Course and Department Policies

Course Policies

Missing a Quiz

Missing a quiz will automatically result in a grade of zero for that quiz. A consideration for missed quizzes will only be given in the case of illness or emergency reasons. Such excuses as prior personal travel plans, work related engagements, and extra-curricular commitments are not legitimate reasons.

If you were ill, you must get a UW Verification of Illness Form (the only acceptable document) and with approval you might be given late access to the quiz. The verification of illness form must be obtained the day of the quiz and submitted within 3 days of the quiz date. There is no shifting of the weight since there is no final exam. It is not possible to make arrangements at the end of the term by bringing medical notes to cover missed deadlines. This remedy is a privilege and not a right. No additional assignments or work will be assigned to improve the marks. The quiz schedule has been set and will not be changed. No late access to quizzes will be provided for students who missed more than one quiz. 

Missing a Discussion Posting

Each discussion topic is open for 5 days. It is not possible to make up missed discussion topic postings. No extensions will be given on the deadlines for the postings. In the case of medical emergencies, students will have to provide verification of illness with medical documentation covering the entire week of posting in order to be eligible for the consideration of shifting the weight. Any documentation must be submitted within 3 days of a missed deadline. It is not possible to make arrangements at the end of the term by bringing medical notes to cover missed deadlines. If a student has an ongoing medical issue over the long run, the student should bring official documentation stating their condition at the beginning of the term. No excuses are accepted at the end of the term to cover missed deadlines.  

Late Group Project Submissions

For late submissions, a 5% late penalty per day will apply. No component of the assignment will be accepted after 3 days of the due date. Even if your assignment is only half an hour late, the 5% penalty will apply.

Course Modification Warning

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check his/her UWaterloo email and course website daily during the term and to note any changes.

Department Policies

Mental Health Support

All of us need a support system. The faculty and staff in Arts encourage students to seek out mental health supports if they are needed.

A list of mental health supports can be found online at the Faculty of ARTS website: Get mental health support when you need it.