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Humber Moving to 7-1-7 Academic Semester in Fall 2019

Humber will be moving to a new “7-1-7” academic semester starting in the Fall 2019 semester. 7-1-7 means that each semester will begin with seven weeks of classes, followed by a reading week, and concluding with seven weeks of classes. Previously, Humber only had a full reading week in the Winter semester.

Over the past several years, multiple surveys have been conducted with students and employees about having a reading week in each semester. An overwhelming majority of students, faculty, and staff responded that the additional days would be beneficial and have a positive impact on them. This initiative supports Humber’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, Pillar 3: Healthy and Inclusive Community, and aligns us with many Ontario colleges already implementing this schedule.

Additional information, including a Frequently Asked Questions list is below.
The 2019-2020 Academic Calendar is now available online here.
Please contact gina.antonacci@humber.ca if you have any questions or require additional information.

FAQ

Student Questions:
Q: Why is Humber implementing a 7-1-7 semester?

A: Based on the feedback we’ve received over the past several years from students and employees, we feel that providing a reading week in each semester gives students their best chance to succeed in and out of the classroom. The 7-1-7 semester schedule also aligns us with the majority of other Ontario postsecondary institutions.

Q: Do all programs have a reading week each semester?

A: The majority of Humber programs will align with the 7-1-7 semester. Some programs that may be shorter in length, such as the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, will continue with their current semester layout. Additional information will be directly provided to students in these programs.

Q: When does the 7-1-7 semester take effect?

A: Starting in Fall 2019, a reading week will take place each semester, which is the 7-1-7 semester schedule.

Q: Will the residence be open during the reading week?

A: Yes, the residence will be open during the entire reading week.

Q: Will campuses be open and services available during reading week?

A: Yes, all campuses and services will be open during reading week.

Q: I’m an International student. Does the 7-1-7 semester affect my VISA? How am I impacted?

A: Your program will still finish in the same number of weeks, therefore your VISA should not be impacted. Contact the International Centre if you have any specific questions.

Q: How is my Monday class impacted since I lose one week for Thanksgiving/Family Day/Victoria Day, and one for Reading week?

A: Your professor and program coordinator will work to ensure there is sufficient time to cover all course materials and assignments within the semester. Please contact your professor for any specific questions.

Q: Are clinical/field placements/internships cancelled during reading week?

A: This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please discuss with your professor or placement coordinator.

Q: How will my assignment/mid-term exam schedule be impacted?

A: During reading week, no course assignments will be due and no tests or exams will take place. Discuss specific course-related questions with your professor.

Q: Is my credential accreditation impacted at all with this change (credit hours)?

A: No, your credit hours will not be impacted by the addition of a reading week.

Q: How are my curriculum and learning outcomes impacted?

A: Course/program curricula will be planned in accordance with a 7-1-7 semester schedule.

Q: Will I receive a midterm grade?

A: Yes, your professor will provide details to you. You can also refer to the Academic Calendar for more information.

Q: Will my tuition be the same when I now have one less week of classes?

A: Your tuition fees are based on course credits. As tuition fees are based on course credits, and there will be no change to course credits, tuition fees will remain the same.

Faculty/Staff Questions:

Q: Will my department be open during reading week (e.g. library, residence, etc.)?

A: Yes, all departments and services will be open during reading week.

Q: As a part-time faculty member, how does this impact my pay?

A: Contact faculty members are paid for the hours that they work – partial-load and part-time faculty contracts will reflect 14 weeks of teaching.

Q: As a full-time faculty member, how does this impact my SWF?

A: Professors do not currently receive a SWF for reading week activity and the same practice will continue within the new semester schedule.

Q: As a faculty member/employee, am I expected to be at Humber during reading week?

A: Reading week is a non-teaching work week, meaning that all regularly scheduled classes are not offered, though the college is open and operating normally. The faculties usually host meetings or special events for staff/professors during reading week. When that is the case, staff and faculty will be advised in advance of the reading week. If there are extenuating circumstances that impact your situation, please reach out to your immediate supervisor.

Q: Am I expected to teach the same amount of content during the semester?

A: Professors will determine how best to address the learning outcomes in their course(s) within a 14-week semester. The Centre for Teaching and Learning will be available to provide support as required. Professors are asked to contact their associate dean in the event of special circumstances that may impact a specific course.

Humber will be smoke-free as of January 1, 2019

This fall, Humber became the first public college in Canada to adopt the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and commit to embedding health and wellness in all aspects of our campus culture. An important step in helping us achieve our ambitious goal of becoming the healthiest campus in Canada is our move to a smoke-free campus. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will become smoke-free as of January 1, 2019.

This decision means that smoking of any kind, including smoking tobacco and cannabis products as well as e-cigarettes and vapes, will be prohibited on all Humber property. Humber property includes all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles and/or boats owned or leased by the College. To support this decision, Humber has created a new Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Members of the Humber community who want to smoke will need to leave campus property to do so. Individuals will not be given time away from work or class to smoke.

FAQs

Q: Why is Humber making this change?

A: This important step supports the Humber signing of the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and our goal of becoming the healthiest campus in Canada.

Q: Students and staff will now need to go off Humber property in order to smoke. Will additional time be given to allow them to do so?

A: Individuals will not be given time away from work or class to smoke.

Q: What constitutes Humber property?

A: Humber property includes all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles and/or boats owned or leased by the College. Generally speaking, Humber property lines extend to the sidewalk. Humber property includes, but is not limited to:

  • The North Campus
  • The University of Guelph-Humber
  • The Lakeshore Campus path from the cottages to A building
  • Queens Plate parking lot and surrounding green space
  • Carrier Drive and in the associated parking lots
  • The Humber Arboretum

Please note that municipal by-laws have prohibited smoking at the Orangeville Campus since 2012. This will remain the same after January 1, 2019.

Individuals wanting to smoke will need to go to the public sidewalk in order to do so. Please be respectful of our residential and business neighbours and their properties.

Q: If a student is caught smoking on Humber property after January 1, 2019, will it be a student conduct issue?

A: As we make this transition, we will be focusing on building awareness of the new policy and helping to connect students looking to quit smoking to resources. If a student is repeatedly found to be in violation of the policy, the Student Code of Conduct will apply to their behaviour.

Q: What if I have a medical prescription to smoke cannabis?

A: Requests for accommodation are limited to individuals who provide medical documentation indicating the need to smoke/vape cannabis with a specified regularity coinciding with a scheduled time on campus along with information outlining reasons for not being able to abide by the smoke-free campus policy. Such requests will be reviewed by subject matter experts and determinations will be made as soon as possible.

Students are asked to contact Jacqueline Anderson, associate director, Student Wellness and Development, to submit a formal accommodation request with accompanying medical documentation.

In all other cases, smoking is not permitted on Humber property.

Q: Will the smoking shelters be removed?

A: We will be removing all smoking shelters from Humber property by the end of 2018. Some will be repurposed as weather shelters at the Queens Plate parking lot.

Q: What options will students have for stress relief?

A: Humber provides several options for stress relieving activities, including on-site fitness centres, recreational intramurals and extramurals and mood walks, as well as counselling services.

We also have fitness centres at all campuses so students can stay active and relieve stress.

Q: Can people go into the Arboretum to smoke?

A: Smoking is prohibited on Humber Arboretum lands and facilities as per the Arboretum policy.

Q: Does the new policy apply to the Orangeville Campus?

A: In keeping with municipal by-laws, smoking has been prohibited on the Orangeville Campus and parking lot since 2012. This will remain the same after January 1, 2019. Individuals wanting to smoke will need to continue to go to the public sidewalk in order to do so.

Please visit humber.ca for the latest information.

Policy Statement on Ontario Colleges Upholding Free Speech

A task force of senior leaders from Ontario Colleges have worked together to develop a consistent policy statement on upholding free speech. The policy comes into effect on January 1, 2019 and applies to all Ontario college faculty, students, staff, management, guests and others who are present at all colleges.

Students and employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policy.

If students have questions, require further information or wish to report a potential violation of the policy they should contact the Office of Student Conduct.

Employees who have questions, require further information or wish to report a potential violation of the policy should contact their manager or HR business partner.

Existing college mechanisms and processes will be used to investigate complaints and ensure compliance with the policy.

More information and an FAQ are available below and in the government's media release and backgrounder.

Please direct all related media inquiries to Andrew Leopold, Director of Communications, at andrew.leopold@humber.ca or ext. 4296.

FAQs

Q: Why have all Ontario colleges developed a system-wide policy statement on upholding free speech?

A: Ontario Colleges often collaborate on matters that impact the entire system. In this case, the Colleges have worked together to develop a consistent policy statement on upholding free speech. While each college has had policies and procedures in place to support freedom of expression, the Ontario government's announcement requiring each postsecondary institution to have a policy in place created an opportunity for all Ontario colleges to create a common policy statement.

Q: When will the policy statement on upholding free speech be implemented across all colleges?

A: The policy statement on upholding free speech will be implemented and in effect as of January 1, 2019.

Q: Will the system-wide policy statement be applied equally across all Ontario Colleges?

A: Yes. The policy statement on upholding free speech applies equally and consistently across all Ontario Colleges.

Q: What are the main elements of the policy statement on upholding free speech?

A: The policy is based primarily on the University of Chicago's Statement on Principles of Free Expression and has five core elements:

  • A definition of freedom of speech
  • A commitment to allow open discussion and free inquiry
  • A statement that it is not the colleges' role to shield members of the college community from ideas that they disagree with
  • A statement that while members of the college community are free to contest the views of the others, they must also respect the rights of others to express their views
  • An affirmation that speech that violates the law is not allowed 

Q: Does the statement on upholding free speech allow for anyone to say and do anything on campus at any time or post whatever they want on social media?

A: Speech that violates the law, including the Ontario Human Rights Code, is not allowed. Speech that constitutes harassment, a threat or hate speech is not allowed. Other context specific boundaries to freedom of expression may also apply such as those arising out of the terms of employment and collective agreements.

The statement on upholding free speech notes that "colleges must be places that allow for open discussion and free inquiry where diverse voices can be heard and ideas and viewpoints can be explored and discussed freely and debated openly without fear of reprisal, even if these are considered to be controversial or conflict with the views of some members of the college community."

Although members of the college community are free to criticize and contest the views of others, they may not obstruct or interfere with the freedom of others to express their views at the College.

Policies and procedures that apply to in-person conduct, also apply to online and digital conduct and behaviour.

Q: How will Humber enforce the policy statement on upholding free speech?

A: Existing college mechanisms and processes will be used to investigate complaints and ensure compliance with the policy.

Q: What do students need to know about the policy statement on upholding free speech?

A: Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policy statement along with the student code of conduct. In the case where a student would like to report a potential violation of the policy they should contact the Office of Student Conduct.

Q: What do employees need to know about the policy statement on upholding free speech?

A: Employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policy statement. In the case where an employee would like to report a potential violation of the policy, they should contact their manager or their HR business partner.

Q: Will Humber seek to limit/prohibit external parties being present on our campuses?

A: Humber welcomes a variety of external groups, guests and visitors to its campuses every day, and we expect that will continue. With respect to the policy statement on upholding free speech, Humber, and other Ontario colleges, may reasonably regulate the time, place and manner of freedom of expression to ensure that it does not disrupt normal college operations and ordinary college activities or endanger the safety of others.

Q: Were students involved in the development of the policy?

A: A task force of senior college leaders, student representatives and legal experts collaborated on the development of the policy.

Q: The policy doesn't say anything about academic freedom. Why isn't this included in the policy?

A.The policy establishes principles for the open exchange of ideas and opinions by everyone on our campus. It is aligned with other college policies and they are all to be taken together. The task force that developed the policy deliberately worked to ensure the commitment to free speech wouldn't be confused with issues such as the definition of academic freedom, which is to be addressed through college policies and the collective agreement.

Q: I am a University of Guelph-Humber student/employee. How does this apply to me?

A: The University of Guelph-Humber is a joint venture between the University of Guelph and Humber College. Each institution has developed its own policy regarding free speech. Employees from Humber and the University of Guelph are covered by the employment policies of their employer institution. Over the next few months, Humber and Guelph will be working together to create an understanding regarding the application and enforcement of their respective policies with respect to Guelph-Humber students. For more information visit www.guelphhumber.ca/updates.

Humber's Severe Winter Weather and Closure Procedure

FAQ

Q: When will the decision be made/posted whether Humber/Guelph-Humber will close due to severe winter weather?

A: The decision to remain open or to close the college due to severe winter weather is typically made and posted by 6 a.m. for daytime classes and by 3:30 p.m. for evening classes. Decisions to remain open or close may also be made at any time of the day, pending the threat or onset of inclement weather.

Q: How will the decision to close be communicated to the Humber community?

A: In the event that a college/campus closure is required due to severe winter weather, an announcement will be posted on www.humber.ca, our main Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels and Humber Alert. We will also inform the media of a college closure.

Q: Will students be penalized if they don't attend classes as a result of severe winter weather?

A: Students who do not attend class as a result of severe winter weather will not be penalized provided that they inform their professor and/or program coordinator about their absence in a timely manner.

Q: What should students do if they decide not to attend class due to severe winter weather?

A: Students who decide not to attend class due to severe winter weather must contact their professor and/or program coordinator to inform them about the absence in a timely manner. Students are expected to check Blackboard and/or other regular means of communication with their professor/program for information about any missed class.

Q: What should students do if they miss an exam or test or submitting an assignment due to missing class because of severe winter weather.

A: Students should speak with their professor about missed exams, tests or deadlines due to severe winter weather.

Q: What is expected of a professor/instructor if they cancel class or are unable to come to campus/class due to severe winter weather?

A: A professor/instructor who cancels class or is unable to teach as a result of severe winter weather should follow their usual procedure for cancelling a class and communicating with their students. A professor/instructor is expected to inform their students if a class is being cancelled or changed in some r closure of the facility. It is the student's responsibility to advise their external plway due to inclement weather.

Q: In the event that the college is closed as a result of severe winter weather, what should students do if they are expected to be at an external organization for a placement, internship or college-related activity?

A: If a closure occurs, students at an external organization will follow the protocol of the organization with respect to cancellation of college activities o

acement advisor or supervisor of any situation that prevents them from attending their placement or work.

Q: If one Humber campus is closed due to severe winter weather, does it mean that all campuses are closed?

A: If a campus closure is required at North or Lakeshore Campus (both in Etobicoke) due to severe winter weather, the decision will be to close both Etobicoke campuses.

As the weather in Etobicoke and Orangeville is not always the same, decisions about the Orangeville Campus will be made independently and a separate notice will be sent to Orangeville students and employees.