General Arts and Science - Diploma Option

2021/22 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 0090
Interdisciplinary Studies

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

COVID-19 and 2021-22 Program Delivery

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. ​Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 


Welcome to Conestoga College, the next step in your pursuit of post-secondary learning. The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is your gateway to a variety of other college programs in the fields of Health Sciences, Community Services, Business, Information Technology, Engineering, and Media and Design.  It can also be your gateway to degree-level academic learning at either colleges or universities, if that is your goal. In particular, the General Arts and Sciences programs are designed to offer you a firm academic foundation in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and to help you define your academic or career path by discovering your passion, developing your creativity, enhancing your professionalism, and augmenting your post-secondary academic achievements.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program specific details and other important information needed, while studying in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of changes as required through the Conestoga email system. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

This handbook must be read in conjunction with general information about Conestoga College found on the website and in the student guide. The information in the Student Guide and on the college website applies to all students, regardless of program, and will be referred to in Phase II Orientation at the beginning of the first semester in a program.

​It is the responsibility of each student to review and understand this document. The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is here to educate students on how to manage their college experience, navigate the college systems, make informed decisions, and assume responsibility for their academic success. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the content of this document, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.​

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INSPIRE students and employees to strive toward their highest potential.​

Program Academic Team

​​​Shawn Brake 
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
(519) 748 - 5220 ext. 3058

Andrew Schmitz Ph.D.
Academic Chair
(519) 748 - 5220 ext. 2319

Jen Matthews
Administrative Assistant to Academic Chair
(519) 748-5220  ext. 3265

Lisa Bauman
Program Manager 
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3321

Kerry Till
Program Coordinator
(519) 748-5220  ext. 3848

Program Faculty

Laura McAlister
Jessica Wilhelm
Kerry Till
Crystal Shadd-Ceres
Kerry Townson
Shannon Buckley
Cinthia Albuquerque
Vanessa Correia
Konstantin Boshnakov
Graham Folkema
Rebekah Page
Allison Harrisingh-Tucker
Daniel Carrasco Guariento

​In addition to the core complement of program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program. These include faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and other schools within Conestoga College. Contact information for this faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.

Program Overview

​​Program Description

This one-year diploma program is designed for students who wish to acquire a general education in the arts and sciences while having the flexibility to explore further educational options within the college or to pursue a degree at a local university. Students will acquire skills in communication, critical thinking and research, while exploring contemporary issues in today's global society. Students will explore a topic of interest through the construction of a research project, paper, and portfolio that culminates in a presentation to an expert audience. During this program, students will participate in a course that will enable them to discover career opportunities.

In the second semester students will consult with their program coordinator to select from a variety of post-secondary courses in disciplines of their choice. The program is constructed to allow students to explore options that meet future academic goals either through selecting courses in a major discipline or courses eligible for credit transfer at the University of Waterloo (courses are subject to availability). After successful completion of this program, students may wish to apply to programs within Conestoga College or pursue further education at other institutions.

​​Program Delivery

Students may take the General Arts and Science diploma in a variety of methods including, in-class, hybrid (a combination of remote and on-campus learning), and modular style delivery (one course completed at a time). ​

Program Learning Outcomes​

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
  • Question cultural norms in order to develop a personal world view in relation to others, including in the workplace.
  • Describe the development of western thought in a global context to categorize behaviours and relationships in the modern world
  • Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to communicate required by business and industry.
  • Utilize critical thinking processes and problem-solving techniques through logical experiences, mathematical practices, and laboratory applications.
  • Develop personal and professional abilities, drawing from the subject areas of Health, Business, Engineering, or Information Technology, in order to contribute to success in the workplace
  • Develop interpersonal skills and implement strategies to enhance self-satisfaction and employability.

General Arts and Science - One Year ​Program Curriculum Sequence/Design​

The following is the anticipated sequence of the program over its two years of implementation beginning in September 2021. Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes.  Course sequence and load can be adjusted through an arrangement with the coordinator. 

Level One:

CDEV1840 Career Discovery

COMM1085 College Reading and Writing Skills 

COMP1618 Computer Use in the Modern World

CONO101 Conestoga 101

LIBS1540 Student Success for Higher Learning

PHIL1000 Critical Thinking

Level Two:

COMM1030 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics

MDIA1070 Information, Data, and Current Events

SOC1140 Canada in the Future

GASE1300 Program Option Elective:  Students must pass 1 course

Choose between COMM1665 Foundations in Presentation Skills OR MATH1096 Foundations in Math 

GASE1400 Program Discipline Option: Student must pass 1 course

Students will be offered a selection of courses to choose from in the Student Portal 

General Arts and Science - Diploma Option Program Curriculum Sequence/Design​

Should students be interested in moving to the two-year version of the program, the following is the anticipated sequence of the program. Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes.  Course sequence and load can be adjusted through arrangements with the coordinator. Student would move into the thrid level of the program and extend their studies by one year.  

Level Three:

COMM2210 Research and Writing

GASE1005 General Electives:  General Education (Minimum of 42 hours)

GASE1310 Program Option: Students must pass 1 course

Choose between PHIL2030 Introduction to Philosophy OR SCIE2010 Introduction to Natural Science OR SOC1525 Introduction to the Social Sciences 

GASE1401 Program Discipline Option: Student must pass 2 courses

Students will be offered a selection of courses to choose from in the Student Portal 

Level Four:

GASE1005 General Electives: General Education (Minimum of 84 hours)

GASE1320 Program Option: Students must pass 1 course

Students will choose the partnered course based on their selection from level 3: PHIL2000 Ethics in the Real World, SCIE2060 Introduction to the Natural Sciences II or SOC2020Contemporary Social Issues ​

GASE1402 Program Discipline Option: Student must pass 2 courses. 

Students will be offered a selection of courses to choose from in the Student Portal 

Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on the 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select the 'View Progress Report' button

 Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through Accessibility Services. Access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including Learning Skills, Peer Services, Math and Writing assistance.

Program start and end dates, holidays, and deadlines for course add/drop and withdrawal are located in the Student Guide. Course changes (add/dropping) may also be made through the Student Portal under the "My Courses" tab.​

Student Services

​Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's student services information.

Career Services – Program Specific

Some students seek admission to more specific vocational/educational programs at Conestoga College or elsewhere following completion of one, two or three semesters. Those graduating after the fourth semester often find employment relating to their choice of vocational discipline. Some graduates continue their education at university.

Co-Curricular Record – Program Specific

The CCR is an official document, complementary to your academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that you have achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College. For more information and how to be involved with the CCR, please email

Several General Arts and Science students participate in the annual College Fair to develop their CCR.

Co-op Services – Program Specific

Not required for this program

Some students seek admission to more specific vocational/educational programs at Conestoga College or elsewhere following completion of one, two or three semesters. Those graduating after the fourth semester often find employment relating to their choice of vocational discipline. Some graduates continue their education at university.

Orientation – Program Specific​

Program orientation activities are conducted at Conestoga College

Program Information and Protocols

​​​Academic Assistance

Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues. The program coordinator and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information. Visit the myLearning page through Student Success Services​ for information on accessibility accommodations and other services such as study skills, peer support, and math and writing tutoring. 

Academic Dates

​Refer to the college website for academic dates.

​Program Completion Policies​

When students are accepted into the General Arts and Science program, the expectation is that they will graduate at the end of the two-year program. The following outlines the policies surrounding completion of these programs:

  1. Program Design.  This program is designed as a two-year delivery beginning in the fall semester (September) or winter semester (January) of year one and finishing in the winter semester (April). The college will also offer fulltime program levels during the Spring semesters for those starting in the Winter. 

  2. Academic Completion. If a student is on track to completing their program, but still needs to complete academic courses, they can return on a special timetable to complete these courses. 
  3. Convocation.  In the case of  students who have not completed in time to graduate in June, the students may be allowed to continue into the summer. In these cases, students may be allowed to convocate in the fall rather than waiting until the following June on condition that they complete by the end of August.  This option is not an automatic right but is only granted in exceptional cases. It was never designed to be a normal time to graduate from the program.

​​Academic Probation – Program Protocols

Academic probation could occur in the following circumstances:

  • one or more cited instances of plagiarism (See Academic Offences Policy)
  • students carrying four failed courses in the program in which they are registered, the student will be placed on academic probation at the end of each academic semester 
  • students on academic probation will be monitored by their Program Coordinator and/or Student Success Advisor

​Clearance of Failed Courses

There are a number of ways a student can work towards correcting failed course(s). It is recommended that students register for their failed courses as soon as possible, however not all courses will be offered each semester so students may have to wait until the course is offered again in order to take the courses needed to satisfy program requirements.  Students may be able to sign up and take one or more failed courses through Continuing Education; either online or in a traditional classroom setting. Please consult with your Program Coordinator and/or Student Success Advisor for an academic plan to clear failed courses. ​

Academic Probation

When a student is carrying three to four failed courses in the program in which they are registered, the student will be placed on academic probation at the end of each academic semester. Students on academic probation will be monitored by their Program Coordinator or Student Sucess Advisor. 

​​​​​Students will remain on academic probation until all but two outstanding failures in their program have been cleared. 

While on academic probation, the student must meet with their Coordinator or Student Success Advisor prior to the beginning of each semester to establish an academic plan. This will provide better opportunities for the student to be successful.  Students will continue to be on academic probation as long as they have more than two outstanding failed courses. If a student has six or more outstanding failed courses, they will be discontinued from full-time studies in their program. ​

​​Program Discontinuation

A student may be discontinued from their program by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies for either academic or non-academic reasons, as set out in the Discontinuance Procedure. Discontinuance decisions for academic reasons are made at the end of each academic semester.

Students who have been discontinued from the School of Interdisciplinary must meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Sucess Advisor to discuss the student's plan to return to full-time studies. An academic plan will be prepared and a learning contract will be completed before the student's application for re-admission will be considered.​​​​

​Re-admission to a Program

A student who has been discontinued for academic reasons from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies will only be considered for re-admission into their program if:

  • The student has cleared all but two of the outstanding failures, or
  • The student has sat out for one academic year

Once the student has met a minimum of one of the above criteria, then the student must re-apply to the program. If the student is re-applying to year one, level one, they must apply through Ontario Colleges. If the student is re-applying to level 2 or beyond, they must submit a completed Conestoga College program application form to the registrar's office and pay the application fee. Re-admission to a program is not automatic. In all cases, re-admission to programs in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies will be at the discretion of the school. Students must meet with their Program Coordinator or Student Success Advisor to create a learning contract. Please be aware that not all courses will be offered each semester so students may have to wait until the course is offered again to take courses needed to satisfy program requirements.

Program Withdrawal

Students who wish to terminate their studies must officially withdraw from their program by electronically submitting a Withdrawal Form, found in the Student Portal under the "Services" tab, "My Forms" sub-tab. Students who do not officially withdraw are still liable for outstanding fees and may not be eligible for a refund. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal and academic records may reflect failures.​

​Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements – Program Protocols​

In order to graduate, all academic requirements for the program must be completed. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

​​Student Feedback

​Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). This Student Experience Survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: the Early Course Check-in and Full-SAT. The Early Course Check-in is 5 questions, occurs during week 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the faculty menber and their academic manager. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term. All full-time faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. Part-time faculty may be reviewed more frequently. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their Continuing Education course.

Success Expectations

This section outlines the behaviours and expectations that will aid in your success in the program. 

​​Classroom Information

Successful students will:

  • Be prepared for class, ready to ask/answer questions, and participate in classroom discussions.
  • Submit assignments on time.
  • Engage in academic integrity on all assigned work and tests/examinations.
  • Behave in a polite, ethical, professional, and respectful manner toward all faculty, students, employers, and colleagues both on and off-campus.
  • Communicate effectively in English: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Be a positive ambassador for the program and the college.

​​Attendance – Program Protocols​

​Regular attendance by each student is essential for the successful completion of your program. This includes showing up to classes (either in person or remote) on time and being prepared for classes.  if you happen to be away from class it is your responsibility to obtain from classmates and/or eConestoga any assignments or notes that were missed. The expected protocol is to inform your professor of any absence prior to the missed class.  Log in to the Student Portal to report an absence before class begins.   If it is a missed test or assignment a medical certificate or other written documentation may be required to validate the absence.​

Reporting of Absences

The Student Portal contains a mechanism for recording student absence(s) from class. This method of recording absence(s) must be used if the student is not present for an assessed item or does not meet the submission deadline. Assessed items that contribute to final grades are defined as the following:

  • Assignments
  • Tests/exams
  • Labs/quizzes
  • Practical skill evaluations
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Other, as defined by faculty

Students are encouraged to also record their absence when there is no evaluation. The Student Portal will provide a list of all absences from scheduled classes.


Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders. To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal. Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February). Visit the Financial Aid and  Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website for more information.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency – Program Protocols​

In order to qualify for a supplemental exam or for supplemental work, a student must meet the following criteria:

Mandatory Conditions for Supplemental Exams

Students must be currently registered in the course and meet the following conditions:

  • A failing grade of not less than 50%.
  • Limit of one supplemental opportunity per semester
  • Passed at least one major individual assessment worth no less than 15%. Passing group work is not sufficient. 
  • No registered academic offence in the course.
  • Complete the process by the required posted deadline.: Deadlines may vary by faculty, semester, and program delivery.
  • Students will be notified by college email for scheduled dates, times and deadlines.

Failure to complete the registration process correctly will result in not being allowed to write the supplemental exam / assignment.

The supplemental exam registration process is as follows:

  1. Your faculty will advise you if you are eligible
  2. The student's final grade must be between:
    • 50-54% for certificates or diplomas
  3. The student must consult with the School of Interdisciplinary Studies to determine if the student meets the conditions of eligibility.
  4. The student must consent to the supplemental exam fee as discussed by the program coordinator or administrative team prior to payment.
  5. The supplemental exam fee will be charged directly to the student's college account.
  6. The student will retain a copy of the supplemental form for their records and as proof of payment.
  7. The student must attend and write the supplemental exam on the scheduled date and time assigned or adhere to the supplemental assignment deadline, as no alternative arrangements will be made.

​​Communication – Program Standard & Emailing Etiquette

​Please ensure that you are using your Conestoga College email address when you correspond with your faculty or classmates.  When corresponding with anyone at the college please include a proper salutation, the reason for your email including necessary details (ie course and section codes, professor's names, nature of your concern), and a closing.  Include your student number and program information in your email signature. If you do not recieve a reply from the person you emailed, you may follow up again after 48 hours.  Emails are responded to during business hours. Abusive language, repeated emails will not be tolerated and are a violation of the Student Expectations for Online Engagement. 

It is your responsibility to check your college email account on a daily basis to ensure you are up to date on classroom or program information. 


Course Add/Drop Program

You can add your electives through your student portal and drop courses from your portal in GAS.

Log in to the Student Portal

  1. Click on the "My Courses" tab
  2. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listing.
  3. Click the red 'X' to drop a course
​It is strongly recommended that students consult their program coordinator/academic advisor prior to dropping a course.  Adding and dropping courses can affect tuition fees and OSAP eligibility.  
Visit the Credit Transfer Office for information on credit transfers and exemptions.  Students must see their coordinator to drop a requried course.  Courses may not be offered during any semester and are subject to availability.


Conestoga's General Arts and Science Diploma has pathways opportunities to: 
Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Brantford, Ontario)
University of Waterloo (Waterloo)
University of Guelph-Humber (Toronto, Ontario)
Griffith University (Australia)
Davenport University (Michigan, USA)

There are a number of different opportunities available to students who want to continue studying at Conestoga. Whether you wish to transfer to another program or apply to a new program after graduation, Conestoga has established pathways to help you meet your goals. Conestoga Pathways information is available on Conestoga's website.



Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op placements if applicable. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.

​Maintaining Student Files  

Information on students is confidential and cannot be shared with other students or family members without the direct permission of the student.  This is normally provided in writing by completing and signing a release of information form. See "student forms" at

Program Transfer Protocols​

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program coordinator or academic advisor. Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a Program Application Form to the registrar's office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where courses numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic transfer credit is given if passing grades are met.​

Program Progression​

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Please ensure you have met with your Program Coordinator or Student Success advisor to ensure you are aware of changes to your program including changes to program designs, course changes and availability, and sequencing of courses.  

Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

Standards of Conduct

Students are expected to adhere to all college policies regarding academic and student rights and responsibilities as per the Student Guide.

Student Representation – Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI)

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student and/or faculty meeting provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.​

Facility Information

Refer to the Student Guide​ for facility information, including hours of operation and closure practices.


Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours

​​​Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2021 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

Some programs will be delivered in a hybrid format (a combination of remote and on-campus learning). Other programs will be delivered in a remote format only. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.

For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class.  Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.

College Hours

For the Fall 2021 semester, to support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga are delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Effective January 2022: Full-time courses at Conestoga are typically delivered Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

*In some instances, classes will be scheduled outside of this time frame and may include Sunday, to accommodate course, program and college requirements.*​​

Safety Information

​​Refer to the Student Guide​ for Conestoga’s Safety and Security Services and procedures.

Note: Students are required to sign a CCITAL Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form (if applicable to program).

Emergency Program Protocols 

Refer to your Student Guidefor Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Machine Operation and Safety​

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.​

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)​

Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.

Conestoga Policies and Procedures

​​Student Protection Acknowledgement

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following:         
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure ​
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Convocation Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Program and Course Withdrawal and Refund Procedure/International Student Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Readmission Procedure
  • Religious Holiday Policy & Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfil and enforce these standards.​​ 

Conestoga 101

The Student Engagement Department is here to help you transition to the Conestoga College experience, connect with your community, and build your skills. 

Start your college experience by completing Conestoga 101 (CON0101) on eConestoga, a mandatory course for all new full-time students that will take you approximately one hour to complete. CON0101 provides an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga. Make sure you complete it early on in the term, as it contains valuable information that will help you transition to Conestoga.

​General Education / Interdisciplinary Electives

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Interdisciplinary electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Interdisciplinary​ elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at

Web-based Tools

​Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.

Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.

While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Revised Spring 2014

Revised Spring 2015

Revised Spring 2016 ​

Revised Spring 2017

Revised Spring 2018

Revised Spring 2019

Accommodation Disclaimer

​Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accommodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessibility focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accommodations rests with the program chair.

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