Concordia University of Edmonton offers an unparalleled student experience. Find resources and information about the services available to Concordia University of Edmonton students.
All students in undergraduate-level university programs, Education After-degree and Environmental Health After-degree programs are members of the Concordia University of Edmonton Students’ Association (CSA), which is governed by its policies and bylaws. In the month of March, CSA members elect the governing Executive and General Councils for the upcoming academic year.
Students are an important part of the decision-making process at Concordia University of Edmonton. The CSA President serves as a voting member on the Board of Governors and the CSA appoints representatives to serve as voting members of institutional committees.
The CSA hears student needs and concerns, and advocates for student rights to the administration of Concordia University of Edmonton as well as all levels of government. The CSA is a member of the lobby organization ASEC (Alberta Student Executive Council) which includes 16 post-secondary institutions across the province. The CSA also plans events throughout the year.
All students in graduate-level programs are members of the Concordia University of Edmonton Graduate Students' Association (CGSA), which is governed by its constitution (see section 13.2).
Concordia University of Edmonton students who share common interests related to their educational, recreational, or spiritual experience may contact the CSA Vice-President Internal for information about the development of a campus-based club; approved organizations receive funding from the CSA and are governed by its policies and by-laws. Contact the CSA Vice-President Internal Affairs for a complete list of student clubs and associations at firstname.lastname@example.org or to start your own club.
Concordia University of Edmonton competes in one of the strongest athletic conferences in Canada, the Alberta Colleges’ Athletic Conference. ACAC team sports include men’s hockey as well as men’s and women’s soccer, basketball and volleyball. ACAC mixed gender tournament sports include badminton, cross-country running, golf, indoor track and curling.
The Ralph King Athletic Centre has a fully equipped fitness centre which provides students with the opportunity to participate in fitness and weight training activities. The gymnasium is also available for gym-related student activities. Athletic equipment for student use is available from the Athletic Department.
Concordia University of Edmonton’s location above the North Saskatchewan River valley provides access to excellent running and cross-country ski trails.
Concordia University of Edmonton has a vibrant drama program that includes insight into professional theatre and film practices. Students have a chance to experience all aspects of dramatic production, including acting, improvisation, directing, technical theatre, and film making.
Students can participate in at least two major drama, comedy, children’s theatre, or musical productions a year. Other opportunities include improvisation groups, outreach to schools in the community, and a student sponsored One Act Festival in the Fall and Winter terms.
The Green Thespians Collective (Concordia University of Edmonton’s drama association) provides a friendly community that explores Edmonton’s live theatre scene (at reduced rates) sponsors theatre skill workshops and organizes a variety of social events.
Music plays an important role in campus life. With many opportunities to hear, play, sing, perform, and learn about music, Concordia University of Edmonton is well known for its quality music programs. All full-time students are eligible for free tickets to most School of Music sponsored events, including choral, handbell, orchestral, and wind ensemble concerts both on- and off-campus.
Students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in a variety of music ensembles on campus. The Concordia University of Edmonton Concert Choir, a full, mixed, university-credit ensemble, performs frequently, including local and regional concerts and special events, as well as a major tour each spring. Auditions require no advanced preparation and are held before each semester. The Concordia University of Edmonton Ringers, a handbell ensemble for university credit, also performs for Concordia University of Edmonton functions, tours and makes guest appearances in schools and churches. Student wind players can earn credit for wind ensemble through Festival City Winds, a three-tiered band program that allows players to participate with others at a similar level of musicianship. Experienced student instrumental players can audition for the community-based Concordia University of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the Concordia University of Edmonton Community Chorus welcomes all singers from the area, including university students.
The CSA gives students the opportunity to be more involved and further their knowledge of the world through activities such as Science Week, Arts Week, Management Week, dances and banquets, keynote speakers, and political forums.
Concordia University of Edmonton provides learning accommodation services for students with disabilities who present official documentation prepared by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or medical doctor. Services for students with disabilities are designed to facilitate the accommodation process, and may include liaison with professors, administration, and outside agencies concerning in-class and examination accommodations, assistive technology, alternate format textbooks, and other recommended support services.
Since the implementation of services is a lengthy process, students are advised to contact the Student Life and Learning Office at least six weeks before classes begin to request services, complete their Individual Service Plans and apply for funding. Students are expected to apply for funding to cover the expense of some learning accommodation services (e.g., academic strategist, tutors, etc.).
Most areas of the campus are wheelchair accessible.
Inclusive post-secondary education is a an initiative that enables students with developmental disabilities to experience success in post-secondary education through participation in Concordia University of Edmonton’s university courses, programs of study and campus life, enhancing the learning environment for all. Eligible students audit courses, enabling them to individualize their studies in order to achieve the most beneficial learning experience possible. An educational advisor works closely with students and faculty to adapt course requirements and set attainable goals. In addition to classes and participation in campus life, this year-round initiative assists students to meet their career goals through support in obtaining employment during the summer months.
Concordia University of Edmonton's Career Services provides career and employment related support for students and alumni. Career Services seeks to empower students to make informed career related decisions and to assist in the transition to and from Concordia University of Edmonton.
Career Services offers information sessions and personal advising for career development, education planning and employment success. Other services include aptitude testing, workshops, information sessions, volunteering, internships, graduate studies and international opportunities, resume writing, portfolio development, job search skills and labour market information. Career Services hosts annual Volunteer and Career Fairs and develops connections with industry and the broader community to facilitate student and graduate career development. Career Connections, accessed through Online Services, an online job posting service, is also available for students and graduates seeking employment and volunteer opportunities.
Advising is available to potential, current, and former (alumni) students of Concordia University of Edmonton. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please phone 780-378-8461 or e-mail email@example.com. Further information and resources are available at http://careerservices.concordia.ab.ca.
Counselling Services provides confidential support and assistance, free of charge, to current students. Students seek counselling for a variety of reasons, including personal, relational, and academic issues. Common reasons for counselling include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, grief and stress. Sometimes students need support from the counsellor to explore options, connect with resources, and develop a perspective that will assist them. A Counsellor is available by appointment through the Student Life and Learning Office in HA114, by phone at 780-479-9241, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require immediate assistance, please contact the Distress Line at 780-482-HELP (4357).
In case of fire, disturbances, and concerns about public or personal security, students may call 780-479-8761, Concordia University of Edmonton’s 24-hour emergency contact. In the event of fire, students should activate the nearest fire alarm, call 911, and notify Security.
If students become ill, they should first contact their instructors to determine how to manage assignment deadlines and missed examinations. (Excused Absences, section 9.2.2)
Students who are unable to attend classes and unable to contact their instructors may ask the Student Life and Learning Office for assistance in contacting or communicating with their instructors concerning their absences. Official documentation is required of students who need assistance from the Student Life and Learning Office.
The Student Life and Learning Office, together with the Concordia University of Edmonton Students’ Association, hosts an Orientation for new students prior to the start of the Fall and Winter semesters. The goal of the Orientation sessions is to provide new students with the opportunity to tour the campus, to meet peers and faculty, and to get information and tips on university life. All new students are encouraged to attend.
The Tutoring and Writing Centre is a free service that provides support for learning through writing for all Concordia University of Edmonton students, staff and faculty. Throughout the academic year, the Tutoring and Writing Centre offers one-on-one consultations, drop-in hours, writing seminars and in-class presentations. Inquiries regarding the Writing Centre may be directed to Concordia University of Edmonton’s Learning Services Coordinator.
The campus bookstore sells textbooks and supplies on a cash, credit card, and debit card basis.
Concordia University of Edmonton maintains several drop-in computer labs that students may use to research and prepare classroom assignments. All students receive a user account and password which allows them access to stations in the drop-in computer labs.
Instructors provide the details about other labs that are available for students enrolled in specific classes. Accounts for these other labs are assigned by the instructors teaching them.
Students are expected to adhere to the posted policies and guidelines for the use of the computers and computer networks. Violation of these policies and guidelines may result in disciplinary action and the loss of access to these services.
For the location and hours of operation of computer labs on campus, visit http://computing.concordia.ab.ca.
At the time of registration, Concordia University of Edmonton students subscribe to a group accident insurance plan that covers full-time students for accidental injury on a 24-hour basis during the term, and part-time students for accidental injury while on the school premises and while “travelling to and from” school during the term. “Full-time” is defined by the insurer as a student enrolled in three or more courses. “Travelling to and from” means direct travel which takes place along a normal or reasonable route, without delay or stopover.
The Accidental Medical Expense only supplements existing medical coverage.
Students who wish to make claims must submit claim forms and provide the insurance company with proof of injury within 30 days of the injury; claim forms and more detailed information are available from the Student Life and Learning Office.
The CSA Student Benefits Plan provides extended health and dental benefits for every full-time undergraduate student and all International students. The fees are included in students' University fees. The benefit year is September 1 to August 31. Eligible students are added to the plan automatically during the first 45 days of each semester. Visit www.mystudentplan.ca/csa to find out how to use the plan. Students with comparable insurance coverage may apply to waive health and/or dental coverage provided by the CSA Student Benefits Plan. You can also coordinate coverage from your existing plan with the CSA Student Benefits Plan. Each student is given one opportunity to waive benefits under the plan each year. All opt out requests must be completed online via the benefit plan website; www.mystudentplan.ca/csa/opt-out-form and received by the applicable deadline. Approval of the opt out request will result in the plan fee being credited to your student account. Students with a spouse and/or dependants have one opportunity to purchase family coverage for a spouse and/or dependant(s) by completing an application form and paying the family coverage fee. All family add on forms and applicable fees must be received by the applicable deadline.
The CSA Health and Dental plan includes coverage for prescription drugs, vision care, paramedical practitioners, dental, emergency travel insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, and a tutorial. For more details about your student plan, please visit: www.mystudentplan.ca/csa and contact the Concordia University of Edmonton Students' Association.
Concordia University of Edmonton issues student identification cards during the first week of class in each semester from Student & Enrolment Services. Students must present their student identification cards to:
Students may also use the Concordia University of Edmonton student ID card:
Life in residence can be one of the most memorable aspects of a university education. Lifelong friendships, a memory bank full of wonderful experiences, and the day-to-day convenience of living on campus are only some of the benefits of residence life. Living in residence rounds out one’s education, stimulating growth in all areas of life: personal values, attitudes, social, and leadership skills.
At Concordia University of Edmonton, the residence life coordinator and residence assistants provide a wide range of services and programs for residents. Planned activities often include movie nights, sporting events, intramurals, bowling, weekend trips, events in the neighbourhood and cultural events like the symphony, ballet, and the theatre.
The purpose of Concordia University of Edmonton’s residence life program is to provide a “total” education. The expectation is that students will be enthusiastic about learning and living in a close community, and will demonstrate the respect, cooperation, and concern for others which make such a community possible. For more information visit http://residence.concordia.ab.ca.
The men’s and women’s residences provide the convenience of living close to Concordia University of Edmonton’s classrooms. Residence rooms are usually shared with another student, and are furnished with desks, beds, and dressers. Students soon imprint their personalities on their rooms, making the residence “home.”
The campus cafeteria offers a varied menu of hot and cold meals, snacks, fruits, and salads at reasonable prices. Resident students are required to subscribe to a declining balance meal plan.
Students apply to campus residence separately from academic admission. On-campus accommodation is limited and is granted on a contract basis for the full academic year or by semester. Specific information regarding residence life and applications for campus residence are available online at http://residence.concordia.ab.ca; interested applicants may also contact the Residence Office at 780-479-9349. Information regarding residence fees can be found in Student Residence, section 5.6.
The intimate size of Concordia University of Edmonton’s campus fosters a sense of community in which relationships quickly develop and students soon feel at home. A growing awareness of the privileges and responsibilities of being part of this community shapes the lifestyle of students.
Students are expected to maintain a high standard of personal conduct, this involves demonstrating respect and concern for all other members of the Concordia University of Edmonton community.
Concordia University of Edmonton recognizes that students’ taste in clothing reflects their own individuality. The only standard of dress is that clothing be neat, clean, and appropriate for the occasion.
In keeping with the Alberta Tobacco Reduction Act, all buildings on Concordia University of Edmonton’s campus are smoke-free. Smoking is restricted to designated outdoor areas of the campus.
Research has demonstrated the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke on health. The counselling staff at Concordia University of Edmonton are be pleased to refer students to the appropriate programs should they decide to quit smoking. Students may schedule appointments with Counselling Services or pick up detailed information regarding Concordia University of Edmonton's smoking policy at Student Life and Learning.
No firearms, fixed-blade or switchblade knives (including pocket knives which are carried visibly in sheaths), explosives, or any other items which may be considered weapons or dangerous materials may be brought on to Concordia University of Edmonton’s campus.
Concordia University of Edmonton endeavours to provide students with an open and supportive atmosphere, characterized by mutual respect and freedom from discrimination, threat, or interference. The attitude and behaviour of students are integral to this endeavour. Therefore, Concordia University of Edmonton expects students to behave in a manner which promotes consideration for others and responsibility for oneself, practicing self-discipline, responsible decision-making, and integrity in relationships with others.
The authority to administer this policy is delegated to Vice-President Student Life and Learning.
|Identify a potential incident of nonacademic misconduct.||➙||Report the Incident to the Vice-President Student Life and Learning||➙||Participate in informed procedure (if required)||➙||Participate in a Board hearing (if required)|
Either party can appeal the decision rendered by a Non-Academic Review Board to an Appeal Board on the following grounds:
Anyone requiring further information or advice about this process should consult the Vice-President Student Life and Learning.
|Procedures||Responsibilities and Timelines|
|Stage I — Initiating a Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal|
|Section A of the Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Form must be completed and submitted to the Vice-President Student Life and Learning, stating the reasons why the appeal should be heard and the remedy being sought.||Who: Community member who is party to the incident.
When: Within 5 working days of receipt of the original board's decision.
|Stage II — Processing the Appeal|
|The Vice-President Student Life and Learning reviews and refers all supporting documentation from the original incident to the Chairperson of the Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Board.||Who: Vice-President Student Life and Learning
When: Within 5 working days of receipt of the appeal whenever possible.
|Stage III — Convening the Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Board Hearing|
|The Chairperson determines whether there are grounds for an appeal. If no, the appeal is declined, and within 5 working days the Chairperson must communication this in writing to all parties and to the Vice-President Student Life and Learning. If yes, a Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Board hearing is convened within 10 working days whenever possible. A decision is rendered within 5 days of the conclusion of the hearing. The decision of the board is final and may not be appealed. The results from the appeal process are communication to all parties and the Vice-President Student Life and Learning.||Who: Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Board.|
Behaviour that is subject to disciplinary action under the Code includes violations of established civil and criminal statutes; conduct that threatens the safety or well-being of members of the University community, and any other behaviour that seriously and adversely affects the University or its educational mission.
Non-Academic Misconduct broadly defined, is any behaviour or pattern of behaviour that:
The procedures governing non-academic misconduct at Concordia University of Edmonton reflect on an environment that values personal integrity, peer adjudication, restorative measures, and due process and fairness to the student and the University community. These procedures protect the members of the University community by providing consistency for the student; all inquiries regarding process should be directed to the Vice-President Student Life and Learning.
Examples of non-academic misconduct may include, but are not limited to:
The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the individual instructor. Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful behaviour that results in disruption of a class may be directed by the instructor to leave the class. If necessary, Security should be contacted to escort the student from the class, and if applicable, from campus.
The sanction agreed upon through an informal process or imposed by the Non-Academic Review Board or the Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Board is at the discretion of the Vice-President Student Life and Learning with reference to the facts of the case. Without limiting that discretion, the University has developed the following guidelines with respect to choosing an appropriate sanction:
Relevant factors include, but are not limited to:
Sanctions will vary commensurate with the violation, and as violations will have several degrees of severity, so must the sanctions imposed. A less severe sanction may be appropriate where there has been no previous finding of misconduct and the misconduct is not considered severe.
A more severe sanction or a major sanction or both may be appropriate where there has been a previous finding of misconduct or there are multiple allegations of misconduct, depending on the factors listed above and the other relevant circumstances.
A major sanction may be appropriate where the misconduct is grievous or repeated and in particular, in the cases or physical or sexual aggression.
All major sanctions shall require the final approval of the President or designated senior University official.
Students at Concordia University of Edmonton can expect to be treated fairly and objectively when facing concerns around conduct. To this end, the Vice-President Student Life and Learning strives to facilitate consistency and transparency by collecting information about allegations, and to convene formal processes in cases where mutual resolution remains difficult. Peer adjudication is one of the Code of Conducts’ established principles, empowering students by involving them in student judicial processes.
In order to ensure fair and consistent judiciary proceedings, the Vice-President Student Life and Learning provides board training for students, faculty, and staff interested in participating as board members for Non- Academic Misconduct hearings. The Vice-President Student Life and Learning welcomes anyone interested in judicial affairs, to become involved in Non-Academic Misconduct hearings. Board development workshops are offered year round; members of the University community interested in training as a board member should contact the Vice-President Student Life and Learning at 780-479-9289 for further information.
If an incident is not, or cannot, be resolved, the case is referred to a Non-Academic Misconduct Review Board.
All parties involved have the right to appeal the decision of the Review Board to the Non-Academic Misconduct Appeal Board if the applicable grounds (see Code of Student Conduct, section 8.7.2.C) are met.
Decisions of the Appeal Board are final
Non-Academic Misconduct Board hearings are conducted under the authority of the Code of Student Conduct. The board will ensure that the parties to a dispute receive fair and just treatment and that appropriate resolutions are achieved.
These are not legal proceedings but they will be conducted in a reasonably formal manner. In the end, the board will decide in favour of one party or the other on the basis of which facts or arguments are more probable accounts of what actually occurred in the case.
The following questions and their corresponding answers are intended to assist you in preparing for the hearing:
Individuals applying to study at Concordia are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the attitude and behaviour expected of Concordia students. Individuals who are interested in applying to study at Concordia should familiarize themselves with the standards for student conduct set out in section 8.6 of the Academic Calendar.
Among other things, Concordia does not tolerate any behaviour that threatens the safety or well-being of Concordia staff, including discrimination, intimidation, coercion, excessive swearing, fighting, yelling at staff or others, harassing emails, verbal or other abuse, etc.
A staff member who believes an applicant (or anyone acting on an applicant’s behalf) is engaging in any such behaviour may immediately end communications with that individual and report their behaviour to the Admissions Coordinator. The applicant will be required to speak to the Admissions Coordinator before he or she will be allowed to continue the application process.
The Admissions Coordinator may decide to issue a warning to the applicant and allow him or her to continue with the application process, or may decide to rescind any current offer of admission received by the applicant, cancel any existing registration and/or refuse to consider applications for admission to Concordia for a specified period of time. The decision will be noted in the applicant’s file and the applicant will be notified of the decision using the most recent contact information provided by the applicant to Concordia.
The applicant may make a written request to the Admissions Coordinator to reconsider this decision, setting out the reasons why the applicant believes a different decision would be more appropriate. The Admissions Coordinator’s decision upon reconsideration shall be final.