiology course may be refused by the instructor if the appropriate attire is not worn.

7. Certification
All students must have a valid Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR(C) or St. John Ambulance certification (or equivalent) by the end of the first term in second year. It is the student's responsibility to provide proof of certification to the Administrative Assistant in the School of Kinesiology.

8. Special Event
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9. Work Standard
All papers and written works should be prepared according to the rules and guidelines of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association unless noted otherwise.

10. Varsity/Club/Campus Recreation Sports
In service of promoting and displaying the values and tenets inherent to the field of Kinesiology, students are encouraged to participate in varsity, club and/or campus recreation sports throughout the program. For more information about these programs, see the Department of Athletics.

11. Accident Insurance
The University does not carry any form of personal accident insurance. Students are responsible for any medical or hospital costs that they may incur as a result of an accident on or off campus. Those students who are not covered by medical and hospital insurance plans are advised to obtain some form of accident coverage. All students who participate in athletic activities are required to have adequate insurance coverage.

12. Police Criminal Reference Check
A criminal reference check may be required for participation in community-based experiences as determined by the community partner.

13. Physical Activity
The curriculum involves experiences that will require students to engage in physical activity.

Each year, all students will complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) to identify any areas of concern related to participation in physically active classes or laboratory experiences.

Not all courses outlined in the Calendar are offered every year. The Office of the Registrar or the appropriate Faculty, Department or School should be consulted for supplementary information regarding final and complete timetable, course offerings and course instructors prior to the start of classes.

School of Social Work Regulations

See the University Regulations section and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations section of this Calendar for conditions to enter, proceed in, and graduate from these programs.

In addition to the University academic regulations pertaining to honours programs, the following regulations apply to Social Work students.

1. Year Level Progression
A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated will progress as follows:
Year 1 = < 4 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 4 to < 9 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 9 to < 14 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 14

2. Grade Requirements

(a) Continuation


To progress, a student must pass all non-Social Work courses with an overall average of at least 60%. The following Social Work courses (Social Work 1100, Social Work 2011, Social Work 2012) must be passed with at least an overall average of 70%.


In the professional years of the program (3rd, 4th, One Year), Social Work courses require a minimum grade of 60% in each course and an overall average of 70% maintained each year. Social Work 3500, 4500 and 4501 are graded on a pass-fail basis.

 

(b) Failed Year

1st and 2nd Years:
(a) A student is deemed to have failed year one or two of the HBSW program if:
(i) the student has failed more than two full courses or their equivalent; or
(ii) the student has failed more than one full course or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(iii) the student attains an overall average of less than 50% in all courses; or
(iv) the student has a failure of more than one full course or its equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not.
(b) In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.
(c) A student having failed no more than one full course (or its equivalent) of the year's work after special examinations will be permitted to register for the succeeding year of the program.
(d) A student who has failed a year is eligible to apply for re-admission to the University. A student will normally be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.


Professional Years (3rd, 4th, One Year):
Third year students with less than an overall average of 70% may be permitted to enrol in fourth year "On Probation". One year students with less than an overall average of 70% from the summer term, may be allowed to proceed "On Probation". Fourth Year and One Year students who do not achieve the 70% overall average requirement, after all special examinations are processed, are deemed to have failed the year.

(c) Failed Practicums
A student who has failed a field practicum, may with the permission of the Director and Co-ordinator of Field Education be permitted to repeat the practicum at another location. However, a student who has failed a practicum twice is deemed to have failed the program.

3. Course requirements for the Honours Bachelor of Social Work Degree

To graduate with a four year HBSW degree, a student must successfully complete twenty full course equivalents (FCEs), which will have been planned in co-operation with a Faculty Advisor. Of the total of twenty FCEs required, the student must complete a minimum of eleven FCEs offered by the School of Social Work and a minimum of eight FCEs other than Social Work chosen in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. The remaining 1.0 FCE elective may be taken from either the School of Social Work or from another department. If the remaining FCE is chosen from another department approval from the Faculty Advisor is required.

To graduate with an HBSW One-Year Degree, a student must complete the required 10 FCEs of Social Work credits at Lakehead University, with the possible exception of Social Work 1100, 2011, and 2012 which may be granted as Advanced Standing credits upon admission.

4. Special and Challenge Examinations

Special examinations are governed by the University Regulations, VII Special Examinations.

A student unable to advance to a higher year may either repeat the year with the approval of the Director, enter the upper year on probation with the approval of the Director, or transfer to another program in the University.

A student, admitted into the program, who has previous work experience in an approved social service agency, who has received acceptable supervision (MSW, HBSW or equivalent level) is eligible to request credit for the Social Work 3501 course. Students' requests will be determined by a committee of faculty. Students should contact the Field Education Co-ordinator by October 15th to arrange for the necessary challenge procedures.

Note:
The School will assign field placements (Social Work 3500, 4500 and 4501) to individual students subject to the availability of suitable placements. In some cases this may require a change of the beginning and/or ending date of the placement from dates given in the Calendar pertaining to given sessions or delay of the field placement to a later session.

Students taking Social Work 3500, 4500 and 4501 are required to arrange for their own transportation to field placements. Many field placements require that students have a car available during placement. Students' selection of available field placements will be limited if they do not own a valid drivers licence. Students may be selected to do one of their field placements in a community other than Thunder Bay or Orillia. In that case, students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation and housing in that community, and additional medical insurance coverage.

5. Criminal Reference Check, Professional Suitability and Unsafe Practice

Students will be required to obtain a current Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Search for the records of the placement agency before beginning their field practicum and they will be responsible for the cost of this Search. This Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Search should meet the requirements of the placement agency, which may require the Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Search to be obtained within either six months, three months or one month of the practicum start date. The Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Search must be obtained from the police force serving the student’s home community. If the student’s community is served by the Ontario Provincial Police a longer process may be required. The results of the Criminal Record Search are to be provided directly to the placement agency and not to the School of Social Work.

A student may be denied access to a placement site by the placement agency, based on the nature of past offences, and this may affect the student’s continuation in the HBSW program.

A student may be excluded from the practicum and/or communication courses when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student's interaction with clients or other students which places these clients, these students or the student at risk for harm. For further information, please refer to the School of Social Work Professional Suitability Policy in the current Field Placement Manual.

6. Year Progression and Program Sequence Alterations

Normally all previous social work courses will have been completed prior to the student entering each subsequent year. Permission must be granted by the student's academic advisor or the Director of the School of Social Work before a student may alter this course sequencing.

7. Attendance

In order to achieve the course and year level objectives for each year, and to become competent in the required theory and skills, students should maintain a high level of attendance for all social work courses, and especially for theory, skill and practicum courses/sessions. Absence from these may result in failure. Students who repeat this behaviour over more than one course will not be permitted to continue in the program. (see University Regulations, VIII Deficiency (d) and (e) )

8. Work Standard

All papers and written works should be prepared according to the rules and guidelines of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association unless noted otherwise.

9. First Class Standing

A Social Work student will be awarded First Class Standing if the weighted average of all the major courses taken is at least 80%. To conform with University Regulations, V Standing (c), in the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having obtained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.