Rights and Responsibilities

The University of Ottawa is committed to assisting students achieve their goals in regards to academic success.

To this end, the University has put into place a support network to help throughout a student's studies; however, students must assume certain responsibilities.

Graduated Students must:

  • choose a program of study best suited to their personal goals and plan course selections that will satisfy the requirements of their chosen program;
  • enrol, re-enrol, or withdraw prior to the published closing dates;
  • pay, within the prescribed deadlines, any fees associated with their program of study. The fees accruing from enrolment remain due unless the student withdraws in writing by the deadline;
  • attend classes;
  • understand what constitutes academic fraud and plagiarism;
  • consult academic advisors, whose role is to help students reach their academic goals and to provide guidance in the interpretation of academic regulations and program requirements;
  • be familiar with, and respect important dates, academic regulations, and procedures;
  • be familiar with the regulations of their program and of the applicable regulations of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies;
  • be aware of and meet deadlines for assignments, scholarship applications, and all other important deadlines;
  • maintain clear lines of communication with the administration of the program and keep frequently in touch with the thesis supervisor(s);
  • convey any change of status (e.g. illness, withdrawal, etc) to the proper authority (e.g. chair or program director) as soon as possible;
  • comply with instructions from individuals of the University concerning safety and security in certain classes and laboratories;
  • regularly consult uoZone to confirm enrolment, final grades and grade reports produced at the end of each term;
  • respect the policy on computer and network use;
  • regularly consult their email at the address assigned (@uottawa.ca), which the University will use in all communications with students;
  • consult with Access Services in order to make any necessary accommodations for special needs based on established policies;
  • conduct themselves in a manner that respects the rights of other members of the University community, the regulations and protocol of the University, and the laws of Canada.
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