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Academic Regulations

University Policies for All Students

Accommodation Policy for Students

Students may request accommodation as a result of barriers related to disability, religious obligation, or any characteristic protected under Canadian Human Rights legislation. The full text of Dalhousie’s Student Accommodation Policy can be accessed here.

Students who require accommodation for classroom participation or the writing of tests and exams should make their request to the Advising and Access Services Centre (AASC) prior to or at the outset of the regular academic year. More information and the "Request for Accommodation" form are available at www.dal.ca/access.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity, with its embodied values, is seen as a foundation of Dalhousie University. It is the responsibility of all students to be familiar with behaviours and practices associated with academic integrity. Instructors are required to forward any suspected cases of plagiarism or other forms of academic cheating to the Academic Integrity Officer for their Faculty.

The Academic Integrity website provides students and faculty with information on plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, and has resources to help students succeed honestly.  The full text of Dalhousie’s "Policy on Intellectual Honesty" and "Faculty Discipline Procedures" is available here.

Code of Student Conduct

Dalhousie University has a student code of conduct, and it is expected that students will adhere to the code during their participation in lectures and other activities associated with this course. In general:

“The University treats students as adults free to organize their own personal lives, behaviour and associations subject only to the law, and to University regulations that are necessary to protect

  • the integrity and proper functioning of the academic and  non – academic programs and activities of  the University or its faculties, schools or departments;
  • the peaceful and safe enjoyment of University facilities by other members of the University and the public;
  • the freedom of members of the University to participate reasonably in the programs of the University and in activities on the University's premises;
  • the property of the University or its members.”

The full text of the code can be found here.

Services Available to Students

University services are available to help students develop skills in library research, scientific writing, and effective study habits. The services are available to all Dalhousie students and, unless noted otherwise, are free. The full set of services can be found here.

Student Declaration of Absence

Starting in January 2018, if you miss an academic requirement (e.g., an assignment or a test) due to an absence of three consecutive days or less, you no longer need to obtain a medical note to request an extension or alternate coursework. Instead, you can follow these steps:

  1. Before the due date or test, notify your instructor (by phone or e-mail) that you will be absent.
  2. Submit a Student Declaration of Absence form to your instructor (printed and submitted in person; or attached to an e-mail) within three days after you return.
  3. Ask the instructor if an extension or alternate coursework can be arranged.

Full instructions and restrictions are provided on the university's Student Absence page, including a flowchart that illustrates the steps.


  • An absence of four or more consecutive days still requires a medical note.
  • An absence from a final exam or review follows a different procedure.
  • If your absence has interfered with assignments in two or more courses, see the undergraduate or graduate coordinator to help work out a plan..


School of Architecture Regulations

Academic Advising

If you need academic advice on Architecture courses, instructors, regulations, studio arrangements, accommodation, medical extensions, counselling referrals, etc., check with the undergraduate or graduate coordinator. University-level advising is also available from Student Services.

Course Outlines

The outline for each course is distributed at the first class. It is expected to describe the course content, format, sequence of topics/projects, and learning objectives. For assignments, it is expected to indicate the format, topic and requirements; the due dates; the evaluation criteria and their relative importance; and who grades the assignments. If any of these items is missing, please ask the instructor to distribute an amended outline to the class. If applicable, the course outline is also expected to mention any resources that are required (textbooks, readings, materials, equipment, etc.), the proportional weighting of multiple assignments, and how a final exam/review will be conducted (if applicable). A substantial change to a course outline requires the approval of two-thirds of the students registered in the course.

Time Expectation

To maintain an appropriate balance among the various courses in a term, you may use the following guideline: for a three-credit-hour course the average weekly time expectation is nine hours, including class time and assignments. For a course with a different credit weight, the expectation is proportional. Actual time requirements may vary from student to student and from week to week, depending on a student's current ability in a subject and depending on the rhythms of courses during a term. If a course is requiring most students to spend more time than it should, notify the instructor.

Deadlines During a Term

Unless a different policy is stated in a course outline, the penalty for submitting an assignment after a scheduled deadline during the term is a third of a letter grade (e.g., from A to A-) per weekday. Failure to attend a test at the scheduled time results in a grade of F or zero unless the instructor indicates that a student cannot benefit from writing the test later than other students in the course. No penalty is assessed if a student qualifies for an extension due to a documented illness or equivalent.

Deadlines at the End of a Term

In a course that includes a scheduled review after the last day of weekly classes, no assignments are accepted after the review; a late submission receives a grade of F or zero. In all other courses, no assignments are accepted after the last day of weekly classes; a submission after this date receives a grade of F or zero. An instructor cannot extend the deadline beyond these dates - even with the approval of the students in the course - and must assign a student's grade based on the work that has been submitted by the deadline. No penalty is assessed if a student qualifies for an extension due to a documented illness or equivalent.


To request an extended deadline for an assignment due to illness, you must show a doctor's note to the instructor and submit it to the Architecture office. The extension will be equal to the number of days you were unable to work. A non-medical extension requires a similar note verifying the reason for the request. If your absence has interfered with assignments in two or more courses, see the undergraduate or graduate coordinator rather than your individual instructors.

Course Evaluations

Near the end of each term, the university asks students to evaluate every course and instructor. Course evaluations provide detailed feedback to instructors on the course and their teaching, to indicate what worked well and what didn't. The School's director also reviews the architecture evaluations to monitor the curriculum and help plan future courses and staffing. Course evaluations take 10-15 minutes and are an important source of information that is taken seriously. Course evaluation summaries and copies of comment sections are returned to the instructor after the grades have been submitted at the end of the term. To maintain students' anonymity, signatures do not appear on the copies that are forwarded to the instructor. If you sign your comment section it will become part of the university's records, where it will be considered in decisions on faculty tenure and promotion. If you do not sign your comment section it will not be retained by the university.

Design Portfolio

Your design portfolio (which includes your original drawings plus photographs of your models) is an important record of your design work. It enables you to be considered for promotion at the end of Year 3, for a BEDS degree at the end of Year 4, and for MArch admission. Work from your portfolio also may be used to make smaller reproductions for work term brochures and student publications. Make sure that your work is sealed safely in a rigid portfolio that can be stored near your desk or at home. Models should be photographed soon after they are finished, as they tend to self-destruct when stored for any length of time.

Retrieving Course Work

After instructors have evaluated student work, it is normally left in the faculty area. Please retrieve your work promptly. Leftover work is assumed to be abandoned and will be discarded.