Important BU Statements and Policies

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Brandon University’s two campuses are located on both Treaty 1 and Treaty 2 territories. Brandon University’s main campus in Brandon, MB is located on Treaty 2 lands, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-Cree, Cree, Dene, and Metis peoples. Acknowledging Indigenous relationships and ties to the land is just the first step to reconciliation. This course crucially emphasizes a respect for these relationships, to recognize and learn about the history of these lands, and to raise awareness for continuing reconciliation.

https://www.brandonu.ca/ipc/land-acknowledgment/

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS FOR IN PERSON INSTRUCTION DURING COVID-19

Brandon University values the health and safety of its students and employees. Our shared goal during the COVID-19 pandemic is to create learning environments that are safe. In providing in-person course instruction, Brandon University considered how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the impact in your learning environment. Physical campus enhancements as well as health and safety protocols have been implemented to reduce COVID- 19 transmission amongst instructors and students. These protocols are in place to maintain a safe work environment so as to not interrupt your studies. In registering for this in-person course, students are asked to respect the health and safety of their peers, the instructor and other Brandon University employees by adhering to the posted COVID-19 health and safety guidelines at all times during instruction of this course. Failure to do so may put others at risk and could result in your removal from in person instruction and/or the building itself (Student-Non-Academic-Misconduct-Policy-July-2020-.pdf). Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the Brandon University website https://www.brandonu.ca/covid-19.

 

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATION

Brandon University values diversity and inclusion, recognizing disability as an aspect of diversity. Our shared goal is to create learning environments that are accessible, equitable, and inclusive for all students. Student Accessibility (SAS) supports students by developing an individualized plan of accommodation, helping students understand their learning needs, and assisting faculty with provision of accommodations for students. Should you anticipate or experience disability-related barriers, including permanent, chronic, or temporary disabilities/or medical conditions, you are invited to contact the Student Accessibility Coordinator (magnussonm@brandonu.ca) or complete a Student Information form to request a confidential discussion with the SAS Coordinator. If you already have established accommodations with SAS, please contact SAS early in the term to discuss the accommodations outlined in your letter of accommodation. Additional information is available on the Student Accessibility Services website: https://www.brandonu.ca/student-services/student-accessibility-services/

 

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Personal Counsellors at Brandon University are dedicated to providing support to students’ wellness, primarily their mental well-being, through prevention activities, early identification and timely interventions using a holistic lens. Please contact the Personal Counsellors in the Student Services Department by calling 204-727-9737 or emailing vodonc@brandonu.ca to make an appointment. There are crisis counselling appointments available daily.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 

Suspected instances of academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism or cheating, will be pursued in accordance with the Brandon University Policy on Academic Integrity, which is available here: https://www.brandonu.ca/senate-office/files/2020/08/AcademicIntegrity_Policy_SenateApproved20200723.pdf

For more information about expectations of academic integrity, what may constitute a departure from academic integrity, and possible consequences, please see the Student FAQs – Academic Integrity document available here:

https://www.brandonu.ca/senate-office/files/2020/08/AIPolicy_StudentFAQ_202008.pdf

 

NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Instances of non-academic misconduct are governed by the Student Non-academic Misconduct Policy available here: https://www.brandonu.ca/governors/files/Student-Non-Academic-Misconduct-Policy-September-2020-FINAL.pdf

 

WHAT IS EARLY ALERT?

Early Alert is a retention program that connects students in need of support to the right campus resources at the earliest possible moment.  Early Alert enables instructors to identify students who are at risk of falling behind.  The program targets students early in the semester who:

a) receive a “D” or “F” on a test/quiz/assignment;

b) have been excessively absent (if you have a small enough class to notice this);

Students who have been identified by the instructor will be contacted by the Student Services team with instructions to connect with an Early Alert Advisor. The Early Alert Advisor will make a plan with the student to improve their grades and make a referral to the appropriate supports when needed. Student participation in Early Alert is completely voluntary.

All first-year courses are invited to participate in Early Alert.