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Rules and Regulations


Course Placement Policy

  • A student will automatically repeat the course if his/her total score is less than 60 points, a failure.
  • If a student receives 90 points or above, this student will be a candidate to skip to the next level, subject to the instructor’s recommendation and the ELC Executive Director’s evaluation.

If a student believes that he/she is misplaced at the current level, he/she is permitted to appeal. The appropriate procedure is as follows:

  • Adequate reasons for why the student believes he/she is misplaced submitted in writing to the student’s instructor no later than the Wednesday of the first week of classes
  • The instructor will consult with the student’s former instructor, and then submit the student’s written appeal with a teacher recommendation and the student’s course grade (if applicable) to ELC Executive Director no later than 5:00 PM on the Friday of the second week of classes
  • The Executive Director will make a decision case by case. If necessary, an oral interview will be arranged.

Tardiness and Absences

  • Tardiness is strongly discouraged. Habitual tardiness (more than 5 times in one semester) will not be tolerated, and will result in a 5 point deduction or more at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Being late by more than 10 minutes will be considered an absence.
  • Instructors will generally only allow excused absences for emergency situations, such as student or family illness (other excuses will be evaluated). If a student knows that he/she is going to miss a class for one of these reasons, he/she must contact his/her instructor as soon as possible. Teachers should be informed of an absence (excused or unexcused) in advance.
  • An unexcused absence will result in at least a 1 point deduction.
  • Three unexcused absences could result in the student being denied to take the mid-term, to take the final exam, or to pass the course, at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Students are responsible for any work that is missed due to an excused or unexcused absence. It is the student’s responsibility to find out the material that was missed by checking the unit syllabus or by talking with a classmate.

Guidelines for the Submission of Written Work

  • To complete all writing assignments, students are required to turn in word-processed hard copies. Unless stated otherwise, instructors will not accept handwritten work or work on floppy discs or CD-ROMs.
  • A student who completes work (essay drafts, presentations, etc.) after a due date will lose 10% of her/his final mark on that assignment for every day (not class day) that it is late. Instructors may waive or modify this penalty at their discretion.

ELC Policy on Plagiarism:

Plagiarism can be defined as "the deliberate use of another person’s work in your own work, as if it were your own, without adequate acknowledgement of the original source."

Plagiarism is cheating – trying to claim credit for something that is not your work – and it threatens to undermine the value of academic work. We therefore take it very seriously and will impose severe penalties on students who are found guilty of plagiarism.

The penalties are imposed as follows:

  • All cases of suspected plagiarism will be investigated by the ELC, and, where the work of one student clearly has been used by another student in an attempt to deceive the teachers, both the student who does the copying and the student whose work is copied will receive ZERO MARKS for that assignment.
  • Similarly, any submitted work that contains unacknowledged information or blocks of text from published works (including web-based sources) in an attempt to deceive will receive ZERO MARKS.

In all cases of plagiarism, we will consider invoking the university’s disciplinary procedures, which can lead to the incident of plagiarism being recorded permanently on a student’s academic record.

The following represent different types of plagiarism under the ELC definition:

  • Turning in another student’s work as one’s own with or without that student’s knowledge
  • Turning in a paper written by anyone else as one’s own (including websites)
  • Copying a paper (or parts of a paper) from a source text without proper acknowledgement
  • Copying material from a source text, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks
  • Paraphrasing material from a source text without proper documentation


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