This section is intended to provide an overview of policies and procedures as they pertain to Distributed Learning. For more information on College of the North Atlantic’s policies, please visit www.cna.nl.ca or consult the College calendar.
As a learner, you should become familiar with College policies and procedures of Distributed Learning. It is your responsibility.
Cheating, plagiarism, fraud, deceit, or other forms of academic dishonesty constitute improper student conduct. Students who are found to be guilty will be reprimanded and will not receive credit for the work concerned. The reprimand will be given to the student in writing, and a copy placed in the student’s file. Repeat offences will result in suspension.
Exams and Evaluation
Exam Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Important Exam Information
Private Invigilation Policy
Deferred Exam Policy
Qualifying for a Deferred Exam
Applying for a Deferred Exam
Additional Exam Information
Supplementary Exam Policy
Qualifying for a Supplementary Exam
Exam Re-read Policy
Access to Information and
Protection of Personal Privacy Act (ATIPPA)
All college students must adhere to CNA’s policy and procedure on STUDENT ATTENDANCE [SS-217 & SS-217-PR] which can be found on the CNA website http://www.cna.nl.ca
Online students are required to participate actively in each learning experience and to complete each assignment by the due date according to the Course Syllabus. It is the responsibility of all online students to make arrangements for participating in the course consistently throughout the term. Where absenteeism adversely affects student`s progress and performance, dismissal from the College may result. TOP
Please read each policy carefully to ensure you are familiar with examination requirements and to avoid unnecessary problems and delays. If you have any questions, contact Distributed Learning at: Email: email@example.com or by Phone: 1.877.465.2250 menu option 1 or 0. TOP
Student evaluation will be on a continuous basis. The specific evaluation scheme will be presented in each course Learners are responsible for submitting their assignments to instructors within the required deadlines or, for making prior arrangements with the instructors concerned. Graded assignments and quizzes, along with instructor feedback, will be returned electronically within 10 working days (5 days in Intersession). Final grades submitted to the Learner Service office will be rounded in units of five. Final exam marks are not released, only final course grades are reported. TOP
Dates for mid-term, final, deferred, supplementary and challenge examinations will be set in advance (available online: http://dls.cna.nl.ca/calendar_events.shtml. Mid-term evaluation will normally be scheduled during the seventh and eighth weeks of the semester. Some exceptions may apply. Final exams will be scheduled during the last two weeks of the semester. An exam schedule will be posted online at http://dls.cna.nl.ca/exams/exam_schedule.shtml at least two weeks prior to exams in fall and winter semesters and one week during Intersession. You should review the exam schedule to ensure you do not miss an exam or that you have no exam conflicts. All exams are written at 7:00 pm, Newfoundland Standard Time (NST), 6:30 pm in most parts of Labrador. Exams written outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador must be written as close as possible to NST. Special arrangements may be necessary in the case of online exams. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. TOP
If you find you have two exams scheduled for the same time slot, or you have three (or more) exams scheduled within one 24-hour period, email email@example.com to report the conflict. You must provide a copy of your on-campus exam schedule from CNA (or applicable institution) as supporting documentation. The exam will be scheduled during deferred exams and you will be notified via email when the deferred schedule has been posted. You must report this conflict ASAP to avoid rescheduling delays.TOP
Supervised exams will be written at the CNA campus nearest you. At the beginning of each semester, you are responsible for notifying your instructor of your exam location. Exams written in the St. John’s area are written at Prince Philip Drive campus. Room numbers for exams can be obtained by visiting http://dls.cna.nl.ca/exams/exam_rooms.shtml or contacting the exam coordinator at the campus nearest you. A list of contacts can be found at http://dls.cna.nl.ca/exams/exam_coordinators.shtml.
If you live 40+ kilometres (one way) from the nearest campus or you reside outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, you are required to apply for private exam invigilation. Please see our Private Invigilation policy for information on how to arrange private exam supervision. TOP
Students with disabilities who require exam accommodations must identify their needs at the beginning of the semester to the Coordinator of Disability Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 709.891.5612. Accommodations are supports that relate directly to individual student needs.
Accommodations can include, but are not limited to the following.
College of the North Atlantic utilizes software to increase exam security called LockDown. The use of the Lockdown Browser is mandatory for students completing online theory-based exams. For more information visit http://dls.cna.nl.ca/exams/lockdown_browser.shtml
You will be required to provide a valid photo ID (i.e. Driver's license) prior to writing your exam. You will not be permitted to write without photo identification.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all invigilated (supervised) exams are closed book exams. Any use of materials not provided by the examination will be considered improper conduct and subject to college academic discipline policy.
Students are not permitted to have cell phones, blackberries or any other electronic storage or communication devices (including IPods, MP3 players, electronic translation devices, etc.) in exam rooms or laboratories or on their person.
Calculators may be permitted in the exam room at the discretion of the instructor and/or the invigilator. The memories of programmable calculators must be wiped clean before the calculator is permitted in the exam room. The invigilator has the right to inspect any calculator and its memory function before allowing the learner to use the calculator for an exam.
Book bags, knapsacks, purses and other bags must be left in the space directed by the invigilator. TOP
You are required to write your supervised exams at the campus nearest you. However, if you live 40+ Kilometres from the nearest CNA campus, or you reside out of province, you can make arrangements to have your exam(s) privately invigilated.
To request private invigilation:
Your exam invigilator should be a professional person in the community and be computer literate. Ideally, they will be affiliated with an educational institution, i.e., a local school. Private invigilators should be a:
|• post-secondary institution||• business person||• postmaster|
|• school teacher/principal||• clergy person||• librarian|
|• commissioner of oaths||• lawyer/judge||• banker|
To avoid the possibility of conflict of interest, DL will not approve the following private invigilators:
|• friends||• current CNA students|
|• relatives||• co-workers (immediate supervisor is acceptable)|
|• neighbors||• person residing in the same residence|
DL reserves the right to deny invigilators it considers inappropriate
|Note: Learners must submit a request for private invigilation each semester. Arrangements for private invigilation must be made at least three weeks for a 15 week semester, or two weeks for a 7 week Intersession prior to the scheduled exam date. TOP|
If you are unable to write an exam in the scheduled time slot, you may qualify for a deferred exam. The following information provides important details on deferred exam policies and procedures. TOP
Please note that permission to write a deferred exam is a privilege, not a right, granted solely on the basis of extenuating circumstances. A deferred exam can be requested if:
Deferred exam requests will NOT be approved based on the following reasons:
To request permission to write a supplementary exam you must:
The Learner Services office will:
Questions regarding supplementary exams should be directed to the Service Coordinator by calling 1.877.465.2250 menu option 1) or emailing email@example.com.
To qualify for a supplementary exam, you must have attained a failing grade of 5 or 10 marks below the stated pass mark.
For upgrading purposes, in your final semester of studies, you may be given an opportunity to write a supplementary exam for a course in which you have attained a minimum pass mark or five marks above the minimum pass mark.
|Note: Supplementary exams are scheduled to be written within the first two weeks of the following semester. The supplementary exam schedule will be posted on the DL website. Please check it regularly. TOP|