Rights and Responsibilities
You are responsible for reviewing the complete George Brown College Academic Policies, Guidelines and Codes of Conduct. You can access this information online or at a campus Library Learning Commons.
Behaviour on Campus/Disciplinary Action
- As a student of George Brown College, you are a member of a complex community and, as such, are required to obey the laws of the country, the province and the city; to observe the rules of the college; and to conduct yourself within commonly accepted standards of behaviour.
- Dishonesty, misconduct, disruption of the academic environment, destruction of property, fraud, misdemeanours, other offences against persons or things, failure to abide by the various regulations of the institution or failure to respect the rights of others cannot be tolerated in the George Brown community, which is dedicated to the development of mature and responsible individuals.
- You are responsible for your own actions at all times. Ignorance of the rules or of the law is not a defence against disciplinary action. Lack of intention to violate College policy will not generally excuse an infraction.
- George Brown College reserves the right at all times and at any time to discipline, suspend, expel, place terms or conditions upon or refuse admission or registration to any individual whose action or influence is considered contrary to college policies. Disciplinary actions may become part of an individual's permanent academic record.
- Individuals posing a risk of harm to others – in the classroom, elsewhere on campus or in the context of a field or clinical placement – will initially be dealt with in accordance with College policy and then disciplined if appropriate and applicable.
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
- The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1987) provides a person with a legal right to access certain records and personal information that is under the control of institutions. This act also protects the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information held by institutions.
- The personal information on the college registration form (online or in print) is collected under the legal authority of Section 2 of the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002. The information is used by the college for administrative and statistical purposes, including (but not limited to) admissions, registration and record maintenance; awards and scholarships; administrative functions of Alumni Relations, (which may include affinity relationships with those providing services to Alumni via companies that offer discounts to Alumni only) and other forms of fundraising; and the George Brown College Foundation (fundraising, awards and scholarships), and by the ministries or agencies of the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. This information is being collected under section 38 (2) and section 39 (2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Ontario.
- If you have any questions or concerns in this area, contact the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator at 416-415-5000, ext. 4646.
Health and Safety
- To promote the health and safety of students and staff as well as the cleanliness of the buildings, George Brown College has adopted firm rules regarding its campuses. These include no eating or drinking (except water) in classrooms; no animals (except for Seeing Eye or Hearing Ear dogs); and no in-line skates (e.g., Rollerblades), bicycles or other vehicles in College buildings. (All campuses have approved bicycle storage areas.)
- Insurance regulations prevent you from bringing children into classes or leaving them unsupervised in libraries or other common areas.
- In accordance with City of Toronto By-law No. 23-88 and the Smoke-free Ontario Act, George Brown College is a smoke-free environment.
- Learn about our Safe Walk Program, or for information about our emergency procedures, refer to Security and Emergency Procedures.
Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment
- George Brown College is one of the most diverse colleges in Canada and is committed to promoting and providing an equitable environment for students and employees. It encourages community access and participation in all aspects of college life. The George Brown College Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment Policy talks about these commitments and identifies rights and responsibilities for all members of the college community. The full text of the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment Policy can be found on the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services web page.
- The rights of all college members are protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and George Brown College policies and procedures. Copies of these documents are available in every Library Learning Commons at the college.
- George Brown College has strict policies that prohibit discrimination or harassment in any form based on race, colour, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, ancestry, creed, sex, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, record of offences, being in receipt of public assistance and socio-economic class. If you feel harassed or discriminated against by staff, faculty, administration or other students, you should keep careful notes about the incident and contact the department chair, the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services advisors at 416‑415‑5000, ext. 4609, ext. 4646, ext. 4715 or ext. 6670, or security. The College is prepared to take steps to prevent incidents of harassment or discrimination. Counselling is also available through the Student Affairs Department at 416-415-5000, ext. 2107 (St. James) or ext. 4585 (Casa Loma).