Graduate course policies

Academic Integrity 

Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic fraud are taken very seriously by both the University and the Department. The University’s policy on academic integrity can be found at

It is your responsibility to understand the University’s policy on academic .


Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) as soon as possible. The CAL staff are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations The sooner you let us know your needs the quicker we can assist you in achieving your learning goals in this course. 

Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity 

The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive, supportive and safe learning and working environment for all its members. 

Guidelines on Religious Observances 

Where classes or examinations are scheduled on the holy days of a religion, students may notify their instructors, at least two weeks in advance, of their intention to observe the holy day(s) by absenting themselves from classes or examinations. Instructors will provide reasonable opportunities for such students to make up work or missed examinations.

Final Examination 

Off-schedule final examinations (i.e., deferred examinations) are given only in accordance with the university policy as outlined in the Calendar. If you are unable to write a final examination due to illness, accident or family affliction, please refer to the following webpage.

Students are strongly advised not to make plans for travel or employment during the final examination period as special arrangements will not be made for examinations that conflict with such plans. 


The university Calendar states 'Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled.' (see Our courses are conducted on that basis. If you miss an announcement (information concerning midterms, corrections to assignment, etc.) because you did not attend class, you must accept the consequences of not having learned of the change. 


If a calculator is allowed in tests and examinations in a course offered by the Department, then the calculator used must be a Sharp Calculator with a model number starting with “EL-510R”. The latest such model may be purchased at the UVic Bookstore. In some courses, calculators are not allowed. 


Percentage scores will be converted to letter grades according to the university-wide standard table which can be found here: