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Common Course Policies

The collection of policies below is common to all ADMS and DEMS undergraduate courses.

Check your course outlines: Students should always consult the course outline and course website for their course(s), as the first place for course-specific information and polices. The outline, readings, components, deadlines, and policies vary from course to course, and often vary between sections of the same course.  Students bear the responsibility for keeping up with the outline, policies and materials covered in the section in which they are registered.

Check course outlines

For course specific dates, information and policies.

Times and Deadlines: Note that times and deadlines in course outlines/website are normally stated in Toronto/Eastern time.  Students who are taking a course remotely from a different time zone, are encouraged to pay close attention to times/dates. 

Check deadlines

Times and deadlines in course outlines are normally stated in Toronto/Eastern time.


When contacting their Course Director (professor/instructor) via email, students are asked to include their course number (e.g., ADMS1000) and section (e.g., “A”) in the subject line of the message.  Also include in the subject line a brief description of the inquiry.  Students are asked to identify themselves with their full name and student number in the subject line or the body of the message.

Students are reminded to maintain standards of academic integrity to the highest extent possible.  Common examples of breaches of academic honesty and integrity include cheating, plagiarism, falsification, and aiding and abetting others in such activities.  Please familiarize yourself with the meaning of academic integrity at York by completing the interactive online Tutorial for students.

York University and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies considers breaches of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty to be serious matters. As per the Policy, “The Senate Policy on Academic Honesty is an affirmation and clarification for members of the University of the general obligation to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty”. Please familiarize yourself with York’s Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.

Suspected breaches of academic honesty will be investigated and pursued; significant penalties will be applied when a breach has been found to have occurred. 

Following these simple rules will help you avoid breaches of academic honesty:

  • Complete your work well in advance of the deadline
  • Write your entire work yourself (each and every word!) from the ground up
  • DO NOT: “consult” others or search online for “ideas”
  • DO NOT use tutoring or editing services to prepare your work

Turnitin or other tools: To promote academic integrity in this course, students will normally be required to submit their written work through Turnitin (via the course eClass) for a review of textual similarity and the detection of possible plagiarism. In so doing, students will allow their material to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used only for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of the Turnitin service are described on the website.

Accommodation and support for students with learning, mental health, physical, sensory, or medical disabilities is guided by the principles laid out in York’s Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.

Students who seek such accommodation for their academic studies must be registered with Student Accessibility Services.  This office arranges for academic accommodations and provides support to students with documented disabilities on the Keele Campus.  Registered students will receive a Letter of Accommodation (LOA), outlining the recommended accommodation that would be appropriate. 

Once registered with Student Accessibility Services, students are responsible to provide their LOA to the course director (professor/instructor) at the start of the term or as soon as it becomes available.  Please note that sufficient notice is needed so that reasonable steps for accommodation can be made. Accommodations provided shall be consistent with the guidelines established in York’s policy, preserving the academic integrity of the curriculum and the academic standards of courses and programs. 

If the accommodation is provided through the Alternate Exam office, please follow the timeline and procedures of that office in a timely fashion.  Most quiz/test/exam support requires that the student book a minimum of 3 weeks in advance.

York University is committed to respecting the religious beliefs and practices of all members of the community and making accommodations for observances of special significance to adherents. Students seeking religious accommodation should pursue their request in timely fashion.  For deadlines and additional information on religious accommodation, please review York's Religious Accommodation guidelines.

Deferred standing may be granted to students who are unable to write their FINAL examination at the scheduled time (due to illness or other extenuating circumstances) or who are unable to submit their outstanding course work by the end of the term.

Deferred standing requests for ADMS and DEMS courses should follow the procedure and registration outlined on the School’s online registration system. The system will issue a ticket number.

Requests should be emailed to the main office of the School of Administrative Studies ( no later than seven (7) days from date of the final exam (or from the last date to submit term course work, for any request to defer a component other than the final exam).  Requests should include your ticket number as issued by the online registration system, a completed Deferred Standing Agreement form (DSA) and relevant supporting documentation.  Note: As communicated on March 13, 2020, Senate Executive has waived until further notice the requirement for students to submit an Attending Physician’s Statement in support of a request for deferred standing or petitions.

Requests will be considered on their merit and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Decisions will be made available on the online portal. No individualized communication will be sent by the School to students (no letter or e-mails).

For all undergraduate courses, except those which regularly meet on Friday evening or on a weekend, tests or exams worth more than 20% will not be held in the two weeks prior to the beginning of the official examination period. For further information, review York's policy on the 20% Rule.

After course grades have been released, students may, with sufficient academic grounds, request that a final grade in a course be reappraised (which may mean the review of specific pieces of tangible work).  Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals; in such cases, students are advised to petition to their home Faculty. Tangible work may include written, graphic, digitized, modeled, video recording or audio recording formats, but not oral work. Students need to be aware that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered or confirmed. 

Students in ADMS and DEMS courses should first check for course-specific policies in their course outline regarding the steps for reappraisal.   In the absence of course-specific policies, students are normally expected to first contact the course director to discuss the grade received and to request that their tangible work be reviewed.  Formal reappraisals of final course grades (including final exams viewing) should be sent through the main office of the School of Administrative Studies at

Deadlines for follow-up reappraisal procedures are provided by the Office of the Registrar.