Some of the policies UFV has established are listed below. For a complete list of UFV policies please see UFV's online policy manual.
For more information about UFV regulations inquire at the Office of the Registrar or Student Services.
UFV collects and maintains personal information used for the purposes of admission, registration, and other fundamental activities related to being a member of the UFV community and attending a public post-secondary institution in the Province of British Columbia. In signing an application for admission, all applicants are advised that the information they provide and any other information placed into their student record will be protected and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [RSBC 1996]. Requests for access to information under the Act should be directed to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office.
Students should be aware that information about a student cannot be released to a third party, including a parent, without written, signed consent from the student or a valid court order.
UFV will share information with government agencies for statistical purposes, and will respond to requests for access to records according to provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The B.C. Provincial Education number (PEN) is required for research into student participation. Students' personal information provided on the application form is used to verify or assign a PEN. Any personal information collected for research purposes will be disseminated in non-identifiable form.
Student names, addresses, telephone numbers, and ID numbers will be shared with the Student Union Society to assist in the delivery of services and the conduct of elections. Names and addresses of graduates are shared with the UFV Alumni Association.
To ensure that no unauthorized person can obtain access to a student's records, students are expected to keep their UFV student numbers private and confidential. Students will be required to set a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to use student web services. It should be kept safe and secure. Students are responsible for any transactions made using their student number and PIN.
For additional information about the University's obligations under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, please contact the University's Information Privacy Office at ufv.ca/informationprivacy.
UFV requires student behaviour to conform to that normally expected of university students in an educational setting. Students are required to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, consistent with the University mission, policies, and regulations and in compliance with federal, provincial, and municipal laws. Students will be held accountable for their actions whether acting alone or in a group. Failure by students to maintain a satisfactory standard of conduct may result in disciplinary action. For more information see UFV's Student Non-Academic Conduct policy (204).
Members of the University community are expected to carry out their scholarly work with honesty, to meet the highest ethical standards, to respect the facts and appropriate standards of evidence, and to acknowledge the contributions and scholarship of others. As members of the University community, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate academic conduct. They are responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in a group.
The University will vigorously investigate allegations of academic misconduct, while taking all reasonable steps to protect the rights and interests of individuals whose work or performance is questioned. For more information see UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70).
Under UFV policy BRP-201.02 and Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Prevention policy (18), harassment is defined as behaviour that includes any inappropriate conduct or comment (including electronic) by a person who knew or reasonably ought to have known that the behaviour would cause humiliation or intimidation. Harassment excludes interpersonal conflict and any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of employees or the workplace, any reasonable action taken by an Instructor relating to the management of the classroom and assignment of work, or action where the harm by any objective standard is fleeting.
Harassment includes behaviour directed towards another person that is abusive or demeaning, including a direct or indirect reference to a prohibited ground of discrimination, and would be viewed by a reasonable person experiencing the behaviour as interfering with the person’s participation in a university-related activity or as creating an intimidating, humiliating or hostile environment.
For additional information about UFV's Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Prevention policy, please contact the University's Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Office on the Abbotsford Campus at 604-864-4660, firstname.lastname@example.org, or ufv.ca/hrcro.
A full course load for an undergraduate student is normally five courses per semester. Students are encouraged to enrol in not more than five courses per semester and may not enrol in more than 20 credits of coursework per semester without prior permission. Some university-level programs, such as Engineering Transfer, require an overload. Please refer to the Course Loads, Academic Program policy (63).
In order to earn a UFV certificate, diploma, or degree, a student must complete at least 25% of the required credits for the credential at UFV. Some programs require 50% or more of the required credits be completed at UFV. Programs may also specify that a minimum number of upper-level credits be completed at UFV. Please refer to the program information in this calendar for further information. Transfer credits and credits earned through prior learning assessment, including course challenge, do not meet this requirement.
Note: This policy is under review.
Students who have already completed a degree at the bachelor's level may be granted an additional bachelor's degree provided that the principal areas of study of the two degrees are different, and that the student has met the program requirements. No more than 75% of the credits required for the additional degree may be applied from any previous degree (this is under review). At least 30 upper-level (300-400) credits for the subsequent degree must be taken at UFV.
See UFV's Subsequent Degree policy (98) for more information.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular program review and/or consultation with the appropriate department.
UFV recognizes a student's graduation by awarding a degree, diploma, or certificate. Students must apply for graduation by completing a request to graduate form at the Office of the Registrar. This may be done once a student is registered in the final semester of the program. Students must apply to graduate no later than April 1, with program requirements completed by April 30, to be eligible for graduation the following June. There is a $25 graduation fee. Applications received between April 2 and April 22 are subject to a $75 graduation fee. Requests for graduation will not be accepted after April 22 for the current convocation year.
Students who intend to use credit from other institutions to meet graduation requirements for a UFV credential, need to apply for transfer credit at least three to four months before applying to graduate.
Graduation requirements for a program may change over time. Your graduation requirements for a program, major, or minor will be determined by the academic year in which you are formally admitted to the program or formally declare the major or minor. You will not be permitted to graduate using requirements that were in place prior to formal admittance.
Convocation ceremonies are held in the second week of June. The date, time, and location of the ceremonies is available online at ufv.ca/convocation.
Students must apply to graduate by April 1. There is a $25 graduation fee, plus a regalia rental fee. Applications received between April 2 and April 22 are subject to a $75 graduation fee. Regalia should be ordered online prior to the ceremony; see ufv.ca/convocation for details or email email@example.com.
The Dean's List recognizes those university students who achieve a high academic standard. It is prepared at the end of each semester.
To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must:
The designation "Graduated with Distinction" recognizes those university students who have maintained a high academic standard throughout their course of studies.
To be eligible, a student must: