2019 Student Guide - Everything you need to know about being a student at North Island College

 
2019 Student Guide - Everything you need to know about being a student at North Island College
2019 Student Guide
www.nic.bc.ca

                Everything you need to know
                    about being a student at
                         North Island College
IT’S ALL RIGHT HERE
We know that becoming a student can be
exciting and difficult to navigate all at the
same time. That’s why we created this Student
Guide to make sure you have the answers you
need to feel well-informed and prepared.

Here, you’ll find everything from how to
make course changes and pay for your tuition
to figuring out what you’re allowed to bring
to your exams and how to apply to graduate.

There is a lot you need to know, but don’t panic.

If you ever have questions or prefer guidance
by phone or in person, your student services
team is always available and happy to help.

WELCOME TO NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE

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CONTENTS
Your Guide to                                                                     Exam Schedule...............................................16            Education Council....................................... 23
North Island College................ 2                                            Distance Course Exams...............................16                    Board of Governors.................................... 23
Our Mission.....................................................2                 Arranging an On-Campus Distance Exam..16                                  Parking.......................................................... 23
Our Vision for the Future.............................2                           Arranging an Off-Campus Exam.............16                               Food .............................................................. 23
Our Focus is Your Success............................2                            Scheduled Course Exams...........................16                       Transportation............................................ 23
Student Responsibility.................................2                          Learning Strategies......................................16               Bike Racks..................................................... 23
Confidentiality of your Record...................2                             Academic Awards....................................... 17                    Gender Neutral Washrooms.................... 23
Release of Information Proxy.....................2                                Medal Awards................................................17            Child Care..................................................... 23
                                                                                  President’s Award                                                         Smoking Areas............................................ 23
Schedules & Deadlines -                                                           for Academic Excellence.............................17                    Cannabis Use............................................... 23
Key Dates.................................... 3                                   Dean’s Honour Roll.......................................17               Housing......................................................... 23
Programs with Varying Start Dates and                                             President’s Community
Distance Courses ..........................................3                      Engagement Award.....................................17                   College Policies
Programs and Courses with Term-based                                           Graduation................................................... 17             & Guidelines............................. 24
Start Dates......................................................5                1. Register........................................................17     Guidelines and Student Conduct........... 24
Contact Us.................................. 9                                    2. Attend the Ceremony.............................17                        1-01 Freedom of Information/Protection
                                                                                  3. Get your Credentials...............................17                     of Privacy Act (FIPPA) ..................................24
MyNIC....................................... 10                                Online forms................................................ 17                 2-08 Human Rights......................................24
Computers for Student Use..................... 10                                                                                                              3-06 Community Code of Conduct.........25
myNIC............................................................ 10           Student Services..................... 18                                        3-08 President’s Award...............................25
   Log In.................................................................10   Advisors........................................................ 18             3-17 Instructional Accommodation
   Forgot your user ID . ....................................10                   Appointment booking.................................18                       and Access Services for Students with
   Forgot or Reset your Password.................10                            Counselling.................................................. 18                Disabilities.......................................................25
Using myNIC................................................ 11                    Services.............................................................18      3-19 Attendance and Performance
   myNIC web parts .........................................11                    Limits of Confide tiality.............................18                     in Courses and Programs ..........................25
   Student email................................................11                Spiritual and Religious Diversity..............18                            3-21 Dean’s Honour Roll . ..........................25
BlackBoard Learn ....................................... 11                       Aboriginal Student Services................ 18                               3-30 Student Appeals . ...............................25
  Having problems logging on? ........... 11                                      Elders in Residence................................ 19                       3-31 Student Complaint Resolution..........25
Student Technical Services ...................... 11                              Aboriginal Student Lounges................ 19                                3-33 Evaluation of Student Performance...25
Student Planning........................................ 11                       Support Services for Students with                                           3-34 Sexual Violence and Misconduct.....25
Your NIC App ............................................... 11                   Disabilities............................................... 19               3-35 Course Outline.....................................26
                                                                                  Invigilation Services.............................. 19                       3-36 President’s Community
Registration to Graduation... 12                                               Student Employment Services................ 19                                  Engagement Award ....................................26
Registration.................................................. 12              Co-operative Education............................ 19                           4-04 Tuition, Fees And Refunds . .............26
   Registration Period.......................................12                Internships................................................... 19               4-06 Student Audit.......................................26
   1. Understand Course Codes                                                  Financial Aid ............................................... 19                4-09 Registration...........................................26
      and Delivery Methods..........................12                            Student Loans and Grants ........................19                          4-16 Mature Student Status.....................26
   2. Choose Your Courses ..............................13                        Sponsorships..................................................20             4-17 Admission ............................................26
   3. Timetable Your Courses . .......................13                       Financial Awards ....................................... 20                  Health and Safety....................................... 27
   4. Register in Your Courses . ......................13                         Scholarships and Bursaries........................20                         First Aid and Safety......................................27
   5. Protect your GPA . ....................................13                Library & Learning Commons (LLC)........ 20                                     Liability Waivers............................................27
Residency Requirement............................ 14                              Research...........................................................20        Field Trips.........................................................27
Transfer Credits........................................... 14                    Math Support.................................................20              WorksafeBC Coverage.................................27
   Recognition for Prior Learning (PLA).......14                                  Student Technical Services........................20                         Emergencies...................................................27
Tuition and Fees.......................................... 14                     Peer Tutoring..................................................20            First Aid............................................................27
   Making a Payment........................................14                     Writing Support............................................20                Human Rights................................................27
   Understanding Your Fees...........................14                           Printing and Photocopying........................21                          Diversity...........................................................27
Tax Receipts (T2202A)............................... 15                        Online Resources........................................ 21                     Policies and Procedures..............................27
Student Identification Cards................... 15                                                                                                             Safe Harbour .................................................27
Textbooks..................................................... 15              Office of Glo                    l Engagement.. 21                              Scent Free Policy............................................27
Campus Stores...............................................15                    Internationalization at Home................ 21                           Emergencies and Closures....................... 28
Orientation.................................................. 15                  Study Abroad..................................................21             Emergencies...................................................28
International Student Orientation........ 15                                      Services for International Students........21                                Closures............................................................28
Student Records.......................................... 15
                                                                               Student Life............................. 22                                   NOTE: This Student Guide is published
   Grade Point Average (GPA).........................16
                                                                               Student Ambassadors............................... 22                          before the beginning of the academic year,
   My Progress.....................................................16
                                                                               Students’ Union.......................................... 22                   and while every attempt has been made to
Transcripts.................................................... 16                                                                                            ensure the accuracy of its content, it may
                                                                               Student Leadership ................................... 22
Exams............................................................ 16                                                                                          be amended from time to time. Check our
                                                                               OGE Peer Mentors...................................... 22
                                                                                                                                                              website for up-to-date information.

                                                                                                        Questions? Email questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914 today.                                                           1
YOUR GUIDE TO NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE

Welcome. We’re glad you’ve chosen to study with us. At NIC, you’ll have the best
possible instruction and learning environment as well as the opportunity to join a
supportive community focused on your success. This Student Guide was created to
assist you in navigating your journey as a North Island College student.

OUR MISSION                                                               STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
North Island College is committed to meeting the education and            It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of College policies
training needs of adults within its service region by: providing high     regarding your conduct, attendance, performance, registration and
quality, affordable higher education and skills training, collaborating   any other related policies.
with our partners to create pathways to learning, and empowering
individuals to achieve their full potential.                              CONFIDENTIALITY OF YOUR RECORD
                                                                          Only you can add/drop courses, pay fees, or inquire about your
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE                                                 student record. That means your parents, spouse, or friend cannot
North Island College holds a vision of being a premier community          conduct business for you without official onsent.
and destination college, in a spectacular west-coast environment,
that inspires and prepares students for success in a rapidly              RELEASE OF INFORMATION PROXY
changing world.                                                           You can give another person access to your account by submitting
                                                                          a Proxy/Release of Information form which is available online or at
OUR FOCUS IS YOUR SUCCESS                                                 your local campus.
Student Services provides a wide range of services and resources
to help you reach your goals. Throughout your time at North Island
College, you’ll find e’re here to help not just with admission,
registration, and advising, but with everything from random
information and directions to firs aid and security.

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SCHEDULES & DEADLINES – KEY DATES

Do you know when you need to pay your tuition or when your reading break is? Not all
NIC programs follow the same schedule. Keep track of your program’s registration, fee
payment and withdrawal deadlines, fall and winter breaks, exam schedule, and more.

PROGRAMS WITH VARYING START DATES                                        Early Childhood Care & Education
AND DISTANCE COURSES                                                     Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate:
North Island College offers a wide range of programs with varying           •   Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of
schedules and deadlines. Please ensure that you are following the               the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
timelines associated with your program. For more information or             •   Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date
guidance, please contact Student Services.                                      of the program.
Applied Business Technology                                                 •   Fall reading break is Thursday, November 7
                                                                                to Friday, November 8, 2019.
Office Assistant I certificate, Administrative Assistant certificate,       •   Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020
Computing Accounting Assistant certificate, Office Management                   inclusive. Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
certificate:
                                                                            •   Spring reading break TBA.
  •   Students registering from May to September for the Fall,              •   All stat holidays apply.
      Winter, Spring and Summer terms must pay full fees by
                                                                         Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma:
      4:00 pm by the due date of each term (see below).
  •   Students registering during the terms must pay full fees at           •   Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of
      the time of registration.                                                 the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  •   Last day to drop for refund is within 10% of the course. Last         •   Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date
      day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 25% of                 of the program.
      the course.                                                           •   Fall reading break is Thursday, November 7
  •   Term start dates:                                                         to Friday, November 8, 2019.
      2019FA – Tuesday, September 3rd                                       •   Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020
      2020WI – Monday, January 6th
                                                                                inclusive.
      2020SP – Monday, May 4th
      2020SU – Monday, July 6th                                             •   Winter term starts January 6, 2020.
                                                                            •   All stat holidays apply.

                                                                 Questions? Email questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914 today.      3
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Health & Human Services                                                     Trades & Technology
Health Care Assistant Certificate:                                          Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S), Aquaculture Technician
                                                                            Certificate, Aquaculture Technician Diploma, Automotive Service
    •   Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the
                                                                            Technician Foundation Harmonized, Carpentry Foundation
        program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
                                                                            Harmonized, Culinary Business Operations Diploma,
    •   Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of       Culinary Business Operations Advanced Diploma, Electrician
        the program.                                                        Foundation Harmonized, Heavy Mechanical Foundation,
    •   Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020                Joinery/Cabinetmaking Foundation, Metal Fabrication Foundation,
        inclusive.                                                          Plumbing & Piping Foundation, Professional Cook 1, 2, 3,
    •   Winter classes start January 6, 2020.                               Welding Foundation Harmonized:
    •   All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.                           •   Typically full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the
                                                                                  program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
Practical Nursing Diploma
                                                                              •   Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the
    •   Full fees for the firs term are due 3 weeks prior to start of the         start date of program.
        program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
                                                                              •   Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020
    •   Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of             inclusive.
        the term.
                                                                              •   Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
    •   Winter break December 25, 2019 – January 1, 2020 inclusive.
                                                                              •   All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.
    •   Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
                                                                            Apprenticeship Technical Training
Animal Care Aide Certific te &
                                                                            Carpenter Apprenticeship Harmonized, Electrician Apprenticeship,
Hospital Unit Clerk Certific te                                             Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship, Plumbing Apprenticeship,
    •   Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates      Welding Apprenticeship Harmonized :
        are provided in your admission letter.
                                                                              •   Full fees are due 60 days prior to the start day of your course.
    •   Last day to drop for refund is 14 days prior to the start date of
        the program.                                                          •   Last day to drop for refund is 28 days prior to start of course.
                                                                              •   Schedule of training dates can be found at
Activity Assistant Certific te:                                                   www.tradestrainingbc.ca
    •   Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates
        are provided in your admission letter.
                                                                            University Studies
                                                                            Electronics Technician Core, Industrial Automation Technician
    •   Last day to drop for refund is 14 days prior to the start date of
        the program.                                                          •   Typically full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the
    •   Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within                   program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
        60% of the program.                                                   •   Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start
                                                                                  date of program.
Tourism & Hospitality                                                         •   Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Hospitality Distance Learning:                                                    is within 60% of the program.
    •   Full fees are due at the time of registration.                        •   Winter break is December 25, 2019 to
    •   Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from course start date.            January 1, 2020 inclusive.
                                                                              •   Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
                                                                              •   All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

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University Studies Distance                                               PROGRAMS AND COURSES
North Island College offers three types of distance courses for           WITH TERM-BASED START DATES
which different deadlines apply. Distance courses may be offered
                                                                          The following North Island College programs and courses are
fully online or paper-based or a combination of the two.
                                                                          guided by the term-based schedule and deadlines listed in the
Flexible distance courses:                                                calendar of dates in this section of the guide:
(Identified with an ‘F’ as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVF1)   Upgrading & Special Programs
   • Last day to register is the Friday of the 6th week for both the
                                                                          Adult Basic Education courses, Academic English Language Program.
      fall and winter terms.
                                                                          Business
   • Last day for tuition refunds or to change status (credit/ audit)
      is 30 calendar days after the student start date.                   Business Administration certific te, diploma, degrees and post
                                                                          degree diploma.
   • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is 60% from
      student start date.                                                 Fine Arts & Design
   • Last day to submit all course requirements is the second Friday of   Fine Arts diploma, Interactive Media programs (Web Design diploma,
      February (fall term) and the second Friday of June (winter term).   Web & Mobile Application diploma, Communication Design diploma,
   • Exams are scheduled on an individual student basis.                  Advanced Communication Design diploma), Mobile Application
                                                                          Development diploma, Metal Jewellery Design certific te.
Lock-step distance courses:                                               Tourism & Hospitality
(Identified with an “L” as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVL1)
   • Term-based schedule and deadlines apply.                             Tourism & Hospitality Management certific te and diploma,
                                                                          Global Tourism & Hospitality Management advanced certific te
Continuous entry/exit distance courses:                                   and advanced diploma.
(Identified with a ‘W’ as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVW1)    Health & Community Care
   • Last day for tuition refunds is 10 days from student start date.
                                                                          Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Human Services programs
   • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is 60% from            (Education Assistant/Community Support certific tes, Human
      student start date.                                                 Services diploma, Social Service diploma).
Distance                                                                  University Studies & transfer
(Identified with a ‘D’ as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVD1)    Associate of Arts and Science degrees, Criminology diploma,
   • A distance course that does not follow term based timelines.         University Studies courses.
      Add/drop and withdrawal dates may vary depending on
      program area.

Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty
Programs that are longer than 13 weeks in length with varying start
and end dates will have within 60% of the program to withdraw
without academic penalty.

                                                                  Questions? Email questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914 today.       5
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WINTER TERM 2019

    JANUARY 2019                                         FEBRUARY 2019                                   MARCH 2019                                   APRIL 2019
      S      M      T W T               F      S          S       M      T     W     T F S                S       M     T     W      T F S             S       M     T     W      T F S
      30     31     1 2 3               4      5          27      28     29    30    31 1 2               24      25    26    27     28 1 2            31       1     2     3      4 5 6
       6      7     8 9 10              11     12          3       4      5     6     7 8 9                3       4     5     6      7 8 9             7       8     9    10     11 12 13
      13     14     15 16 17            18     19         10      11     12    13    14 15 16             10      11    12    13     14 15 16          14      15    16    17     18 19 20
      20     21     22 23 24            25     26         17      18     19    20    21 22 23             17      18    19    20     21 22 23          21      22    23    24     25 26 27
      27     28     29 30 31             1      2         24      25     26    27    28 1 2               24      25    26    27     28 29 30          28      29    30    1      2 3 4
                                                                                                          31      1     2     3      4 5 6
    Jan 2     First Day of Winter Term. No Classes.      Feb 8         Last day to register for                                                       Apr 1         Timetable Posted for Fall and
              All fees must be paid in full and all                    flexible distance courses.        Mar 18-22 Reading Break - Early                            Winter Terms
              prerequisites met by 4 pm.                 Feb 18        Family Day, College closed.                 Childhood Care & Education         Apr 4-10      Last week of classes.
              International Student Orientation.                                                                   certificate and diploma
                                                         Feb 19-22 Reading Break for ABE, BSAM,                                                       Apr 13-26 Winter final exams.
    Jan 3     First Day of Classes for Winter Term.                Interactive Media, Fine Arts,                                                      Apr 19        Good Friday,
    Jan 8     Last day for waitlisted students to                  Human Services, Bachelor of                                                                      College Closed
              claim seats; remaining waitlists will be             Science in Nursing, University
              cleared at 4 pm.                                     Studies, AELP                                                                      Apr 22        Easter Monday,
                                                                                                                                                                    College Closed.
    Jan 11 Last day to register, apply for refund,       Feb 19        Winter Exam Schedule Posted.
           change from credit to audit.                                Last day to register for ABE at
                                                                       the Port Alberni and Mount
                                                                       Waddington campuses.
                                                         Feb 27        Last day to withdraw without
                                                                       academic penalty.

SPRING TERM 2019                                                                                         SUMMER TERM 2019

    MAY 2019                                             JUNE 2019                                       JULY 2019                                    AUGUST 2019
     S       M     T      W      T      F      S          S  M           T     W     T     F S            S       M      T     W     T F S             S       M    T     W     T     F     S
     28      29    30     1      2      3      4          26 27          28    29    30    31 1           30       1      2     3     4 5 6            28      29   30    31     1     2     3
     5       6     7      8      9      10     11          2  3           4     5     6     7 8            7       8      9    10    11 12 13           4       5    6     7     8     9    10
     12      13    14     15     16     17     18          9 10          11    12    13    14 15          14      15     16    17    18 19 20          11      12   13    14    15    16    17
     19      20    21     22     23     24     25         16 17          18    19    20    21 22          21      22     23    24    25 26 27          18      19   20    21    22    23    24
     26      27    28     29     30     31     1          23 24          25    26    27    28 29          28      29     30    31     1 2 4            25      26   27    28    29    30    31
                                                          30 1            2     3     4     5 6
    May 1     First day of classes: 7-week spring term                                                   Jul 1         Canada Day, College closed.    Aug 2         Last day to withdraw without
              and 14-week spring/summer term.            Jun 7          Last Day to Withdraw Without                                                                academic penalty:
              All fees must be paid in full and all                                                      Jul 2         Summer term begins.
                                                                        Academic Penalty:                              Classes begin. All fees must                 7-week Summer intersession
              prerequisites met by 4 pm.
                                                                        7-week Spring intersession                     be paid in full and all        Aug 5         BC Day, College closed.
    May 6     Last day for waitlisted students in
              7-week Spring term courses to claim        Jun 10         Exam Schedule posted:                          prerequisites met by 4 pm.
                                                                                                                                                      Aug 6-16 Final exams:
              seats. Remaining waitlists cleared                        14-week Spring/Summer term       Jul 4         Last day for waitlisted                 14-week Spring/Summer term
              at 4 pm.                                                                                                 students to claim seats;
                                                         Jun 10-14 Last Week of Classes:                                                              Aug 12-16 Last week of classes:
    May 7     Last Day to Register, Apply for Refund,                                                                  remaining waitlists will be
              Change From Credit to Audit in 7-week                7-week Spring intersession.                                                                  7-week Summer intersession
                                                                                                                       cleared at 4 pm.
              Spring term courses.                       Jun 21         Last date to withdraw without                                                 Aug 13        Last day to pay all fees for Fall
    May 7     Last day for waitlisted students to                       academic penalty.                Jul 8         Last day to register, apply
                                                                                                                                                                    Limited Entry Programs.
              claim seats for 14-week Spring/                           14-week Spring/Summer                          for refund, change from
              Summer term. Remaining waitlists                          term                                           credit to audit.               Aug 17-23 Final exams:
              will be cleared at 4 pm.                                                                                                                          7-week Summer intersession.
                                                         Jun 15-21 Final exams:                          Jul 15        Exam Schedule Posted:
    May 10    Last day to register, apply for refund                                                                                                  Aug 26-30 International student
              or change from credit to audit:                      7-week Spring intersession.                         7-week Summer intersession
                                                                                                                                                                orientation
              14-week Spring/Summer term                 Jun 27-28 Reading Break: 14-week                Jul 29-Aug 2 Last week of classes: 14-week
    May 13    Continuing Student Registration Begins               Spring/Summer term                                 Spring/Summer term
              for Fall and Winter Terms.                           (no classes).
    May 15    Exam schedule posted:
              7-week Spring intersession.
    May 20    Victoria Day, College closed .
    May 27    New student registration begins
              for Fall and Winter terms.

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FALL TERM 2019

 SEPTEMBER 2019                                     OCTOBER 2019                                 NOVEMBER 2019                      DECEMBER 2019
  S      M      T     W      T      F      S         S       M      T     W     T F S              S    M     T    W     T F S       S       M      T     W     T F S
  1      2      3     4      5      6      1         29      30      1     2     3 4 5             27   28    29   30    31 1 2       1       2      3     4     5 6 1
   8      9     10    11     12     13     8          6       7      8     9    10 11 12            3    4     5    6     7 8 9       8       9     10    11    12 13 8
  15     16     17    18     19     20     15        13      14     15    16    17 18 19           10   11    12   13    14 15 16    15      16     17    18    19 20 15
  22     23     24    25     26     27     22        20      21     22    23    24 25 26           17   18    19   20    21 22 23    22      23     24    25    26 27 22
  29     30      1     2      3      4      5        27      28     29    30    31 1 2             24   25    26   27    28 29 30    29      30     31    1     2 3 4

 Sep 2 Labour Day , college closed.                 Oct 11 Last day to register for              Nov 7-8 Fall Reading Break         Dec 2-6 Last week of classes.
                                                           flexible distance courses.
 Sep 3 Orientation Day - no regular scheduled                                                    Nov 11 Remembrance Day –           Dec 9-21        Final exams.
       classes. First day of Fall term. All fees    Oct 14 Thanksgiving Day,                            college closed.
                                                                                                                                    Dec 25/19-Jan 1/20
       must be paid in full and all prerequisites          college closed.
       met by 4 pm.                                                                                                                         Winter break – College closed.
                                                    Oct 15 Fall exam schedule posted.
 Sep 4 Fall classes begin.
                                                    Oct 25 Last day to withdraw
 Sep 9 Last day for waitlisted students to                 without academic penalty.
       claim seats; remaining waitlists will be
       cleared at 4 pm.
 Sep 12 Last day to register, apply for refund,
        change from credit to audit.
 Sep 30 Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and
        Dental Benefits.

WINTER TERM 2020

 JANUARY 2020                                       FEBRUARY 2020                                MARCH 2020                         APRIL 2020
  S      M      T     W      T      F     S          S       M      T     W     T     F S          S    M     T    W     T F S       S        M     T     W     T F S
  29     30     31    1      2      3     4          26      27     28    29    30    31 1          1    2     3    4     5 6 1      29       30    31     1     2 3 4
   5      6      7    8      9      10    11          2       3      4     5     6     7 8          8    9    10   11    12 13 8      5        6     7     8     9 10 11
  12     13     14    15     16     17    18          9      10     11    12    13    14 15        15   16    17   18    19 20 15    12       13    14    15    16 17 18
  19     20     21    22     23     24    25         16      17     18    19    20    21 22        22   23    24   25    26 27 22    19       20    21    22    23 24 25
  26     27     28    29     30     31     1         23      24     25    26    27    28 29        29   30    31   1     2 3 4       26       27    28    29    30 1 2
 Jan 2-3 Orientation for                            Feb 14        Last day to register for                                          Apr 6          Timetable posted for the
         International students.                                  flexible distance courses.                                                       fall/winter terms.
 Jan 6   First Day of Winter term. Winter classes   Feb 14        Last day to register in ABE                                       Apr 6-9        Last week of classes:
         begin. All fees must be paid in full and                 continuous entry/exit (Port                                                      winter term.
         all prerequisites met by 4 pm                            Alberni and Mount Waddington                                      Apr 10         Good Friday,
 Jan 13 Last day for waitlisted students to                       campuses only)                                                                   College Closed.
        claim seats; remaining waitlists will be    Feb 17        Family Day, College closed.                                       Apr 13         Easter Monday,
        cleared at 4 pm                             Feb 18-21 Reading break - no classes                                                           College Closed.
 Jan 15 Last day to register, apply for refund,     Feb 18        Winter exam schedule posted                                       Apr 14-27 Winter final exams.
        change from credit to audit.
                                                    Feb 28        Last day to withdraw without
 Jan 31 Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and                    academic penalty.
        Dental Benefits.

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    SPRING TERM 2020                                                                                   SUMMER TERM 2020

    MAY 2020                                              JUNE 2020                                    JULY 2020                                     AUGUST 2020
     S       M      T     W      T      F       S          S       M     T    W     T F S               S      M     T    W      T      F S           S      M    T    W     T     F       S
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                                                                                                       Jul 1   Canada Day, College closed.           Aug 3-7      Last week of classes:
    May 4     First day of 7-week Spring term                                                          Jul 2-3 Reading Break:                                     14-week Spring
                                                          Jun 15-19 Last week of classes:
              and 14-week Spring intersession.                                                                 14-week Spring intersession .                      intersession
                                                                    7-week Spring term.
              All fees must be paid in full and all                                                                                                  Aug 3        BC Day, College closed.
              prerequisites met by 4 pm.                  Jun 15        14-week Spring intersession    Jul 6   First day of Summer term.
                                                                        exam schedule posted.                  All fees must be paid in full and     Aug 10-22 Final exams:
    May 6     Last day for waitlisted students to claim                                                        all prerequisites met by 4 pm.                  14-week Spring
              seats: 7-week Spring term. Remaining        Jun 22-27 Final exams:
                                                                                                       Jul 8   Last day for waitlisted students to             intersession.
              waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm.                    7-week Spring Term.
                                                                                                               claim seats: 7-week Summer term.      Aug 11       Last day to pay fees
    May 8     Last day to register, apply for refund,     Jun 26        Last day to withdraw without
                                                                                                               Remaining waitlists will be cleared                for Fall Limited Entry
              change from credit to audit:                              academic penalty:
                                                                                                               at 4 pm.                                           Programs.
              7-week Spring term.                                       14-week Spring intersession
                                                                                                       Jul 10 Last day to register, apply            Aug 17-21 Last week of classes:
    May 11 Continuing student registration begins                                                             for refund, change from                          7-week Summer term.
           for Fall and Winter terms.                                                                         credit to audit:
                                                                                                                                                     Aug 24-29 Final exams:
    May 11 Last day for waitlisted students                                                                   7-week Summer Term.
                                                                                                                                                               7-week Summer term
           to claim seats: 14-week Spring                                                              Jul 20 Summer exam schedule posted.
           intersession. Remaining waitlists
           will be cleared at 4 pm.                                                                    Jul 31 Last day to withdraw without
                                                                                                              academic penalty:
    May 13 Last day to register, apply for refund                                                             7-week Summer term.
           or change from credit to audit:
           14-week Spring intersession
    May 18 Victoria Day, College closed.
    May 19 Spring exam schedule posted.
    May 25 New student registration begins
           for Fall and Winter terms.
    May 29        Last day to withdraw
                  without academic penalty:
                  14-week Spring intersession

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CONTACT US
All Communities                                                                                                Port Alberni
  Information/Registration (toll-free in BC)........1-800-715-0914                                             Port Alberni Campus
  North Island College Online......................................www.nic.bc.ca                               3699 Roger Street, Port Alberni BC V9Y 8E3
  NIC Employee                                                                                                   Student Services/Registration..................................250-724-8711
  Directory...............www.nic.bc.ca/about-us/contact-us/directory                                            Fax......................................................................................250-724-8700
  Inquiries............................................................... questions@nic.bc.ca                   Educational Advisors (Education & Financial Aid)....250-724-8711
  Office of Global Engageme t............................... study@nic.bc.ca                                     Counsellors.....................................................................250-724-8711
  ............................................................................................250-334-5033       Aboriginal Education Advisor...................................250-724-8711
  Peer Tutoring.........................................................tutoring@nic.bc.ca                       Campus Store................................................................ 250-724-8720
                                                                                                                 Library & Learning Commons...................................250-724-8733
Campbell River
                                                                                                                 Facilities...........................................................................250-724-8711
Campbell River Campus
                                                                                                               Tebo Vocational Centre
1685 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River BC V9W 8C1
                                                                                                               4781 Tebo Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 6X7
  Student Services/Registration..................................250-923-9700
                                                                                                                 Tel ......................................................................................250-724-8738
  Fax......................................................................................250-923-9703
                                                                                                                 Fax . ...................................................................................250-723-4573
  Educational Advisors (Education & Financial Aid)...250-923-9700
  Counsellors.....................................................................250-923-9700
                                                                                                               Port Hardy
  Aboriginal Education Advisor...................................250-923-9700
                                                                                                               Mount Waddington Regional Campus
  Employment Service Advisor....................................250-923-9739
                                                                                                               PO Box 901, 140 - 8950 Granville Street, Port Hardy BC V0N 2P0
  Campus Store.................................................................250-923-9705
                                                                                                                 Student Services/Registration . ...............................250-949-7912
  Library & Learning Commons...................................250-923-9785
                                                                                                                 Fax . ...................................................................................250-949-2617
  Facilities...........................................................................250-923-9700
                                                                                                                 Educational Advisors (Education & Financial Aid)....250-949-7912
  Forest Circle Childcare.................................................250-923-4440
                                                                                                                 Facilities...........................................................................250-949-7912
Vigar Vocational Centre
2780 Vigar Road, Campbell River, BC V9W 6A3                                                                    Ucluelet
  Tel ......................................................................................250-923-9794
                                                                                                               Ucluelet Centre
  Fax......................................................................................250-830-0816
                                                                                                               PO Box 198, 10 – 1636 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0
Comox Valley                                                                                                     Information/Registration...........................................250-726-2697
Comox Valley Campus                                                                                              Fax......................................................................................250-726-2698
2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay BC V9N 8N6
  Inquiries toll-free in BC...........................................1-800-715-0914
  Student Services/Registration..................................250-334-5000
  Fax . ...................................................................................250-334-5018
  Educational Advisors (Education & Financial Aid)...250-334-5000
  Counsellors.....................................................................250-334-5000
  Aboriginal Education Advisor...................................250-334-5000
  Employment Service Advisor....................................250-334-5076
  Campus Store.................................................................250-334-5013
  Library & Learning Commons...................................250-334-5037
  Facilities...........................................................................250-334-5000
  Comox Valley Aquatic Centre....................................250-334-2527
  Beaufort Children’s Centre........................................250-897-1223

                                                               Looking for a specific No th Island College employee or department?
                                                                           www.nic.bc.ca/about-us/contact-us/directory

                                                                                       Enquiries toll-free in BC: 1-800-715-0914

                                                                                                      Questions? Email questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914 today.                                                  9
myNIC

North Island College uses a number of technologies to serve the educational needs
of our students. For most of our courses and programs, you will need to have access
to a computer connected to the internet and be able to operate a variety of software
applications. If you do not have access to the necessary technology, you may
access computers at campus locations such as the Library & Learning Commons
and Computer Labs. If you are a distance student or are unable to attend one of our
facilities, you will be expected to provide your own computer and internet connection.

COMPUTERS FOR STUDENT USE                                              Log In
North Island College students are provided with access to              Access myNIC Login online at
computers which can be found in the Library & Learning Commons         www.nic.bc.ca/life-at-nic/mynic/ or
and Computer Labs. Students should inquire at their local campus       click myNIC link located in the upper
for availability and scheduling details.                               right hand corner on the North Island
                                                                       College website www.nic.bc.ca.
Wireless internet is widely available for student use at all North
Island College campuses. To log-on, users will be required to use      Type in your user ID and password.
their NIC username and password to access wireless at NIC. Users       Your user ID and password were sent
should only have to log-on once and then connect automatically         to you at the time of your application.
afterwards. If you experience issues, please contact Student
Technical Support.                                                     Forgot your user ID
                                                                       Your user ID is your student number
myNIC                                                                  preceded by a small letter ‘n’. eg:
                                                                       n0123456
myNIC is your account at North Island College. You can manage
your classes, print your schedule, pay for your courses, and check     Forgot or Reset your Password
your grades online and more. Through myNIC you have access to
                                                                       From the log in page, click on ‘Forgot your password’. A new
self-service student email, personal digital storage, BlackBoard
                                                                       temporary password will be emailed to your personal email
Learn , team sites, and Learning Communities for staying
                                                                       address. Be sure to click on ‘I want to change my password after
connected. A calendar is also included to help you organize your
                                                                       logging on’ to create your own personal password.
time and announcements for staying up to date on important
information.

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myNIC

Using myNIC                                                                BLACKBOARD LEARN
myNIC is made up of the following web parts:                               is an online educational tool designed to
                                                                           enhance student-instructor and student-student
Student email: Located in the upper right hand corner of your
                                                                           communication by providing a centralized area to
myNIC homepage is your student email account. Communication
                                                                           access classes and class information. It enables instructors to put
from NIC will be sent to your student email account. myNIC FAQ
                                                                           up course materials, tests, web links, discussion forums, blogs, wikis
are available to help you to activate your email account after your
                                                                           and announcements on the Internet for easy access by students.
initial log in if you have not already done so. FAQ also includes
                                                                           Blackboard Learn is accessible via your web browser or available as
instructions to forward your NIC email to your personal email
                                                                           an app for your Android or Apple mobile device.
address should you wish to do so.
                                                                           If your instructor uses BlackBoard Learn, you will see it and the
Please check your email frequently for important information from          courses you are enrolled in on your myNIC site.
North Island College staff and faculty.
Self Service: Here you can register for courses, make payments,            Having problems logging on?
view grades, order transcripts, evaluate your program and more.              •   Ensure your Java is updated.
Click on the drop down arrows to expand and view the multiple                    You can do this by going to www.java.com/en
self-serve options.
                                                                             •   Adobe Reader will need to be updated as well.
My Week/My To Do: The My Week and My To Do web parts
                                                                                 You can do this by going to http://get.adobe.com/reader
summarize information from your student mailbox and personal
calendar entries as well as the meeting times for courses you are
enrolled in.                                                               STUDENT TECHNICAL SERVICES
Announcements/News/Events                                                  If you are still experiencing technical problems logging on,
  • Announcements - NIC will post announcements here.                      you can contact tech services three easy ways:
     Check often for important information.                                  1. At the Student Technical Services website:
  •   News - Links to all the NIC news. Keep up with us and what is             libguides.nic.bc.ca/studenttech (preferred)
      happening around campus.                                               2. In-Person at the Student Technical Services desk located
  •   Events - Links to the NIC calendar of events.                             in the Comox Valley Library & Learning Commons (during
                                                                                available hours)
myNIC FAQ’s: Find answers to some of the most frequently asked
                                                                             3. By calling 250-334-5010
questions. If you’re having difficulty using yNIC,
browse through this information, and you may find the
answer you need.                                                           STUDENT PLANNING
My Bookmarks: Provides links to the following resources:                   Student Planning can be accessed from Self-Service. Student
 • Election Rules and Regulations                                          planning allows you to plan all course requirements for your
                                                                           program before registration opens. Plan for the year or plan for your
  •   Exam Schedule
                                                                           full diploma or degree. By checking your course prerequisites, you
  •   Key Dates                                                            can plan all your courses into the correct terms. Once registration
  •   Library & Learning Commons                                           opens just choose your section and with one click of a button you’re
  •   NIC Advising Syllabus                                                registered in all your courses for that academic year. You can add,
                                                                           drop or make changes as required.
  •   NIC Employee Directory
                                                                           Student Planning also allows you to view your academic progress.
  •   NIC Forms
                                                                           Click on ‘Go to My Progress’ to see how far along you are, what
  •   Student Employment Services                                          courses are missing.
  •   Student Guide
                                                                           Educational Advisors are here to help you plan.
  •   Student Policies                                                     www.nic.bc.ca/student-services/advising
  •   Student Technical Services
You can also save your own links in this list under My Links.              YOUR NIC APP
OneDrive: Access your personal files online whe ever you have online       The NIC app allows you to access many of the services supported by
access.                                                                    myNIC from your mobile device. Log in with your myNIC user name
My Team Sites: Here are program areas, interest groups and                 and password. Use the app to register for courses, view tuition
other community groups that may have “Learning Communities”.               balances and make payments. Access Blackboard Learn, your
These Learning Communities are areas where group members can               timetable and assignment deadlines and academic schedules and
collaborate online for discussions, document sharing, etc.                 deadlines. You can also view your grades, read the latest NIC news
                                                                           and access campus maps and the NIC directory.

                                                                Questions? Email questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914 today.             11
REGISTRATION TO GRADUATION

This section will guide you through from registration to graduation and
everything in between.
REGISTRATION                                                          For example:

Once you have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit                  BIO 160L CVS1N
(not required for Apprenticeships or ABE), you can register in your
classes.                                                                •   BIO – the subject is Biology
If you are in one of the following programs, you must firs see an       •   160 – a one-hundred level/firs -year course
educational advisor before registering in classes:                          L – indicates the course is a lab
                                                                        •   CV – location (in this case, the Comox Valley)
  •   Applied Business Technology programs
                                                                        •   S – the delivery method
  •   Adult Basic Education                                                 (in this case, a scheduled class)
Registration Period                                                     •   1 – the number of the section offered
                                                                            (in this case, the first
Registration begins in May for the academic year that begins in
September and ends on the last day of the add-drop period for each      •   N – if there is a fi th digit, it is a reserved section
term. View Key Dates on myNIC for your program’s registration               (in this case, reserved for nursing students). Examples of
period.                                                                     other codes: B=Business, C=Communication, F=Fine Arts,
                                                                            I=Web Development, T=Tourism, U=Human Services
1. Understand course codes
   and delivery methods
                                                                      Locations
Course codes are composed of three parts: the subject, the level
and the section.                                                        •   CV – Comox Valley
                                                                        •   CR – Campbell River
                                                                        •   PA – Port Alberni
                                                                        •   PH – Mount Waddington (Port Hardy)
                                                                        •   UC – Ucluelet

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Delivery methods describe how a class is presented and are                3. Timetable your courses
indicated in the section part of the course code.
                                                                          After making a list of courses you want to register in,
  •   Scheduled (S) – Instructors teach course content face-to-face       access Student Planning.
      through lectures, laboratories, seminars and other methods
      at regularly set days and times.                                      •   If you are building your timetable prior to the timetable being
                                                                                open, you can start by adding all the courses to the terms
  •   Interactive Television (T) – Also referred to as ITV, these               that you want to take them in. The term in which to plan
      courses are scheduled courses that are linked by television               them will be determined by the course prerequisites.
      with students at one or more campus. The instructor is
      located at one of these campuses.                                     •   Once the timetable is open you can now select the sections
                                                                                for the course(s).
  •   Continuous Entry/Exit (C) – Students regularly attend
      classes but proceed through course material at their own              •   If there are reserved sections for your program ensure you
      pace, subject to completion deadlines. Students may enroll                choose those.
      throughout the semester until the last day of registration for        •   Educational Advisors are here to help you timetable.
      the course or program area.                                               www.nic.bc.ca/student-services/advising
  •   Distance (D) – A distance course that does not follow term
      based timelines. Add/drop and withdrawal dates may vary             4. Register in your courses
      depending on program area.                                          Once you have timetabled all your courses and registration dates
  •   Lock-Step Distance (L) – A distance course that follows all the     have open, click the Register All button to register in all your
      same timelines for assignments and exams and completion             courses.
      as a scheduled course.                                              Waitlists: If a course is full, you will be added to the waitlist.
  •   Flexible Distance (F) – A distance course where students work       Once a space has opened, enrollment will happen automatically
      through course material at their own pace within a specific         and you will be notified via our North Island College email. It is
      timeframe.                                                          your responsibility to drop the course if you no longer wish to be
                                                                          enrolled in it.
  •   Web-Based (W) – An online distance course where work and
      assignments are completed entirely online. These courses            NOTE: If you are registered in a course, you may NOT waitlist for a
      typically follow the scheduled course timelines.                    different section of that course.

  •   Blended (B) – Blended learning occurs when a course is              If you are still on the waitlist by firs week of class, you may attend
      organized so that a portion of the class will occur face to face    the class in case a seat becomes available during the add/drop
      in either a physical or virtual classroom and the remainder is      period. This does not apply to labs or Fine Arts courses.
      delivered using online tools.
                                                                          5. Be a responsible student –
2. Choose your courses                                                       protect your Grade Point Average (GPA)
                                                                          Attend your classes
Check your program curriculum
Refer to your program’s webpage (www.nic.bc.ca/programs-courses)          You are responsible for dropping from any courses that you are
to see what courses you need to take. Click on each course code to        not going to attend. If you do not drop a course, a DNC (Did Not
read its course description and to see if it has a prerequisite. Make a   Complete with a grade point of “0”) will permanently be recorded on
list of courses you need to register in.                                  your transcript. Refer to the Registration Policy on www.nic.bc.ca for
                                                                          details.
Prerequisites: A prerequisite course is a course that must be taken
before a student can take more advanced courses in the discipline.        First Day of Class-No-Show
You must provide Registration and Student Services with proof of          If you are unable to attend the firs day of class, you must notify
prerequisites (official t anscripts, completion of placement testing,     your instructor to avoid being dropped or receiving a DNC on your
application for transfer credit, or a signed prerequisite waiver) by      record.
the firs day of term.
                                                                          Add/drop courses by the add/drop deadline
Co-requisites: A co-requisite course is a course that must be taken at
the same time as another course.                                          You are permitted to change your schedule without financial
                                                                          penalty until the end of the add/drop period. For the add/drop
Electives: Some programs require electives, which are usually             deadline dates, consult the Key Dates section of this guide or our
university transfer courses that students select outside of their         website. For continuous exit/entry & fl xible distance courses, the
major area of study. If you need help choosing electives, make an         add/drop period is 10 days from your registration date.
appointment with an Educational Advisor.
                                                                          Dropping courses can be done by accessing your timetable
                                                                          on Student Planning through myNIC, in person at a
                                                                          Registration/Student Services Offic .
                                                                          Student loan recipients: you must maintain a 60% course load to
                                                                          retain your loan eligibility.

                                                                 Questions? Email questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914 today.            13
REGISTRATION TO GRADUATION

Auditing courses                                                         TUITION AND FEES
To audit a course, you must request this in person within the add/       For most programs, payments are due on or before the firs day
drop period. You must pay full fees, but you do not need to meet         of classes. Some programs have earlier payment dates, so double-
prerequisites.                                                           check your letter from Admissions to be sure.
Withdrawing from a course
                                                                         Making a Payment
After the add/drop deadline, you can still “withdraw” from a course
                                                                         You can pay your fees in the following ways:
without academic penalty if you do so by the academic withdrawal
deadline. Consult the Key Dates section in this guide or on our            •   myNIC – Credit Card payments can be made by accessing
website for specific deadline d tes.                                           your myNIC account: Self Service > Students > Financial
NOTE: there are no refunds after the add/drop period.                          Information > View Account and Make Payments
To withdraw, complete and submit a Withdrawal Form to Student              •   Online Banking – You can set up “North Island College” as a
Services before the deadline.                                                  payee at your financial institution. Your account number is
Student loan recipients: withdrawing may jeopardize                            your seven-digit student ID number. Note that it can take up
the interest-free status of loans and future loan eligibility.                 to three business days for these payments to be processed.
Speak with a Financial Advisor before withdrawing.                         •   Student Loans, Grants or Sponsorships
                                                                               If you have been approved for full-time government student
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT                                                          loan/grant funding, you will be responsible to pay your fees
Generally, at least 50% of program requirements must be                        upon receiving your funds.
completed at North Island College with up to 50% met through
                                                                               If you have been approved for part-time government student
transfer credit from other institutions.
                                                                               loan/grant funding, your tuition will be paid directly to
                                                                               the College. If funds that you are receiving are less than
TRANSFER CREDITS                                                               the required tuition amount, you are required to pay the
If you have taken courses at other universities or colleges and wish           outstanding amount by the fee deadline date.
to transfer those course credits to NIC:                                       If you have been approved for sponsorship by an external
     1. Complete an Application for Transfer Credit form. Found at             agency, it is your responsibility to ensure that the College has
        www.nic.bc.ca/student-services/student-records/nic-forms.              received the sponsorship approval. If the sponsorship you are
                                                                               receiving is less than the required tuition amount, you will
     2. Submit an official t anscript along with the detailed course           need to pay the outstanding amount by the fee deadline date.
        descriptions for those courses that you would like to transfer
        in. The transcript must come directly from the institution.            Consult a Financial Aid Advisor if you have questions.

You can start today by browsing online:                                    •   In Person – You may come in person to any campus Student
                                                                               Services office to p y by credit card, debit, cheque or cash.
     •   www.educationplanner.bc.ca
         Search programs, fields of stud , locations, costs, admission   NOTE: We do not take payments over the phone.
         requirements, program lengths, and much more at 28 of BC’s      A student may be denied admission, registration, grades, official
         post-secondary institutions.                                    transcripts or credentials until outstanding debts to the college
     •   www.bctransferguide.ca                                          have been paid.
         Search all your options from North Island College to
         anywhere else in the province. Find out how transfer credit     Understanding Your Fees
         works, which courses are equivalent, and more.                  Deposits: Once you have been invited to NIC, your program may
                                                                         require a deposit to complete your acceptance. Some programs
Recognition for Prior Learning (PLA)                                     may also require a continuing-student deposit be paid every year
www.nic.bc.ca/student-services/assessment                                you attend. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable but
                                                                         are applied towards your tuition once you have registered. Pay your
NIC recognizes that adult learners acquire knowledge and skills          tuition deposit either online with a credit card through myNIC or in
through life and work experiences and study unassociated with            person.
formal education. More information regarding Prior Learning
Assessment can be found online or by speaking with an educational        Registration Fees: Your registration includes tuition, lab fees and
advisor.                                                                 learner’s resources as well as your North Island Student Union
                                                                         (NISU) dues. Fees may also include the cost of necessary equipment
                                                                         for some programs. Students may incur additional costs, such as
                                                                         field trips and supplies. or more details, consult your instructor.
                                                                         Book Costs: For information on book costs, contact the campus
                                                                         bookstore. Estimates for the current academic year are available on
                                                                         the NIC website.

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Refunds                                                                   CAMPUS STORES
You may request a refund for any courses that have been fully paid        www.nic.bc.ca/life-at-nic/bookstores
and dropped prior to the last day of the add/drop period. Refunds         The North Island College campus stores are located in Campbell
may be requested in person at a Registration and Student Services         River, the Comox Valley, and Port Alberni. The Campbell River and
office or th ough myNIC: Self Service > Students > Financial              Comox Valley campus stores, for a fee, offer fax services to students.
Information > Refund Request
                                                                          In addition to textbooks and other learning resources, the campus
Electronic Transfer of Funds                                              stores sell a selection of trade books, stationery, school supplies, art
Refunds may be deposited directly to your bank account if you             supplies, greeting cards, gifts, bus passes, and convenience goods.
provide us with your banking information. Select E-Check Bank
                                                                          Gift certific tes and NIC insignia products are also available.
Information in the Refund Request menu.
                                                                          Returns cannot be authorized for opened course packages/
Health and Dental Plan                                                    eTexts, or titles marked or in damaged condition. Refunds and
As part of continued efforts to increase services for students, the       returns are extended through peak periods, in accordance with
North Island Students’ Union has, after a successful referendum           campus store policy.
in the spring of 2015, implemented a system of health and dental
benefits. The health and dental plan will be applied to students          PrintBucks are also available for student printing needs and can be
taking a full time course load in a given term, defined as th ee or       purchased at all campus stores.
more credit based courses per term or students who are enrolled           Locker rentals are available at the Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and
in a vocational or certific te program that is six months or longer       Campbell River campuses through the campus stores.
in duration with varying start dates and are considered full-time.
More information on benefits and plan op -out options can be              Check our website for contact information, Campus Stores Refunds
found at http://nisu.ca/health-and-dental-plan/                           and Returns Policy, and current text/price lists. Campus store hours
                                                                          are subject to change.

TAX RECEIPTS (T2202A)
                                                                          ORIENTATION
Official tax eceipts are available for download through myNIC at
the end of February. Self Service > Students > Financial Information      Students are encouraged to attend orientation at their local
> My T2202A                                                               campus at the start of the Fall term. This event marks the
                                                                          beginning of the academic year and is an opportunity to get
NOTE: the T2202A will pop up as a pdf. Ensure that your browser is        to know your classmates and instructors while participating in
set to allow pop ups.                                                     Orientation activities. Each campus holds a variety of activities
                                                                          and/or workshops with the goal of supporting student success
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS                                              and creating a sense of community. Specific in ormation regarding
                                                                          Orientation will be posted on myNIC Announcements and on our
As a student, you are eligible to receive a Student Photo ID Card.
                                                                          website at the end of August/beginning of September. It is also
Photos are taken in the Student Services office t your local
                                                                          mailed out to all registered students.
campus. Remember to bring your student number and another
form of photo ID. Distance students are eligible for photo ID—call
your closest campus or centre for more details.                           INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
You’ll need to show your NIC student card when:                           The International Student Orientation is a week-long event
   • Borrowing books from the library                                     including seminars designed to connect newly-arriving
                                                                          international students with their campus and community.
   • Registering or withdrawing from courses in person
                                                                          Students begin to build friendships with each other, connect with
   • Voting in elections of student representatives                       instructors, and learn about college and community services. New
   • Receiving student discounts at participating businesses              students will appreciate the opportunity to begin to understand
A replacement card costs $10.                                             the differences in academic cultures from home to Canada, find
                                                                          out about work and volunteer opportunities and have some fun
TEXTBOOKS                                                                 exploring the community. Information about the International
                                                                          Student Orientation is shared with arriving students via email in
To find our required class textbooks you may use the Book Search          the month before term start.
function online at:
www.nic.bc.ca/life-at-nic/bookstores/book-search
                                                                          STUDENT RECORDS
Type in your subject, term, campus, course number, and section
to find our required texts and the latest available pricing. Every        You can view your record online at myNICthrough Student Planning:
                                                                          https://myNIC.nic.bc.ca
possible effort is made to ensure text listings refle t current prices;
however, prices are subject to change. If a “no book                        •   Keep track of your academic profil
selection available at this time” comment appears, please check             •   View your grades, grade point average
back later. For distance learners, books may be ordered toll-free
from the campus stores at 1-800-715-0914 ext 4027.                          •   View your current class schedule
                                                                            •   Request an Official Transcript

                                                                 Questions? Email questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914 today.             15
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