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Section C. MES Program

Amended by FES Faculty Council February 7, 2013; Approved by FGS March 7, 2013; Approved by Senate May 23, 2002 and May 23, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. MES Faculty Advisors
2. MES Program Requirements

2A.  MES/JD Program

2B. Planning Programs

2C. MES Diplomas

3. MES Examinations

4. Graduate Courses

5. MES Student Records

6. MES Program Monitoring

C. MES PROGRAM

C1. MES FACULTY ADVISORS

C1.1 The Graduate Program Director shall appoint a Faculty Advisor to guide each MES student through the program of study.

C1.2 Changes in assignment of Faculty Advisors may be made only by the Graduate Program Director, upon written request from the MES student or the Faculty Advisor. The Graduate Program Director will normally seek comment from the present and prospective Faculty Advisors before deciding whether to make a new assignment.

C2. MES PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The details of the MES Program Requirements shall be published annually as the MES Handbook (developed by the MES Program and Curriculum Subcommittee and approved by the Committee of Instruction).

Individual Plan of Study

C2.1 The program leading to the MES degree is constructed individually by each student in conjunction with the Faculty Advisor and is subject to review by the MES Program Coordinator and to approval by the Committee of Instruction.

C2.2 The nature, content and requirements of the individual student's program are documented in a Plan of Study, which each student shall prepare and revise as required while progressing toward completion of the MES program.

C2.3 Each individual Plan of Study is oriented to the mastery of an appropriate body of knowledge constituting the Area of Concentration, which shall be fully defined in the Plan of Study and identified by a title.

C2.4 To establish the context of the individual Plan of Study, the Plan may;

(a) specify which one of the Four Learning Quadrants best characterizes the context for the proposed program of study, as follows;

A. Intervention in Practice,

B. Observation in Practice,

C. Intervention in Theory,

D. Observation in Theory, or

(b) specify an alternative approach characterizing the context for the proposed plan of study.

C2.5 The individual Plan of Study shall comprise:

(a) the title of the Area of Concentration, which shall be five words or less, and which may upon completion of the MES program be included on the degree diploma in parenthesis following the designation of the MES degree; and

(b) a summary  definition (abstract) of the title of the Area of Concentration and its components, which shall be between fifty and one hundred words in length;  

 and

(c) a statement of purpose for the individual program and discussion of the main currents of thought and practice informing the Area of Concentration; and

(d) a full description of the Area of Concentration (including definitions of terms used); and

(e) discussion of the context of the approach to the Area of Concentration; and

(f) identification and description of the components that comprise the Area of Concentration, with a discussion of each; and

(g) a statement of specific learning objectives for each component; and

(h) a statement for each learning objective of the process for achieving it, including proposed courses and other learning experiences and the relevance of prior educational and other preparation; and

(i) the course registration documents in each term of study.

C2.6 The initial Plan of Study shall be prepared during the first term of study and submitted not later than the last day of classes for the first term of study.

C2.7 The Plan of Study shall be considered for acceptance by the Committee of Instruction following a General Examination convened for the purpose of evaluating the Plan of Study, and conducted by the student’s Faculty Advisor.

C2.8 Upon acceptance by the Committee of Instruction, the individual Plan of Study becomes an undertaking between the student and the Faculty with respect to the requirements to be fulfilled by the student to obtain the MES degree.

C2.9 At the option of the student or as required by the MES Program Coordinator or the Committee of Instruction the individual Plan of Study shall be revised, with the guidance of the Faculty Advisor, and resubmitted for further consideration by the MES Program Coordinator and the Committee of Instruction during any or each subsequent term up to the end of the student’s penultimate term of study.

C2.10 Upon application for advancement from MES II to MES III, the student shall prepare and submit a final revision of the Plan of Study which shall provide details of the purposes and the nature of the work to be done during the MES III phase of the program.

C2.11 In the absence of an approved Plan of Study, the Graduate Program Director shall determine, subject to clauses C6.2, C6.3, C6.4 below, whether the student shall be withdrawn from the MES program or shall be allowed to continue.

 Student Advancement

C2.12 Work toward the MES degree advances through three stages, identified as MES I, MES II, and MES III.

C2.13 Every student enters in MES I.  This stage provides for preparation of the individual Plan of Study and for ensuring that the student has a foundation of knowledge and skills appropriate to more advanced work in the defined Area of Concentration.  This process normally takes nine to twelve course credits (one term of full-time study or equivalent part-time study).

C2.14 To advance from MES I to MES II the student is expected:

(a) to state clearly an Area of Concentration and its components; and

(b) to identify major issues and main currents of thought and practice relating to the Area of Concentration; and

(c) to define the knowledge and skills needed to achieve substantive command in the Area of Concentration; and

(d) for each component, to set out learning objectives for acquiring the required knowledge and skills.

C2.15 The stage of MES II is devoted to obtaining the essential substantive command of the defined Area of Concentration.  The requirements of this stage will vary considerably from case to case, depending upon the nature of the student's previous experience and accomplishments and their relation to the Plan of Study.  More than either of the other two stages of work, MES II will determine the length of an individual program of study.  In general, the requirements of MES II may be expected to vary from nine to thirty-six course credits (one to three terms of full-time study or equivalent part-time study).

C2.16 To advance from MES II to MES III the student is expected:

(a) to demonstrate essential substantive command of the Area of Concentration and achievement of the learning objectives relevant to MES II, as specified in the individual Plan of Study; and

(b) to have a specific understanding of the major issues and main currents of thought and practice relating to the Area of Concentration; and

(c) to set out an acceptable proposal for the MES III stage of the program, including a further set of learning objectives addressing the Area of Concentration as a whole and synthesis of its components.

C2.17 Having demonstrated general competence in the Area of Concentration, the student may advance to MES III, which stage provides for the culminating experience of mastery in the field.  This calls for synthesis of knowledge and understanding in the Area of Concentration.  This last stage will normally call for nine to twenty-four course credits (one to two terms of full-time or equivalent part-time study).

C2.18 Application for advancement in status is made by the student to the Committee of Instruction through the Faculty Advisor and the MES Program Coordinator.  To be considered for advancement by the Committee of Instruction the student must revise or confirm the Plan of Study and pass a General Examination convened for the purpose.

Time Limit

C2.19 All requirements for the MES degree must normally be fulfilled within 12 terms (4 years) of continuous registration.  Terms in which a student is registered on Leave of Absence are not included in this time limit.  Registration as a Full-Time Student may not normally exceed 6 terms (2 years).

Major Project, Major Paper, Major Portfolio, Thesis

C2.20 During MES III students normally engage in a major activity which focuses either on the Area of Concentration as a whole or on one or more of the components. Such an activity will fall into one of four categories: Major Project, Major Paper, MES Major Portfolio, MES Thesis. The categories are distinguished by the initiating motivation for the activity.

(a) A Major Project is motivated in the first instance by the activity that is to be entered into. The output is to be determined by the nature and purpose of the activity and may take a wide variety of forms: written, oral, graphic. The project is expected to contribute to the knowledge of the student and the output may contribute to knowledge in general. Although a written report on the Major Project is required, the report is neither a Major Paper nor an MES Thesis.

(b) A Major Paper is motivated in the first instance by the expected output of the activity: namely, a paper that either synthesizes the Area of Concentration or explores in depth one or more of the components.  The activity that leads to the paper is determined by the nature of the anticipated output.  The activity is expected to contribute to the knowledge of the student and the paper may contribute to knowledge in general.  A Major Paper is not an MES Thesis.

(c) A Major Portfolio is motivated in the first instance by bringing together in one document a set of work (e.g., term papers; creative work) on a coherent theme.  The Major Portfolio either synthesizes the Area of Concentration or explores in depth one or more of the components. The activity is expected to contribute to the knowledge of the student and may contribute to knowledge in general.  A Major Portfolio is neither a Major Paper nor a MES Thesis.

(d) An MES Thesis is motivated in the first instance by conventional expectations of a Masters level thesis, in purpose and format.  The thesis may either synthesize the Area of Concentration or explore in depth one or more of the components. The preparation of the thesis is expected to contribute to the knowledge of the student and the thesis is expected to contribute to knowledge in general.

Major Project

C2.21 A student may elect or may be required by the Committee of Instruction to carry out a Major Project in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MES degree, as part of the course credit requirements for the degree.

C2.22 Decision as to whether a Major Project is to be undertaken shall be made by the student and the Committee of Instruction not later than during the student's penultimate term of study.  Immediately following the decision to undertake a Major Project, the Graduate Program Director shall appoint a Major Project Supervisor, after consultation with the student and the Faculty Advisor.

C2.23 Not later than the student's penultimate term of study, a statement of requirements for the Major Project shall be developed by the student and the Major Project Supervisor and incorporated in the final revision of the Plan of Study. When relevant, the student shall complete and attach the form "Application for Ethical Approval of Research Involving Human Participants.". The final revision of the Plan of Study shall be considered in a General Examination for which the Major Project Supervisor shall be a member of the examining committee.

C2.24 The statement of requirements of the Major Project shall include:

(a) a working title of the Major Project; and

(b) a statement of the purposes and role of the Major Project in the individual program of study; and

(c) a detailed description of the activities to be pursued; and

(d) specification of the output of the Major Project, which shall include a written report on the Major Project; and

(e) a detailed work schedule including the expected number of course credits to be devoted to Major Project Independent Work (ENVS 7799).

C2.25 The title page of the Major Project Report shall contain:

(a) the title of the Major Project,

(b) the name(s) of the student(s),

(c) the date of submission,

(d) "Report of a Major Project submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Environmental Studies" or "Report of a Major Project submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Magisteriate in Environmental Studies,"

(e) "York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,"

(f) signature of the student,

(g) signature of the Major Project Supervisor indicating approval of the Major Project.

C2.26 The prefatory material of the Major Project Report shall contain a foreword that explains the nature and role of the Major Project in fulfilling the requirements of the MES degree.

C2.27 Unless an exemption is approved by the Supervisor and approved by the MES Program and Admissions Subcommittee, the length of MES Major Project Reports will be limited to 30,000 words. This limit is exclusive of bibliography, tables, charts, and appendices.

C2.28 The output of the Major Project shall be considered in the Final Examination. The statement of requirements of the Major Project may include criteria for the consideration of the output in the Final Examination and, upon acceptance by the Committee of Instruction, these criteria shall be binding upon the Final Examination Committee and the student.

Major Paper

C2.29 The student may elect or may be required by the Committee of Instruction to submit a Major Paper in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MES degree, as part of the course credit requirements for the degree.

C2.30 Decision as to whether a Major Paper is to be submitted by the student shall be made by the student and the Committee of Instruction not later than during the student’s penultimate term of study.  Immediately following the decision that a Major Paper is to be undertaken the Graduate Program Director shall appoint a Major Paper Supervisor, after consultation with the student and the Faculty Advisor.

C2.31 Not later than the end of the student's penultimate term of study, a statement of requirements for the Major Paper shall be developed by the student and the Major Paper Supervisor and incorporated in the final revision of the Plan of Study. When relevant, the student shall complete and attach the form "Application for Ethical Approval of Research Involving Human Participants." The final revision of the Plan of Study shall be considered in a General Examination for which the Major Paper Supervisor shall be a member of the examining committee.

C2.32 The statement of requirements for the Major Paper shall include:

(a) a working title of the Major Paper; and

(b) a statement of the purposes and role of the Major Paper in the individual program of study; and

(c) a statement of the essential propositions to be explored in the Major Paper; and

(d) a detailed description of the exploration that will form the basis of the Major Paper, including a rationale for the approach; and

(e) an outline of the subject matter to be presented in the Major Paper; and

(f) a detailed work schedule including the expected number of course credits to be devoted to Major Paper Independent Work (ENVS 7899).

C2.33 The title page of the Major Paper shall contain:

(a) the title of the Major Paper,

(b) the name(s) of the author(s),

(c) the date of submission,

(d) "A Major Paper submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Environmental Studies" or "A Major Paper submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Magisteriate in Environmental Studies,"

(e)"York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,"

(f) signature of the student,

(g) signature of the Major Paper Supervisor indicating approval of the Major Paper.

C2.34 The prefatory material of the Major Paper shall contain:

(a) an abstract of the Major Paper, not exceeding 500 words; and

(b) a foreword that explains the nature and role of the Major Paper in fulfilling the requirements of the MES degree.

C2.35 Unless an exemption is recommended by the Supervisor and approved by the MES Program and Admissions Subcommittee, the length of MES Major Papers will be limited to 30,000 words. This limit is exclusive of bibliography, tables, charts, and appendices

C2.36 The Major Paper shall constitute part of the material submitted to the Final Examination and shall be considered by the examining committee. The statement of requirements for the Major Paper may include criteria for the consideration of the Major Paper in the Final Examination and, upon acceptance by the Committee of Instruction, these criteria shall be binding upon the Final Examination Committee and the student.

Major Portfolio

C2.37 The student may elect or may be required by the Committee of Instruction to submit a Major Portfolio in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MES degree, as part of the course credit requirements for the degree.

C2.38 Decision as to whether a Major Portfolio is to be submitted by the student shall be made by the student and the Committee of Instruction not later than during the student’s penultimate term of study.  Immediately following the decision that a Major Portfolio is to be undertaken the Graduate Program Director shall appoint a Major Portfolio Supervisor, after consultation with the student and the Faculty Advisor.

C2.39 Not later than the end of the student's penultimate term of study, a statement of requirements for the Major Portfolio shall be developed by the student and the Major Portfolio Supervisor and incorporated in the final revision of the Plan of Study. When relevant, the student shall complete and attach the form "Application for Ethical Approval of Research Involving Human Participants." The final revision of the Plan of Study shall be considered in a General Examination for which the Major Portfolio Supervisor shall be a member of the examining committee.

C2.40 The statement of requirements for the Major Portfolio shall include:

(a) a working title of the Major Portfolio; and

(b) a statement of the purposes and role of the Major Portfolio in the individual program of study; and

(c) a statement of the essential propositions to be explored in the Major Portfolio; and

(d) an outline of the subject matter to be presented in the Major Portfolio; and

(e) a detailed work schedule including the expected number of course credits to be devoted to Major Portfolio Independent Work (ENVS 7898).

C2.41 The title page of the Major Portfolio shall contain:

(a) the title of the Major Portfolio,

(b) the name(s) of the author(s),

(c) the date of submission,

(d) "A Major Portfolio submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Environmental Studies" or "A Major Portfolio submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Magisteriate in Environmental Studies,"

(e) "York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,"

(f) signature of the student,

(g) signature of the Major Portfolio Supervisor indicating approval of the Major Portfolio.

C2.42 The prefatory material of the Major Portfolio shall contain:

(a) an abstract of the Major Portfolio, not exceeding 500 words; and

(b) a foreword that explains the nature and role of the Major Portfolio in fulfilling the requirements of the MES degree.

C2.43 Unless an exemption is recommended by the Supervisor and approved by the MES Program and Admissions Subcommittee, the length of MES Major Portfolios will be limited to 30,000 words. This limit is exclusive of bibliography, tables, charts, and appendices.

C2.44 The Major Portfolio shall constitute part of the material submitted to the Final Examination and shall be considered by the examining committee. The statement of requirements for the Major Portfolio may include criteria for the consideration of the Major Portfolio in the Final Examination and, upon acceptance by the Committee of Instruction, these criteria shall be binding upon the Final Examination Committee and the student.

MES Thesis

C2.45 The submission of a Thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MES degree must embody the results of original research and must be successfully defended at thesis examinations. It is optional on the part of the student and may not be required by the Committee of Instruction. An MES Thesis is submitted both to the Faculty of Environmental Studies and to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

C2.46 If a Thesis is to be undertaken, the student shall incorporate a Thesis Proposal in the final revision of the Plan of Study, no later than the third term of study (that is, at least twelve months before expected completion). The final revision of the Plan of Study shall be considered in a MES 2 to 3 Examination for which the Thesis Supervisor shall be a member of the examining committee.

C2.47 The Thesis Proposal shall include:

(a) the working title of the Thesis; and

(b) nomination of a Thesis Supervisor; and

(c) a statement of the proposed topic of the Thesis; and

(d) a description of the way in which the student intends to proceed with the work; and

(e) a statement indicating the relationship of the Thesis in fulfilling the requirements of the individual Plan of Study.

C2.48 Upon acceptance of the Thesis Proposal, the Thesis Supervisor shall be appointed by the Graduate Program Director after consultation with the student, and with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Thesis Supervisor and the Thesis Supervisory Committee must be appointed no later by the end of the third term of study.

C2.49 The Thesis Supervisory Committee is appointed by the Graduate Program Director after consultation with the student and the Thesis Supervisor, and with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Thesis Supervisor is the chair of the Thesis Supervisory Committee. The Thesis Supervisory Committee shall include:

(a) at least two faculty members in Faculty of Environmental Studies, and

(b) at least two faculty members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at least one of whom must be from FES, and who serves as the principal supervisor.

C2.50 A detailed Research Design and Thesis Outline shall be submitted by the student as a supplement to the final Plan of Study, for approval by the Thesis Supervisory Committee before the start of the student's penultimate term of study (that is, at least eight months before expected completion). When relevant, the student shall complete and attach the form "Application for Ethical Approval of Research Involving Human Participants" as required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

C2.51 Following the acceptance of the Thesis Proposal, the student will enrol in supervised Thesis Research (ENVS 7999) for an amount of course credit as determined by agreement between the student, the Thesis Supervisor and the Faculty Advisors.  The amount of course credit will depend upon the relative importance that the Thesis plays in the student's individual Plan of Study.

C2.52 The Thesis Supervisory Committee shall be responsible for:

(a) reviewing a student’s research proposal and recommending its approval to the graduate program director and the Dean not less than three months prior to the date set for the Thesis examination;

 (b) reviewing the student’s progress from time to time, normally every three (3) months and never less than once every six (6) months.  (Reports to the graduate program director of unsatisfactory progress may require a student to withdraw from a program of studies or withdraw from the graduate program in which she/he is enrolled);

 (c) reading the thesis and make a recommendation to the graduate program director regarding oral defence.

C2.53 The prefatory material of the Thesis shall contain:

(a) an abstract of the Thesis, not exceeding 500 words; and

(b) a foreword that explains the nature and role of the Thesis in fulfilling the requirements of the MES degree.

C2.54 The title page of the Thesis shall contain:

(a) the title of the Thesis,

(b) the name of the author,

(c) the date of submission,

(d) "A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Environmental Studies" or "A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Magisteriate in Environmental Studies,"

(e) "York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada."

C2.55 Beyond the requirements of the title page and the prefatory material, the format of the Thesis document is governed by specifications prescribed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Registration Requirements

C2.56 Continuously through the individual program of study the student must register in each term, in one or other of the following mutually exclusive categories:

(a) full time student (enrolled in nine to twelve credits); or

(b) part time student (enrolled in three to six credits); or

(c) leave of absence (not using the services of the university); or

(d) extended-time student (to maintain continuous registration); or

(e) no course (registered but not enrolled in FES courses: e.g., a student in the joint  MES/JD program, while registered in Osgoode Hall Law School).

C2.57 Enrolment concurrently in nine or twelve credits comprises full-time study. In any given term the student shall not register for more than twelve credits.  Every student shall register for full-time study at least in the first term of study. The Committee of Instruction may require the student to register for additional full-time study.

C2.58 If after successfully acquiring 72 credits while registered for credit (not including residual credit) the student requires further registration to complete the program, the student shall register as an extended-time student to maintain continuous registration.  An extended-time student is not a full-time student.  An extended-time student shall register in one of ENVS 7799, ENVS 7899, ENVS 7898, ENVS 7999 for zero course credits.

C2.59 Students may be granted leave of absence on compassionate grounds. Leave of absence shall be granted on maternity grounds. Leave of absence will not be granted to pursue activities that are part of the individual student's MES program. Leave of absence will not be granted beyond three consecutive terms.

C2.60 In each term of study the student must register both in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Registration and course enrolments are subject to the approval of the student’s Faculty Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.

C2.61 Registration in each term consists of the following:

(a) FES registration, including:

i. the prescribed form for course enrolment, signed by the student and the Faculty Advisor; and

ii. if applicable, the prescribed form for request for enrolment in an individual activity course (i.e., Readings in Environmental Studies, Field Experience, Individual Directed Study, Major Project, Major Paper Independent Work, Major Portfolio Independent Work or MES Thesis Research) signed by the faculty supervisor for the course and by the Faculty Advisor; and

iii. if applicable, the prescribed form for request to take a course outside the Faculty, in York University or in another university, signed by the Faculty Advisor and the course instructor.

(b) Submission of the prescribed form for registration in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, together with payment of fees.

(c) Submission of such supplementary information as may be required by the Dean.

C2.62 For each term the Dean shall set a final date by which every student must complete registration and a subsequent date by which all changes in course enrolments must be made.  In order to register or to change a course ¬enrolment or to withdraw from a course after the final date for these purposes, the student must successfully petition the Graduate Program Director.

Residual Credit

C2.63 To be recommended for award of the MES degree the student must have successfully acquired 72 credits (including residual credit and including not more than 24 credits of Field Experience) or such other number of credits as may be determined by the Committee of Instruction in accordance with these Regulations.

C2.64 In accord with the individual Plan of Study, a student may be granted residual credit toward the credit requirement for the MES degree, but in no case shall a student obtain the degree for less than 36 credits of work registered for credit, in which case none may be for Field Experience.

C2.65 The extent of residual credit granted to the student shall be derived from the difference between the 72 credits of work normally required of the student for recommendation by the Committee of Instruction for award of the MES degree and the number of credits of work determined by the Committee of Instruction to be needed by the particular student to acquire the competence in substance, skills and synthesis called for by the stated Area of Concentration seen in the light of the student's demonstrated capabilities and accomplishments at the time of the application for residual credit.

C2.66 The Committee of Instruction may grant residual credit in conjunction with or subsequent to advancement of the student from MES II to MES III. The student may request residual credit up to but not later than during the penultimate term of study. Request for residual credit shall be made in a revised Plan of Study.

C2.67 In considering a revised Plan of Study submitted by a student who has previously been granted residual credit, the Committee of Instruction shall reconsider the earlier award of residual credit and in accepting the revised Plan of Study may withdraw all or part or none of the residual credit previously granted or may grant additional residual credit.

C2.68 Residual credit shall not be granted to compensate for academic work done by a student while enrolled part-time but for which the student has not registered for credit.

C2.69 Residual credit shall not be granted to substitute new course credits for course credits forfeited by the student as a consequence of receiving the grade of Unsatisfactory.

Award of MES Degree

C2.70 The student may make application for award of the MES degree only after obtaining at least 60 credits (including residual credit) and while registered in the final term of study.

C2.71 To be considered by the Committee of Instruction for recommendation for award of the MES degree the student must have acquired 72 credits (including residual credit) and must have met the Final Examination requirement.

C2.72 The Committee of Instruction shall review the report of every Final Examination and shall receive the decision of the examining committee. Students who have met the Final Examination requirement shall be recommended by the Committee of Instruction for award of the MES degree provided all other requirements for the degree have been met by the student.

 

C2A. MES/JD PROGRAM

C2A.1 General

(a) Students may participate in the joint Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctor (MES/JD) program provided they meet the admission requirements of both the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School.

(b) MES/JD students shall receive two degrees, The MES and the JD, upon successful completion of the academic requirements for each degree.

(c) Adequate participation in the MES/JD Program Seminar Series, as determined by the MES/JD Program Coordinators, is an MES degree requirement for MES/JD students

C2A.2 MES Advising, Plans of Study, General and Final Exams

(a) The FES program coordinator or other FES faculty member of the joint program committee shall be assigned as advisor to all incoming students who are admitted to both programs simultaneously.

(b) If, at the time of entering the joint program, the student is already registered in the MES program and has an advisor other than the FES program coordinator, the student shall be reassigned to the FES program coordinator or other FES faculty member of the joint program committee.

(c) All joint program students are required to have a general exam with the MES/JD program coordinators at the beginning of each academic year in the program, including the years when they are registered for the fall and winter terms at Osgoode Hall Law School.

(d) The Osgoode Hall Law School MES/JD program coordinator or his or her designate shall participate in all MES II-III exams for joint program students.

(e) One of the FES or Osgoode Hall Law School program coordinators shall participate in the MES final exam for joint program students

 

C2B.  PLANNING PROGRAMS

The details of the Planning Programs Requirements shall be published annually as the Planning Handbook and Planning Checklist.

 

C2C. MES DIPLOMAS

C2C.1 Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment

The details of the Diploma Program Requirements shall be published annually as the Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment Handbook.

 

C2C.2 Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainability Education

The details of the Diploma Program Requirements shall be published annually as the Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainability Education Handbook.

 

C3. MES EXAMINATIONS

General Examinations

C3.1 General Examinations serve three distinct purposes:

(a) advising of the student;

(b) appraisal of the student's capabilities to proceed in the program in pursuit of the individual Plan of Study;

(c) evaluation for advancement in student status.

A particular examination may serve one or more of these purposes, and the purposes shall be specified when the examination is called.

C3.2 For the purpose of advising, the General Examination provides the opportunity to the student, with the assistance of faculty members, of reviewing progress and of assessing experiences and accomplishments in the light of the student's capabilities, in order to identify appropriate courses of future action with regard to the individual program of study. For this advising purpose, the examining committee will not take formal decisions.

C3.3 In formal appraisal of the student's capabilities to proceed with the individual Plan of Study, the examining committee may, subject to confirmation or modification by the Committee of Instruction:

(a) approve the Plan of Study or require a modification;

(b) require a further General Examination by a specified date;

(c) approve or decline advancement in status;

(d) approve or decline residual credit;

(e) determine additional requirements for fulfillment of the MES degree;

(f) withdraw approval of the Plan of Study and require the student to withdraw from the MES program.

C3.4 For the purpose of evaluation for advancement in student status, the examining committee shall determine whether the proposed Plan of Study is appropriate in light of the student's capabilities and the learning resources available through the Faculty, and specifically:

(a) for advancement from MES I to MES II, whether the student has met the expectations set out in Regulation 2.14 above and the proposed Plan of Study will enable the student to achieve "substantive command of the defined Area of Concentration" in MES II; and

(b) for advancement from MES II to MES III, whether the student has met the expectations set out in Regulation 2.16 above and the proposed Plan of Study will enable the student to achieve "the culminating experience of mastery in the field" in MES III.

C3.5 The student may, at any time, request a General Examination.

C3.6 The student shall have a General Examination in any of the following circumstances as they occur singly or in combination:

(a) upon submission of the initial Plan of Study,

(b) upon submission of a revision to the Plan of Study,

(c) upon application for advancement in status,

(d) upon request for residual credit,

(e) upon return from leave of absence,

(f) following adjournment of an MES Thesis Examination,

(g) following adjournment of a Final Examination,

(h) when required by the Committee of Instruction or by the Dean, in which case the examination shall be termed a Dean’s General Examination.

C3.7 The student's Plan of Study forms the focus of the General Examination.

C3.8 The General Examination shall be attended by the student and an examining committee consisting of:

(a) the student's Faculty Advisor (chair); and

(b) when appropriate, at least one other  faculty member in the case of an MES I-II exam; or

(c) a  supervisor appointed by the Graduate Program Director for the General Examination that con-siders advancement from MES II to MES III; and

(d) such other persons as may be required or as appointed by the Graduate Program Director after consultation with the student and the Faculty Advisor.

C3.9 The General Examination shall be scheduled by the Faculty Advisor, shall be oral, and shall be approximately one hour in length.

C3.10 Formal decisions shall be made by majority vote of the examining committee.

C3.11 A written report of each General Examination shall be made to the MES Program Coordinator by the chair of the examining committee, and a copy shall be given to the student by the Office of Student and Academic Services.

MES Thesis Examination

C3.12 A student who submits a Thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the MES degree must pass a Thesis Examination under the joint auspices of the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS).

C3.13 The Thesis Examination shall be taken after application for award of the MES degree and following certification by the Thesis Supervisory Committee that the student is prepared for examination. The Thesis Examination must be passed before the Final Examination may be taken.

C3.14 The Thesis Examination centres on the substantive aspects of the student's Thesis. The Examination shall be oral.

C3.15 The Thesis Examination shall be attended by the student and an examining committee consisting of:

(a) the members of the Thesis Supervisory Committee; and

(b) the chair of the examining committee, who shall not be a member of the Thesis Supervisory Committee, and who shall be appointed by the Graduate Program Director; and

(c) the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies or delegate (who may be the chair of the examining committee); and

(d) the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies or delegate (who may be a member of the Thesis Supervisory Committee).

C3.16 The time and place of Thesis examination shall be set by the Graduate Program Director in consultation with the student, the Chair and members of the examining committee, with the approval of the FES Dean and the FGS Dean. Normally the examination shall be held no less than three weeks from the date on which copies of the completed theses approved by the supervisory committee are sent to each member of the examining committee.

C3.17 The Thesis Examination requirement is met (a) the committee accepts the thesis with no revisions; or, (b) the committee accepts the thesis with specified revisions. If the Thesis is accepted subject to specified revisions, it is the responsibility of the Thesis Supervisor and the FGS Dean or delegate to ensure that the changes are made.  The candidate fails the examination if a majority of the examining committee votes for failure, in which event the student shall be withdrawn from the MES program.

C3.18 The Thesis Examination shall be adjourned if the decision of the examining committee agrees that the Thesis requires major revision. In cases of major revision, one of the following procedures, agreed upon by the committee before the examination is adjourned, must be used to finalize the oral results:

a) the committee will reconvene within twelve months to continue the oral examination; or,

b) the revised thesis will be circulated within twelve months to all members, who will inform the Chair whether they feel the stipulated requirements have been met.

C3.19 The decision of the examining committee shall be immediately communicated by the chair of the examining committee, in writing, to the Graduate Program Director and the FES Dean and the FGS Dean.

C3.20 If the MES Thesis Examination is adjourned, the student shall forthwith revise the Plan of Study for consideration in a General Examination.

Final Examination

C3.21 After obtaining at least 60 course credits (including residual credit) and during the final term of study, the student may submit application for award of the MES degree in which event the student must take a Final Examination which shall be held not later than the end of the third week following the close of the student's final term of study.  Such application may be withdrawn by the student up to two weeks prior to the date set for the Final Examination.

C3.22 The purposes of the Final Examination are to evaluate the student's general understanding in Environmental Studies together with an evaluation of the student's substantive competencies in the Area of Concentration. In serving those purposes, the Final Examination:

(a) provides an opportunity for students to understand their accomplishments and capabilities from the vantage point of faculty members; and

(b) constitutes a step in the formal appraisal of the qualifications of the student to be granted the MES degree.

C3.23 The Final Examination shall establish, to the satisfaction of the examining committee, that the Plan of Study has been fulfilled by the student in the following ways:

(a) the Area of Concentration has been successfully defined and its substance mastered; and

(b) the various components of the Area of Concentration have been integrated; and

(c) the learning objectives have been satisfied.

C3.24 The Final Examination shall be attended only by the student and an examining committee consisting of not less than three members of whom at least two shall be faculty members.  The members of the examining committee shall be appointed by the Graduate Program Director after consultation with the student and the Faculty Advisor and shall include the following:

(a) the chair who shall not be the student's Faculty Advisor; and

(b) the student's Faculty Advisor; and

(c) the supervisor of the student's Major Project or Major Paper or Major Portfolio or MES Thesis, if applicable; and

(d) such other persons as the Graduate Program Director may appoint; and

(e) at the discretion of the student, a faculty member named by the student to be an examiner in addition to the committee members appointed by the Graduate Program Director, subject to written agreement by the faculty member, in which event the student shall provide the name to the Graduate Program Director at least three weeks prior to the examination.

C3.25 The student's Plan of Study forms the focus of the Final Examination. The student may provide additional material or make specific presentations in support of the Final Examination. A written submission becomes part of the Plan of Study. The student shall provide a copy of any written submission to each member of the examining committee not less than two weeks prior to the date set for the Final Examination. Any member of the committee who has not read the student's submission(s) prior to the examination shall be required by the chair to withdraw from the examining committee.

C3.26 The student may elect to proceed with the Final Examination in the absence of one member of the examination committee, provided that at least three examiners are present.

C3.27 A Major Project Report or a Major Paper or a Major Portfolio shall constitute a written submission in support of the Final Examination, in which event the following conditions shall apply:

(a) The Final Examination shall be scheduled by the Graduate Program Director only after the supervisor has submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services the supervisor's written opinion that the Major Project Report or the Major Paper or the Major Portfolio is in a form and of a standard suitable for consideration in the Final Examination, indicated by the supervisor's signature on the title page.

(b) The Final Examination shall be convened by the chair of the examining committee only if the supervisor has submitted for the student's record the evaluation of the student's performance in the final term of Independent Work. The evaluation shall include an assessment of the entire Major Project or Major Paper or Major Portfolio.

(c)  The Final Examination Committee shall determine whether the Major Project or the Major Paper or the Major Portfolio adequately fulfils the requirements set forth in the Plan of Study and if it does not do so the Final Examination shall be recessed or adjourned.

C3.28 The Final Examination shall be scheduled by the Graduate Program Director and shall be oral. The Final Examination will involve discussion with the student, normally lasting from one to two hours, at the conclusion of which the committee will meet in private. Prior to the commencement of the examination the committee may have a preliminary discussion in the absence of the student.

C3.29 Decisions of the examining committee shall be determined by majority vote. No member of the committee may abstain from voting. The Final Examination requirement is met by the student when a majority of the members of the examining committee casts favourable votes.

C3.30 The Final Examination may be recessed, by majority vote of the examining committee and with the agreement of the student, for a period not exceeding four weeks. The examining committee shall determine the date and time at which the examination shall continue and shall set forth in writing the conditions that must be satisfied before the examination continues.

C3.31 The Final Examination may be adjourned by the student or by majority or tied vote of the examining committee. In the event of adjournment, the student may, at any time within eight months following adjournment, apply to the Graduate Program Director to have the Final Examination reconvened in which case the Final Examination shall be reconvened on a date specified by the Graduate Program Director which shall be not later than one month following application by the student.

C3.32 The Chair of the examining committee shall prepare a written report on the Final Examination containing the decision of the committee, with an explanation in the case of recess or adjournment. If the examining committee requires any modification to the Plan of Study or a Major Project or Major Paper or Major Portfolio, the details shall be recorded in the examination report. The examination report shall be reviewed and signed by all examiners and transmitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services and to the student within twenty-four hours of the conclusion of the examination.

C3.33 If, on grounds of procedural irregularity (and only on such grounds), the student disagrees with the decision of the examining committee to adjourn the Final Examination, the student may appeal to the FES Appeals Committee within the period of two weeks following the examination. As soon as possible after receiving the appeal and in any case no later than 60 days, the Appeals Committee shall either reject the appeal or direct the Graduate Program Director forthwith to appoint a substitute examining committee of new composition, subject to clause C3.24 above, and to convene a new Final Examination not later than one month following the decision of the Appeals Committee.

 

C4.  GRADUATE COURSES

C4.1 The FES graduate courses to be offered each term shall be determined and announced by the Committee of Instruction not later than one month before the opening of the term. The Committee has the right to make subsequent changes in the course list, without notice.

C4.2 All FES graduate courses are one term in length. The subject matter and organization of a given course may be integrated with a subsequent course or a previous course or both.

C4.3 Responsibility for each FES graduate course shall be assigned by the Dean to one or more faculty members as course instructors of whom one shall be given principal responsibility as Course Director.

C4.4 The graduate courses offered in FES must be approved by the Council and by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Senate. These approvals pertain to the Course Number, the Course Title, and the Course Description (a brief statement of the content, mode and purpose of the course). The course array is reviewed each year and proposals for changes put forward to the Council by the Committee of Instruction, responding to recommendations from the Graduate Curriculum subcommittee.

C4.5 Within the array of graduate courses, the specific courses to be offered each term are determined by the Committee of Instruction and a Proposed Course List is issued two years in advance to allow for long-term planning. In determining the Course List, the Committee of Instruction considers and approves a Course Outline for each course.

C4.6 If enrollment in a graduate course is less than ten at the conclusion of the course registration period, the Dean may cancel the course for that term.

C4.7 Graduate course numbering:

i. To assist students and faculty members in reviewing the potential relevance of courses in the development of the individual program, the settings, orientations, levels and status of courses are generally reflected in the four-digit course numbers.

ii. The first digit of the course number indicates the general purpose of the course, as follows:

5xxx Courses that provide entry and foundation in broad areas of subject matter and method within the particular approach of environmental studies; or courses that provide introduction in subject areas integral to environmental studies and essential to the individual plan of study but where the students may not have formal undergraduate preparation in that subject. These courses are normally taken early in the student's program.

6xxx Courses that support students in developing the essential elements of their individual programs of study. Although these courses may be taken at any time in the program, normally they are taken in the second and following terms of study.

7xxx Courses that provide advanced exploration and synthesis. Although these courses may be taken at any time in the program, normally they are taken in the final phase of the student's program of study.

8xxx Courses that are specifically intended for PhD students.

iii. The format and nature of learning settings provided by the courses are suggested by the second digit of the course number:

50xx Graduate courses integrated with 4000 level undergraduate courses.

x1xx Lecture/seminar courses.

x2xx Graduate courses integrated with non-degree course offerings.

x3xx Workshop courses.

x5xx Individually arranged study courses.

x6xx Field Experience courses.

x7xx Major Project Independent Work/Major Portfolio Independent Work.

x8xx Major Paper Independent Work.

x9xx Thesis research or dissertation research.

iv. The third digit suggests the nature of the objectives and approach to the content of the course:

xx0x Courses whose function is generally to assist in the development of individual plans of study.

xx1x to xx9x   Course objectives and approach to content  (perspective, substantive, methodological, technical) are spelled out in the Course Outline.

v. The last two digits are a general guide to the subject matter of the course:

xx0+ Perspectives and process courses.

xx1+ Biophysical environments/ resources/conservation/ environmental thought/etc.

xx2+ Built and formed environments.

xx3+ planning/management/ environment & behaviour/ design/ settlement & spatial analysis/ etc.

xx4+ Organizational ecology.

xx5+ organizations & institutions in changing environments/ organizational analysis/etc.

xx6+ Social analysis and methodology.

xx7+ politics/policy/etc.

xx8+ Methods/techniques/skills/ systems.

xx9+ theory & analysis/futures studies/etc.

xx99 Content and objectives respond directly to needs of the individual student.

C4.8 The Course Director of each graduate course shall provide to the Office of Student and Academic Services a detailed Course Outline, as required by the Dean, in advance of the opening of the term in which the course is to be offered. Course Outlines are subject to approval by the Committee of Instruction.

C4.9 Normal prerequisites and course credit value are established for each FES graduate course, as indicated in the Course Outline. For any given student, the prerequisite and course credit requirements may be modified by the Course Director to be more or less demanding, depending upon the student's background and purpose in taking the course, subject to approval by the student's Faculty Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.

C4.10 The requirements to be fulfilled by the students enrolled in each FES graduate course shall be determined and published by the Course Director at the beginning of the course and dates specified by which the requirements must be met by the students. Students must complete the work of the course during the term in which the course is taken. The final due date for all work to be completed by the students in a course shall be not later than the last day of courses as established in the FES Academic Calendar.

C4.11 The Committee of Instruction may establish minimum and maximum numbers of students who may be enrolled in any FES graduate course, as indicated in the Course Outline.

C4.12 Permission to enroll in FES graduate courses is required as follows:

(a) Every course numbered in the 7000s or 8000s requires the written consent of the Course Director.

(b) Courses numbered in the 5000s or 6000s require the written consent of the Course Director if so indicated in the Course Outline.

(c) Individual activity courses require the written consent of the faculty member (instructor) who will supervise the work together with written details of the work to be done, approved by the instructor and the Faculty Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.

(d) A student wishing to enroll in any FES graduate course after classes have commenced must have the written consent of the Course Director.

(e) A student from outside FES wishing to enroll in any FES graduate course must have the written permission of the Course Director and the Graduate Program Director.

C4.13 Regular sessions of all FES graduate courses shall be offered in a university academic space/location normally on campus, as approved by the Dean.

C4.14 As part of the MES degree program, a student may enrol in graduate courses offered elsewhere at York University and in graduate courses offered at other recognized universities, subject to the following conditions for each such course:

(a) Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Graduate Program Director, for which purpose the student must submit a statement, endorsed by the student’s Faculty Advisor, that demonstrates that the course is in accord with the student's Plan of Study.

(b) Enrolment is subject to the approval of the course director.

(c) Enrolment in a course at York University is subject to such requirements and limitations as may be established by the Graduate Program offering the course and as may be established by the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

(d) Enrolment in courses at other universities is subject to such limitations and requirements as may be established by the unit and university offering the course and by the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of York University and by any relevant interuniversity agreement.

C4.15 Students may audit FES graduate courses with the written permission of the Course Director; however, such audits shall neither be recorded on the MES Student History nor reported to other academic units.

C4.16 Direct costs to the student of carrying out the work of courses shall be borne by the student.

Assessment of Students in FES Graduate Courses

C4.17 Assessment of students enrolled in each FES graduate course shall be made by the instructor(s) in light of the requirements set at the beginning of the course and may be based upon a combination of formal examination, participation in classes, work submitted, and other evidence as determined by the Course Director. The relative emphasis on various criteria may be expected to vary depending upon the nature of the course.

C4.18 A written report of the assessment of each student in the course shall be submitted by the Course Director to the Office of Student and Academic Services. The report shall be provided in the manner required by the Dean and shall be submitted not later than one week following the end of the term in which the course is given. The report shall consist of two parts, as follows, and the report shall be accepted by the Office of Student and Academic Services only if both parts are together:

(a)  a written evaluation of the student's performance in the course; and

(b) a formal letter grade which shall be one of the following:

P  course completed satisfactorily (creditable to credit requirements), or

S   satisfactory progress in the first term of a two term course (applicable only to courses taken outside FES and to outside courses cross listed as FES courses; creditable to  credit requirements), or

I   course work incomplete (course credit in abeyance), or

U  unsatisfactory performance in the course (not creditable to credit requirements), or

X  exempted from the requirements of a course.               

C4.19 Grades reported for courses outside FES taken by FES graduate students shall be interpreted by the Graduate Program Director and recorded on the Student History in conformity with the FES grading system for graduate courses.

C4.20 In order to obtain credit for a course, the student must enrol for credit in the course and achieve the grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory progress).

C4.21 Grades and evaluations as reported by the Course Director may subsequently be changed only by the Course Director with the approval of the Committee of Instruction. Changes in grades and evaluations must be accompanied by a written explanation by the Course Director. Changes in the grade of Pass or the grade of Unsatisfactory shall not be based on new work submitted by the student; such changes will normally arise from discovery of error or omission.

C4.22 For each term that the student is enrolled in courses, the Office of Student and Academic Services shall provide to the student a written report of grades for that term.

C4.23 If a student is not satisfied with the grade or written evaluation as given to the student by the Course Director of an FES graduate course, the student is expected first to discuss the matter with the Course Director who may or may not make alteration, subject to clause 4.17 above.  The Course Director and the student may wish to discuss the matter with the student's Faculty Advisor or with the Dean or with all of them.  If the matter is still unresolved, the student may appeal under FES Council Procedures, as follows:

(a) Appeal against a grade or written evaluation or both may be made by the student to the Appeals Committee within six weeks from the date of issue to the student of course grade reports and the Appeals Committee shall consider the matter at its next meeting following receipt of the appeal.

(b) In disposing of the appeal, the Appeals Committee shall either dismiss the appeal or add to the student's record comments which may elaborate or contradict the Course Director's grade or written evaluation or both of them, but the Committee shall not alter the formal record of the grade or evaluation as reported by the Course Director.

(c) Following disposition of the appeal by the Appeals Committee, the Course Director may, in response to the comments of the Appeals Committee, change the grade or evaluation or both of them, in which event the Course Director or the appellant or other interested party may petition the Committee of Instruction to have deleted from the student's record such comments as may have been added under (b) above.

C4.24 The Course Director of any FES graduate course for which students other than FES graduate students are also registered shall award grades to those students in accord with the grading system of the individual student's own faculty and program.

Incomplete Course Work

C4.25 Students enrolled in FES graduate courses are required to complete the work in each course during the course period in the term in which the course is taken. In exceptional circumstances, the Course Director may allow additional time beyond the end of the term for the student to complete the work in the course, subject to the approval of the Graduate Program Director, in which case:

(a) the Course Director shall report the grade of I (Incomplete) for the student and shall attach to the course grade report a written petition from the student explaining the circumstances, which shall include stipulation of the work to be completed and a proposed deadline for completion of the work (having regard to the deadline for submission of grade change by the Course Director); and

(b) the student shall complete and submit the work to the Course Director not later than the approved deadline and if the work is not submitted by the student the Course Director shall report a change of grade from I (Incomplete) to U (Unsatisfactory); and

(c)  the Course Director shall report an appropriate grade change and evaluation not later than

i. October 31st for Summer Term courses,

ii. February 28th for Fall Term courses,

iii. June 30th for Winter Term courses; and

(d) if the Course Director does not report the grade change by the prescribed date, the grade shall automatically become U (Unsatisfactory) without further notice.

C4.26 Deadlines for completion of work in courses taken outside the Faculty shall be as determined by the unit offering the course. To be incomplete in a course taken outside the Faculty, the MES student shall provide to the Office of Student and Academic Services a written explanation of the circumstances and must obtain written permission of the Instructor and the Graduate Program Director before the end of classes in the term that the course is taken. In the event that such written permissions have not been obtained and the Instructor reports that the work of the student is incomplete, the Office of Student and Academic Services shall enter on the Student History the grade of U (Unsatisfactory) for that course.

Withdrawn Course Enrolments

C4.27 If, after the registration period in any term, the enrolment of a student in a course is withdrawn, the symbol W (Withdrawn) shall be entered for that course on the Student History.

C4.28 A student shall not be permitted retroactively to withdraw from any course for which the grade of U (Unsatisfactory) has already been reported for that student.

 

C5. MES STUDENT RECORDS

C5.1 Information regarding each MES student is kept by the Faculty as follows:

(a) a student 'File' containing the student's application material together with subsequent correspondence and other documents relating to the student's involvement in the Faculty; and

(b) a student 'Dossier' containing the following:

i. a 'Student History' of the individual academic program showing courses taken and the grades awarded; and

ii. the written 'Evaluations' of the student's performance in each course as submitted by the instructors of the courses; and

iii. the individual 'Plan of Study' and its revisions and supplements.

iv. reports of actions by the Committee of Instruction on the Plan of Study.

C5.2 The Student's file is available in the Office of Student and Academic Services for consultation by the student, with the exception of material which was solicited by the student and which the author has indicated that the student should not see. Other than the student, only faculty members and appropriate University officials may have access to the student's File. The File shall not be available to any person outside the University but the substance of individual documents in the File may be divulged to such a person upon the written instructions of the student.

C5.3 The Student's dossier is available in the Office of Student and Academic Services for consultation by the student. Other than the student, only faculty members and appropriate University officials may have access to the Dossier.

C5.4 Copies of the Student History will be provided to others only upon the written instructions of the student. Copies of Evaluations will not be given to the student and will be provided to others only as a complete set in conjunction with a copy of the Student History and only upon the written instructions of the student. It is expected that use of the Evaluations outside the University will be exceptional and such use is not to be encouraged.

C5.5 The individual MES Plan of Study, including its revisions and supplements, is a public document.

 

C6. MES PROGRAM MONITORING

Dean’s General Examination

C6.1 In the event of a serious concern about a student’s progress on the part of the Faculty Advisor, MES Program Coordinator, or Graduate Program Director, the Dean shall convene a General Examination which will address the concern and recommend (a) whether or not the student shall be withdrawn from the MES program or (b) the conditions under which the student may remain in the MES program.  The examination committee shall consist of at least three faculty members, including the Faculty Advisor.

Individual Plan of Study

C6.2 If the initial Plan of Study has not been accepted by the Graduate Program Director before the completion of the student's second term of study, the student shall be withdrawn from the MES program.

C6.3 If a required revised Plan of Study has not been submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services and a General Examination held by the date set by the Graduate Program Director, the student shall be withdrawn from the MES program.

C6.4 If at the time of registration in any term a required revised Plan of Study has not been submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services and a General Examination held, the student shall not be permitted to register for that term and shall thereby be withdrawn from the MES program.

Student Advancement

C6.5 If a student has not advanced to MES II before completion of the second term of study, the student shall be withdrawn from the MES program.

C6.6 If an MES student has accumulated 60 credits without advancing to MES III, the Dean shall convene a General Examination to assess the student's progress.

C6.7 A student who has the grade of I (Incomplete) for any course shall not be permitted to advance from MES II to MES III.

Time Limit

C6.8 If a student has exceeded the time limit of four years for fulfillment of the MES degree requirements, normally the student shall be withdrawn from the MES program.

Registration Requirements

C6.9 In each term, all required registration materials must be properly completed by each FES graduate student; incomplete or partial registration materials shall not be accepted by the Office of Student and Academic Services.

C6.10 If the student has not completed registration by the end of the fourth week of classes in any term, the student shall not be permitted to register for that term and shall thereby be withdrawn from the program.

Incomplete Course Work

C6.11 In any term in which an FES graduate student is incomplete in two or more courses from the previous term, the student shall be required by the Graduate Program Director to withdraw registration in the incomplete courses and register again in the incomplete courses for the same or for a different number of credits as in the previous term.

Withdrawn Course Enrolments

C6.12 If the MES Student History contains the symbol W (Withdrawn) for three or more courses, the Dean shall convene a General Examination to assess the student's progress.

Unsatisfactory Course Work

C6.13 If an MES student has received the grade of Unsatisfactory for more than one course or for three or more credits, the Dean shall convene a General Examination to determine whether the student shall be required to withdraw from the MES program or to establish the conditions upon which the student may continue with the program.

Breach of Academic Honesty

C6.14 Conduct that violates the ethical or legal standards of the University community is a serious matter.  In particular, any breach of academic honesty is a most serious offense to both the University community and the academic enterprise.  All faculty members are required to treat any breach of academic honesty, no matter how small the breach may appear, as a most serious matter demanding most thorough investigation.  The rules embodied in the University Senate Policy on Academic Honesty apply to all students.

As in all faculties, the Faculty of Environmental Studies, it is a serious offence against academic honesty, among other things, to cheat, to impersonate, to plagiarize or misappropriate the work of others, to practice improper research procedures, to be dishonest in publication, to aid and abet academic misconduct, or to undertake any other action that runs counter to academic honesty.  In addition, some forms of breach of academic honesty might constitute offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada.  While the pressures of school may such that a student may feel pressured to breach academic honesty, students must completely resist such pressures.  Students who are unsure of what may constitute a breach of academic honesty should consult the Senate Policy on Academic Honest (see University Policies and Regulations in the York Undergraduate Calendar) or Policies, Procedures and Regulations.

C6.15 In every demonstrated case of breach of academic honesty the grade of U (Unsatisfactory) shall be reported by the Course Director and a statement of the circumstances incorporated in the written evaluation of the student's performance in the course

Unreported Grades and Evaluations

C6.16 If, on the date set for the submission of course grade reports, the Course Director of an FES graduate course has not submitted both a grade and a written evaluation for a student, then:

(a) the symbol NR (No Report) shall be recorded temporarily on the Student History; and

(b) the Dean may give the Course Director a grace period, for submission of the grade and the written evaluation, that shall not extend beyond two weeks from the date the grade was originally due; and

(c) if at the end of the grace period the Course Director has still not submitted the grade and written evaluation the student shall be so notified by the Office of Student and Academic Services and the student may, at any time up to the end of the sixth week of classes in the term next following that in which the course was taken, submit to the Office of Student and Academic Services a written certification that, to the best of the student's knowledge, the student has fulfilled the requirements of the course, in which event the Office of Student and Academic Services shall enter the grade of P (Pass) on the Student History, and if the student fails to exercise this privilege the Office of Student and Academic Services shall enter the symbol W (Withdrawn).

C6.17 In the case of an FES graduate course for which a student has received the grade of I (Incomplete) if, on the relevant date established in regulation C4.21 above, the Course Director has not reported a change of grade from I (Incomplete) to P (Pass) or U (Unsatisfactory) or has not submitted a written evaluation, or both, then the Office of Student and Academic Services shall enter on the Student History the grade of U (Unsatisfactory) for that course.

C6.18 In the case of a course offered outside FES and taken by an FES graduate student if, on the date set for submission of course grade reports or on the date set for changing the grade of I (Incomplete), the instructor of the course has not submitted a grade for that student, the symbol NR (No Report) shall be recorded temporarily on the Student History and if the instructor fails to report a grade by the end of classes in the term next following that in which the course was taken the student may, at any time up to the close of that term, submit to the Office of Student and Academic Services a written certification that the student has, to the best of the student's knowledge, fulfilled the requirements of the course in which case the symbol NR (No Report) shall remain permanently on the Student History and the Committee of Instruction shall determine whether that course is creditable toward the degree for that student. If the student fails to exercise this privilege, the Office of Student and Academic Services shall enter the symbol W (Withdrawn) for that student for that course.

End of Section C

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.