Academic practices and regulations


Punctual and regular attendance is expected of students. Attendance is mandatory only as a requirement for sponsored students, or when specified in course outlines. Failure to meet stated attendance requirements may result in course failure or withdrawal as determined by instructors and the program chair, or in withdrawal from the college.

Class schedules

Class schedules are subject to change for various reasons without notice. Ensure you check MyQuest for any class schedule updates.

Classification of students

Admission status

Applicant: An individual who has submitted an application and paid the application fee to NorQuest College.

International applicant: An applicant who is a citizen or resident of another country and requires a valid study permit to study in Canada.

Once granted admission to a program, applicants will be classified as one or more of the following:

Regular applicant: An applicant admitted to a credit program on the basis of meeting the admission requirements or having satisfied a provision of admission.

Conditional applicant: An applicant conditionally granted admission to a credit program with the understanding that evidence of successful completion of in-progress course work to meet admission requirements will be submitted before the start of the program.

Provisional applicant: An applicant provisionally admitted to a credit program with the understanding that certain conditions must be satisfied to remain in the program. Provisional applicants must satisfy certain conditions including admission requirements, as outlined, by the date specified in the offer of admission (normally within the first term of enrolment).

Enrolment status

A student is defined as an individual admitted to, and enrolled in, any college program(s) or course(s). Upon enrolment in college credit courses, students are classified as either full-time students or part-time students.

Full-time student: Students enrolled in 60% or more credits of each program’s standard full load by term normally are considered full-time students.

Accessibility advisors may recommend that a student with a disability take a reduced course load, which, for funding purposes and for services offered by the Students' Association, is considered full-time student status.

Part-time student: A part-time student is enrolled in fewer than 60% of the credits of each program’s standard full load by term.

Other enrolment statuses

New student: An individual who is admitted and enrolled in any credit program and has no previous academic record with the college.

International student: A citizen or resident of another country who is permitted to study in Canada.

Ongoing student: A student who has not experienced an enrolment break of greater than one term.

Open Studies student: A student who is admitted and enrolled in Open Studies to take individual credit courses. Open Studies students are not eligible to receive a certificate or diploma.

Returning student: An applicant who previously attended the college but who is no longer active in the program. Returning students must reapply and pay the application fee.

Visiting student: A student who is admitted on the basis of a letter of permission from another institution with the intention of transferring NorQuest College credits back to his or her home institution.

Auditing student: A student who is permitted to audit courses with the permission of the program chair in consultation with the instructor. A change in status from regular to audit is permitted only within the first two meetings of the class.

Confidentiality of personal information

NorQuest College will ensure that a student’s right to privacy is respected and that confidentiality of student information is maintained according to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The college recognizes its obligation to collect and use only personal information from students that is needed for educational and related purposes and to maintain its security. Students have the right to access their own personal information in their records and also the right to request correction of their personal information. See Student records for more information.