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Section A. General

Faculty of Environmental Studies Academic Regulations

Adopted by the Council of the Faculty of Environmental Studies under Standing Rule 3.9.


These regulations are intended to be a positive instrument to aid in accomplishing both individual and collective educational purposes of the members of the Faculty of Environmental Studies; they are a basic expression of the academic programs of the Faculty and each regulation has a real educational purpose. Used as intended, by all members of the Faculty, the academic regulations can provide the basis for carrying out imaginative and effective individual programs of study.


1. Definitions and Applicability
2. Award of Degrees
3. Time Obligations
4. Academic Calendar
5. Weekly Timetable
6. Formal Submissions
7. External Contacts



A1.1     These regulations shall apply to all members of the Faculty. Students, faculty members and support staff are individually responsible for being aware of their contents and requirements.

A1.2     These regulations may be amended by the Council according to the rules for amending the Standing Rules of the Council, provided that every proposed amendment has received prior review by the Committee of Instruction.

A1.3     The Committee of Instruction may modify or waive the requirements of any regulation in a particular instance upon petition by the person or persons concerned.

A1.4     Determinations of academic matters under these regulations may be appealed by the person or persons involved, under terms and conditions established by the Council and published in the Council Procedures for the Appeals Committee.

A1.5     In addition to these regulations, the academic regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies have application to graduate students in FES with exceptions as indicated in the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


A2.1     The Committee of Instruction shall exercise the authority of the FES Council to recommend graduate students for the award of degrees in Environmental Studies.

A2.2     Application for award of graduate degrees in Environmental Studies is made to the Committee of Instruction through the Dean.


A3.1     In any term, a full-time  graduate student may be regularly occupied on work outside the program of study (in the University or elsewhere or both) for an average of not more than ten hours per week. This limitation does not apply to approved work for which academic credit is to be granted.

A3.2     Every graduate student is obligated to be available for the purposes of the program of study, at the University or as otherwise required by the individual program, throughout each term from the opening day of the term until the closing day, as established in the Academic Calendar. The opening day of term is always earlier than the start of classes and the closing day of term is always after the last day of classes.

A3.3     Faculty members shall at all times have posted outside their offices schedules that indicate the specific times each week when they will be available for consultation by students.


A4.1     The academic year for the Faculty of Environmental Studies extends over twelve months from May through April and is divided into three terms, each of four months (approximately seventeen weeks) duration:

        (a) the Summer term extends from May 1st through August 31st;

        (b) the Fall term extends from September 1st through December 31st;

        (c) the Winter term extends from January 1st through April 30th.

A4.2     Students normally first enter their program of study in the Fall term. Individual programs of study may conclude with any term.

A4.3     The Academic Calendar for each term shall, at the least, establish dates for the following graduate activities:

        (a) opening day of the term,

        (b) last day for registration,

        (c) first day of classes,

        (d) Reading Week,

        (e) last day of classes,

        (f)   closing day of term,

        (g) submission of course grade reports.


A5.1     It is the responsibility of the Dean to schedule the regular weekly timetable of Faculty activities each term. Efforts will be made to avoid and to rectify conflicts in meeting times of courses but no assurance can be given that conflicts will not persist.

A5.2     Formal course activities are scheduled to begin on the half-hour and to end at twenty minutes after the hour. Instructors are entitled to exclude students arriving more than ten minutes after the scheduled starting time.

A5.3     A change in the scheduled meeting times for any course may be requested by common agreement of the students and instructors involved. Changes in response to such requests may be made only by the Dean.

A5.4     A regular meeting time available for meetings of the Council and of the Committee of Instruction will be set by the Dean. No other activities in the Faculty may be scheduled during those hours except by written permission of the Dean.


A6.1     Formal submissions must be ' letter quality' computer printout; illegible material will be returned for resubmission. This requirement applies to:

        (a) written work submitted in courses,

        (b) written work submitted in partial fulfillment of degree requirements,

        (c) individual plan of study/program checklist documents,

        (d) petitions and appeals.

A6.2     All formal submissions which relate to academic matters (other than work for courses) must be submitted, for appropriate transmittal or referral, to the Office of Student and Academic Services or to such person as may be designated by the Dean for the purpose.

A6.3     English is the language of instruction in the Faculty of Environmental Studies; however, Senior Honours Work, an MES Major Project Report, or an MES Major Paper, or an MES Major Portfolio or an MES Thesis or a PhD Dissertation may be submitted in French  or in the language of any Aboriginal/First Nations people in North America, subject to confirmation from the director of the graduate program concerned that relevant supervision and sufficient support for the completion of such written work can be provided if so indicated in the statement of requirements for the Senior Honours Work or Major Project or Major Paper or Major Portfolio or in the Thesis Proposal or in the PhD Dissertation Proposal, as approved by the Committee of Instruction.


A7.1     Communications and contacts made by any member of the Faculty, to other parts of the university and outside the university, may indicate the facts of the originator's position in the Faculty, but care must be taken that the impression is not given that the originator is acting on behalf of the Faculty unless authorized in writing by the Dean.

A7.2     Every written communication on behalf of the Faculty, addressed to persons or institutions outside the University, shall be signed by a faculty member or an authorized member of the support staff.

A7.3     The York University logotype and the letterhead of the Faculty shall be used only for official university purposes and shall not be used by students except by written authorization of the Dean.


End of Section A

Every effort has been made to ensure that these Academic Regulations are complete and accurate.

In the event that these published regulations are not fully consistent with FES-approved legislation, then the duly approved legislation shall take precedence.