University of Guelph 2001-2002 Undergraduate Calendar

XIV--General Information

Centres and Institutes

Centre For International Programs

The Centre for International Programs, the first of its kind in Canada, aims to facilitate, stimulate and support a continuously growing range of University involvement in international activities. This goal is accomplished by developing and maintaining contacts with university partners around the world, supporting study abroad programs, and providing liaison with government agencies, private sector companies and non-governmental organizations. The Centre promotes development cooperation partnerships with developing countries, provides information on international opportunities and resources to students and faculty, and provides support for international students and manages the University's student exchange programs. The Centre contributes to university policy on internationalization and serves as a focal point for links with other universities, government agencies, and private sector firms wishing to cooperate with the university in international activities.

Computing and Communications Services

Computing and Communications Services (CCS) is committed to providing high quality information technology infrastructure and service in support of the learning, teaching, research, and administrative goals of the University.

CCS offers computing and communications front line assistance and information to the student community through phone support, personal consultation, and our web site at

CCS also offers you a wide range of helpful services including complimentary downloads of software from the CCS web site and internet access through your own central login account. Access to email, the World Wide Web, and Netnews; appointments to solve complex PC software problems; and complimentary computer training are also provided to the student community. Additional services include campus network access from residence rooms, campus telephone services, and voicemail service; dial-up access to campus and internet services from off-campus; a central UNIX facility, data storage, High Speed Network, data backup, and recovery; and Local Area Network Administrator Services: network design, network analysis, and server administration.

CCS is located in several areas across campus, including the CCS building off Trent Lane, the Animal Science and Nutrition building, Johnston Hall, and the University Centre. CCS works in close collaboration with other major information technology service providers on campus, such as Teaching Support Services and the McLaughlin Library.

Visit for further information regarding CCS and the helpful services available to the campus community. CCS looks forward to assisting you while at the University of Guelph.

Child Care

The University of Guelph is consciously striving to provide equal opportunity for academically qualified students who are pregnant or have child care responsibilities, and to overcome barriers to full participation by such students in the University community. To this end, the University faculty and administration are sensitive to the need to assist students who are pregnant, or are parents, when unforeseen family responsibilities interfere with their educational endeavours. Students who require special consideration due to pregnancy or child care responsibilities are encouraged to speak to their course instructor or academic counsellor.

There are a number of facilities at the University of Guelph which are part of an on campus child care system designed to meet the need for child care services in the university community. The programs aim to provide a stimulating and caring environment for children while at the same time offering support to families.

The Campus Child Care Co-operative of Guelph is a registered charitable organization incorporated as a co-operative non-profit day care. The centre is located on the edge of the University campus and offers care for 62 children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years. There are full-time and part-time programs offered weekly from 07:30 - 17:30. The child care centre is a family-supportive setting governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the parent body. Parents are welcome to visit and participate in the program. The facility is open to children of OMAFRA employees, faculty, staff and students of the University and to the Guelph community. Subsidy is available for families that qualify for assistance.

For further information contact Michelle Gravett, Director at 822-1280.

The University of Guelph Child Care and Learning Centre is located on campus at the corner of East Ring Road and Arboretum Road. The Child Care and Learning Centre operates within the Division of Student Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, within the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

The Centre has three primary goals:

The Centre offers 109 child care spaces for up to 10 infants, 15 toddlers, 64 preschoolers and 20 kindergartens. Care is available for children from three months to 5 or 6 years of age on a full or part-time basis, Mondays through Fridays from 07:30 to 17:30. Parents may get involved in several ways, including membership on the Child Care Advisory Board, attending parent information meetings, observing their children at play by using the specially designed observation facilities, or by visiting their child at any point during the day. Spaces are open to faculty, staff and students of the University of Guelph and to the Guelph community. Subsidy is available for families that qualify for financial assistance. Written enquiries may be directed to: Judy Callahan, Director, Child Care Services, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, or call 824-4120 extension 2682.

Copyright Policy

When a student produces a work eligible for copyright based on research or other scholarly activity conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and the supervision of that work is a requirement of the academic program, the University, whilst acknowledging the sole copyright ownership by the student, reserves the right of access to the work.

It is a condition of engaging in the undergraduate or graduate programs at the University that the University receives a non-exclusive royalty fee license to:

Cultural Affairs

The University of Guelph promotes a wide range of activities in fine art, music and drama. These activities, some of which are integral to the teaching program of the College of Arts, are administered by the appropriate departments and schools of the College and by the Curator of Art.

Guelph Campus Cooperative

The Guelph Campus Co-op was started in 1913 by students who knew they couldn't count on others to look out for their interests. So they organized their buying power. Their biggest concerns: the availability and cost of textbooks and finding a decent place to live. Sound familiar?

Obviously a lot has changed since then. But not the principles behind the co-op. First and foremost, we're still by students for students. Students still dictate Co-op policy and our services are still focused squarely on making student life better. Perhaps most relevant to you is that we are not a profit-centred corporation. Getting more of your money is not our mandate. Saving you money is.

Guelph Campus Co-op Housing

Affordable and close to campus, the Co-op operates shared houses and apartments at below market rates. It's a better deal because our mandate is to serve students, not make big profits. Another reason it's affordable is that the deal includes your participation in the upkeep and running of your p
lace. Sound reasonable? Apply early: only a limited number of units become available each term, and the waiting list can get pretty long. Application forms are available at the Co-op office at 17 College Ave W. (across from OVC)

Co-op Bookstore

There are two bookstores on campus. Only one of them is owned by students. Where you spend your money counts. You get the lowest possible prices, and we'll always substitute good used texts when they are in stock. We'll also buy back your texts for cash any time throughout the year. When ordering, all you have to do is give us your order - in person, over the phone, or by email- and we'll get everything ready for you. We know textbooks, and we know the courses you're taking. So if you need help reviewing your course list needs, talk to us. That's part of our service.

To check your course lists on line, visit our web site at

Annual memberships are available for $10 and entitle you to a 5% discount at the Bookstore, discounts at the OVC Coffeeshop, use of Co-op resources, the right to apply for Co-op housing, and the right to vote and run for the Board of Directors. For more information call 824-4950 or email

Human Rights and Equity Office

The HREO is located at the north side of the campus at Fielding House, 15 University Avenue East. All enquiries are confidential. Office hours are Monday-Friday: 8:45 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Phone: 824-4120, ext.3000; TTY: 767- 0615; Website:

"The University of Guelph Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) is dedicated to the removal of all systemic barriers, discrimination and harassment and will engage in advocacy within the university community towards this end." (Mission Statement, Human Rights and Equity Office)

The University of Guelph prohibits harassment or discrimination in work, study, residential and university life on the basis of: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin (where you were born), ethnic background, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, marital status, and family status. In some cases, discrimination includes unfair treatment on the basis of the receipt of public assistance or a pardoned criminal offense.

The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act, as well as the University's Sexual and Gender Harassment Policy and Procedure and Interim Human Rights Procedure, prohibit harassment or discrimination on the basis of these grounds. The University of Guelph is currently developing a comprehensive human rights policy and complaints procedure to integrate and replace these existing policies and procedures.

The University's human rights policies and complaint procedures are available on the HREO Web Page at:


Harassment is defined as any attention or conduct (oral, written, graphic or physical) by an individual or group who knows, or ought reasonably to know, that such attention or conduct is unwelcome/unwanted, offensive or intimidating.

Discrimination is defined as the denial of equal treatment, civil liberties, and/or opportunity to a group or member of the group on the basis of: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic background, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status and, in some cases, receipt of public assistance or a pardoned criminal offense. Discrimination may be systemic wherein the policies and practices that have become standard in established institutions appear to be neutral but result in the exclusion of certain groups.

Inquiries and Complaints

Members of the University community (including students, staff and faculty) have the right to seek confidential advice and information about concerns or complaints regarding harassment or discrimination. The HREO may assist individuals to resolve complaints by serving as a resource to the parties involved, providing mediation, or facilitating the University's human rights concern and complaint resolution procedures.

In addition, any party may consult with the HREO regarding an administrative, managerial or curriculum decision which may relate to a human rights or equity issue. The HREO also provides human rights education and training and works in partnership with the University constituents on matters of educational and employment equity.


The HREO provides the following services to members of the University:

Information on Teaching Certificates

Students contemplating a teaching career are advised to contact the appropriate Faculty of Education to determine the subjects, credits, and grades necessary for admission. Information on all of the Faculties of Education in Ontario, as well as those in other Canadian provinces and some international schools is available in the Career Centre, Level 3, U.C. Applications for admission to Ontario Faculties of Education are available in the Career Centre. Letters of enquiry should be addressed to one of the following:

International Students

The University of Guelph invites international students to apply for admission to our undergraduate and graduate programs. Financial awards and research grants are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

The University supports the presence, and values the contribution of, international students in the cross-cultural learning and global understanding of the academic community and the City of Guelph.

Inventions Policy

In the course of completing their degree requirements, undergraduate or graduate students may discover or help discover technology which might be patentable and/or have the possibility for commercial development. Any student who suspects this might be the case should, without delay, contact his or her research supervisor, if appropriate, and the Office of Research. Although the rights to such inventions are owned by the University, a student who is an inventor or co-inventor would share in any revenues earned by the invention according to the University's Invention Policy.



The University's collection of books, journals, documents, maps, microforms, films, video and audio materials is administered in the McLaughlin Library building, located in the centre of the campus, and in a branch in the Ontario Veterinary College. The collection consists of more than 2.1 million equivalent volumes and is increasing at the rate of 50-60,000 per year. In addition, the library has over 12,000 audio-visual holdings (audio recordings, films and video tapes) and over 70,000 maps. Access to these materials and the collections at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University is available through the TRELLIS system.


The collection is housed in a modern building, considered among the best in Canada. In a pleasant air conditioned atmosphere all students and faculty have open access to the collection. Both individual and group study facilities are provided. Presentation of the non transferable University Card is required each time a book is borrowed from the Library. This card also provides University of Guelph users borrowing privileges at all other Ontario university libraries.

Each holder of a University of Guelph or special borrower card is fully responsible for all Library material borrowed using that card.

Library staff is available to offer help in the use of a wide range of paper and electronic information resources. Orientation tours and instructional classes in the use of the Library are available.

Photocopying machines are located throughout the Library. Please refer to the Library's information sheet 'Copyright Guidelines'.

Regulations and Hours

A series of leaflets detailing library privileges, services, regulations and hours may be obtained on the First Floor of the Library.

For more information about the Library and its services visit or


OPIRG-G (Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Guelph) is a part of a provincial network of research, popular education, and action organizations. OPIRG works on a variety of environmental and social issues acting as a bridge between the campus and community. Projects include co-founding the Guelph Roundtable on Environment and Economy, the Speed River Cleanup and producing the Community Events Listing. Working groups of OPIRG raise awareness of such issues as political prisoners worldwide, sustainable food growing practices, and the destruction of old-growth forests. OPIRG-G maintains a Resource Centre with books, documents, periodicals, and videos that students can access. The Research for Credit program allows students to apply their course work to community projects. Volunteer opportunities include working groups, the Resource Centre or special events and projects. Core funding (supplemented by grants and donations) is provided per semester through full-time student fees: $4.72 for undergraduates and $4.64 for graduates. The fee is refundable for the first fifteen days of the semester. OPIRG (ext. 2129 or 824-2091) is located at 1 Trent Lane. OPIRG-Guelph can be reached by email at

Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP)

Under the ROTP, undergraduates who are successful applicants, are enrolled as Officer Cadets in the Canadian Forces. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and pass pre-enrolment tests. Application may be made prior to entrance, or at any time prior to the last year of university studies. Applications are processed through Canadian Forces Recruiting Centres. For more information contact the local Recruiting Centre at 1-800-856-8488.

Student Computing

Students are encouraged to purchase or arrange access to a computer for general computing needs, including word processing and spreadsheet applications. The computing environment on campus is primarily Windows. Laser printing facilities are available in several areas on campus.

Whether you are off campus or in residence, Computing and Communications Services can help you. Central computing accounts provide access to the Internet and instructional software. You will enjoy access to e-mail and the Web, increasingly important educational tools. All residence rooms can be connected to the campus fibre-optic network, providing you with Internet access that is vastly faster than the best modems.

You can access your account from many of the over 1,000 campus microcomputers or via your own computer and modem. To get started, you can access the CCS Web site,, for information and help. Training seminars are available to introduce you to the major software packages and applications. CCS offers walk-in help, a support hot line and laser printing facilities.

Student Life


The University of Guelph offers students an excellent opportunity to combine academic pursuits with an athletics program of their choice. A quality athletics program is available to complement any student's leisure hours.

For skilled and competitive student athletes dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, men's and women's intercollegiate programs are offered. The men's and women's teams compete in 13 team and individual sports in the OUA (Ontario University Athletics). The Gryphons also compete nationally in CIAU (Canadian Inter University Athletics Union) competition. Prospective Intercollegiate athletes are urged to telephone the Department of Athletics, University of Guelph, Extension 6134 for more information.

The Department of Athletics offers a multitude of on campus recreational opportunities to all members of the University community. These on campus programs cover four general areas: competitive intramurals, instruction, sports clubs, and free time recreation. They are geared to all levels of skill and interest.

The competitive intramural programs encourage groups of students: men, women and co-ed to "get together" in an enjoyable competitive setting at their own skill level. Popular men's leagues are softball, soccer, touch football, hockey, basketball and volleyball. Current women's programs offer touch football, basketball, volleyball and ice hockey. Co-ed leagues which have shown the greatest expansion in recent years include: slow pitch, softball, volleyball, basketball, broomball and inner tube water polo. Several one day tournament activities are also offered.

Close to thirty different activities are offered in the instructional framework. Most of these programs are introductory in nature, providing participants with a foundation to continue these activities in future years. Dance programs, fitness, and racquet sports are very popular areas of the instructional program.

Some of the sports clubs fostered and encouraged by the Athletics Department are: cycling, archery, skating, baseball, and climbing.

Outdoor facilities include tennis courts, ball diamonds and six playing fields, four of which are lighted.

A great number of opportunities are available for individuals to schedule their personal recreational interests. Swimming, skating, squash, tennis and gymnasium activities are popular daily while many take advantage of available fitness, jogging and weight training programs.

All on campus programs are scheduled and begin early each semester. Students should consult the "RecreAction" brochure, or the Department of Athletics, at the beginning of the semester for further information.

The University recently opened a new twin pad arena, a new gymnasium and five new international squash courts as well as new, improved weight and training rooms. A new 25 M, 8 lane swimming pool with adjacent whirlpool and sun deck was opened in August 1993.

The Counselling and Student Resource Centre

The Counselling and Student Resource Centre offers support to students in their learning and personal development.

Because learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, we encourage students to take part in the following programs and services:

Campus Ministry is a multi-faith service providing pastoral care and worship services. This group of religious persons, representing major world religions, sponsors programs related to agriculture, feminism, justice and spirituality. An interfaith resource centre is open to students.

Career Services offers many different programs and services designed to assist students in planning for their careers after graduation. The Career Centre contains information about the world of work, from determining a career goal to writing a resume. Career counselling and resume and interview consultations are also available. Also part-time and summer jobs are advertised. Students looking for full-time employment after graduation can make use of the extensive job boards.

The Centre for Students With Disabilities assists students with disabilities by providing counselling and support, arranging appropriate classroom and exam accommodations and promoting greater awareness and understanding of disability issues in the university community.

The Citizenship Development Program is committed to ensuring that a focus on democracy and citizenship is introduced into campus activities, and that students are exposed to a broad range of curricular and co-curricular experiences which enhance citizenship development.

The Community Involvement Centre (formerly CCLIP) promotes involvement within the University community and lends support to those already involved in campus activities. The Centre maintains a comprehensive data base of involvement opportunities, a range of resource materials, a library of leadership and involvement literature, videos, and general information. The Centre, located on the first floor of Raithby House, is open from 10am-4pm daily.

The Connection Desk, centrally located on the third floor of the University Centre, is a place to ask questions about any aspect of student life.

Contact Help and Safety Line is an after-hours phone line available to all members of the University community. Trained volunteers offer support and referral services to callers. All calls are confidential and anonymous. The Contact Line is open from 6:00 pm to 12:00 midnight every day.

The Co-operative Education program gives students the opportunity to combine academic and work experience in a wide variety of subject areas.

Counselling Services offers professional counselling to help students deal with personal or psychological problems in order to foster personal and academic growth. Both individual and group counselling therapy are provided.

The Info Desk is a visitor reception and information service conveniently located on the first floor of the University Centre. Its team of Peer Helpers can assist visitors, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University with a range of on-campus and community inquiries.

Learning and Writing Services provides information, assistance and support to students, faculty, GTA's and staff concerned with improving and enhancing student learning and writing.

The Peer Helper Program encourages student participation and leadership in the university community through involvement in a range of Peer Helper placements which are intentionally designed to foster student learning and development.

Raithby House Drop-in volunteers provide personal support, information , a listening ear and referrals on an informal drop-in basis. Any member of the university community is welcome to use the Drop-In when they wish to talk to someone or wish information. Raithby House Drop-In is staffed by trained student volunteers. The Wellness Centre has a satellite in The House where information on a wide variety of issues related to personal wellness can be found. The House Drop-In is open every day from 6:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. You will see The House flag flying when we are open.

The Student Leadership Program aids students in preparing for leadership roles and responsibilities in the campus community and society-at-large. This is accomplished through a range of regular training events and activities, individual consultations, specialized workshops, resource materials and support.

Office of the Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs

The Associate Vice President, Student Affairs, is concerned with the quality of student life at the University of Guelph. This includes addressing the needs of individual students through specific student services programs and working as partners with faculty and others to ensure that the total University environment is conducive to intellectual and personal growth.

The Office of Student Affairs is located in the University Centre, Level 4. As the senior administrative officer for the Student Affairs Division, the Associate V.P. (Student Affairs) is responsible for overall management of the Departments of Athletics, the Counselling and Student Resource Centre, Student Health Services, Student Housing Services, the Child Care and Learning Centre and, in partnership with the A.V.P Academic, the Office of First Year Studies.

Student Affairs' Units provide learning opportunities and support services to help students achieve their goals, in the context of the University's learning objectives, and be effective contributors in society and the global community. Student Affairs staff are committed to helping students by promoting a sense of personal responsibility and self-reliance, in addition to assisting in specific problem-solving activities.

Student Government

Central Student Association

The more than 12,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate students at the University of Guelph are represented by the Central Student Association -- the official student association which is elected by all undergraduate students every year. When you pay your student fee ($14.00 which is collected when you pay your tuition, and which also happens to be the lowest in Canada), you become a voting member of your student association. The C.S.A. receives its direction from a 32- member Board of Directors which is comprised of:

The C.S.A. has a three fold purpose:


The Central Student Association, in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Students, and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, work to ensure that the rights of students are heard at all levels. Everyone knows that there is strength in numbers. That's why the C.S.A. is the voice for all undergraduate students at the University of Guelph. The C.S.A. works to provide change when the rights of students are being infringed upon.


The Central Student Association represents all University of Guelph undergraduate students to the provincial and federal governments, the University Administration, the Board of Governors, the Senate, City Council, the Guelph Transit Commission, and various standing committees, task forces, and commissions, as they arise. This is done to ensure that all of the rights of students are maintained in all decision-making bodies.


Entertainment and Activities: movies, speakers, concerts ... student academic appeals, orientation, faxing, photocopying, and over 70 clubs to join. The C.S.A. provides opportunities for you to expand beyond the world of formal academics by providing services that make student life at this University less cumbersome and a lot more fun!

The Central Student Association is located on the 2nd floor of the University Centre, Room 242. The phone extension is 6748, the email address is and the website is located at The day-to-day operations of the Central Student Association are coordinated by the six executive and 4 staff members. Executive members can be contacted at the following on-campus extensions and email addresses:

Academic Commissioner - - x6742

External Commissioner - - x8328

Local Affairs Commissioner - - x4407

Operations and Finance Commissioner - - x4408

Spokesperson - - x6376

Student Life Commissioner - - x6743

Canadian Federation of Students

The C.F.S. is the national voice of students, representing more than 400,000 students across the country. The C.F.S. lobbies the provincial government for changes which are aimed at making post-secondary education more accessible to all students. They provide research documents, campaigns, and services for all members across the country.

Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

The C.F.S.-O. is the provincial voice of students, representing more than 200,000 students across the province. The C.F.S.-O. lobbies the provincial government for changes which are aimed at making post-secondary education more accessible to all students. They provide research documents, campaigns, and services for all members across the province.

Other Student Groups

Other important groups on campus include Interhall, the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. All of the above organizations combine to make Guelph one of the most active campuses in the country. We hope that you continue in that tradition, and come on up to the C.S.A. office (University Centre 274) or give us a call at extension 6748. Remember that your education does not end when class is over. So make a difference in your university experience by getting involved with your student association.

Student Health Services

This medical clinic, located in the Powell Building across from the Twin Pad Arena, provides service to all students and their families.

Student Health Services provide acute intervention, and continuing medical care for any health related problem. Student Health Services is also involved in health education and preventive medicine through the activities of the Wellness Centre, and numerous peer helpers and volunteers. Student Health Services can provide a family physician or will work in co-operation with the student's family physician and with consulting physicians within the area.

It is compulsory to have OHIP or to participate in a provincial health care program or be covered by other health insurance (such as UHIP). In addition, Student Health Insurance with Mutual Life is provided within the student fee structure to defray costs for prescription drugs and other medical/dental benefits for all full and part-time students.

Student Health Services is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays and Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General enquiries and appointments please call ext. 2131. A doctor is on call for emergencies at all times when the clinic is closed and can be contacted by calling 823-7120.

Student Housing Services

Living on Campus

Student Housing Service wants you to feel that residence is your home; a place where you can study, develop lasting friendships, become involved in University activities, or just relax. Each building has a staff of professional Residence Managers and para-professional Residence Assistants. They are there to meet you in September, introduce you to others in the building, and act as resource people throughout the year.

Residence living is convenient. A full range of services is provided to residence students. Each room comes completely furnished and includes a telephone and voicemail. Located near each room are lounges, study rooms, and kitchenettes. The residences are equipped with laundry facilities, game rooms, and music rooms. Renowned for its excellence in food service, Guelph provides 14 different on campus food facilities including dining halls, an extensive food court, relaxing coffee houses, a sports lounge and a variety of convenience shops. Classrooms, the library, athletic facilities, administration offices, and buildings where social activities are held are just a short walk away across a beautiful campus.

A variety of living accommodations are available: quiet areas, co- educational and all-female residence halls including buildings and programs primarily for entering students, another of self contained suites, modern townhouses and 2 sites for students with families. Buildings range in size from those for 50 people, to a unique residence complex which houses almost 1,800 students in small living units.

The University of Guelph has several unique living learning centres: residences with a special theme. La Maison Francaise is for students interested in the French language and culture. Arts House is for those interested in artistic pursuits and cultural events. At International House, Canadian and international students share a common interest in international issues and cultural exchanges. Eco House is dedicated to learning about environmental issues such as recycling, composting, resource conservation and using knowledge to promote change.

Most new single students entering semester one in the Fall semester are assured of residence accommodation if they submit their residence application and deposit by the published deadline (date changes year to year, contact Student Housing Services). Although students applying for the winter semester receive priority for accommodation, space is almost always available. Applicants should submit their residence applications without delay after being admitted to the University.

All students applying for the Spring semester are assured of accommodation if their residence applications are received by the start of the semester.

The above dates and conditions are subject to change; complete residence application information will be included in the acceptance package from the University.

Family Housing

Accommodations for students with families are available in 340 apartment and townhouse units located on two sites near the west end of the campus. With reasonable rents and a strong sense of community, these facilities are in very high demand. If you are considering applying for Family Housing, please contact the Family Housing Office (ext. 2551) without delay.

Off Campus Housing

Not all of our new students live in residence; some prefer the increased privacy and autonomy of living in the neighbouring community. Student Housing Services operates the Off Campus Housing Office, which maintains listings of various types of accommodation in the Guelph area. The office can help you with where and when to look for housing, can advise or make referrals on landlord/ tenant issues, and has information that can make your housing search, and getting settled in, easier. Listings can be viewed at

Further Information

For further information on individual residences and application procedures, please refer to the University of Guelph Admissions Handbook or contact Student Housing Services, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1. Telephone: (519)824-4120, extension 8701. Fax: (519) 767-1670. E-mail: Web site:

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student membership at the University of Guelph is associated with fundamental rights and responsibilities intended to maintain the integrity of the University as a community for learning. Staff, faculty and students co-operate to sustain an educational environment that promotes individual learning and development. The University is responsible for providing the resources and opportunities that the students require to succeed.

The Student Rights and Responsibilities brochure outlines the basis of conduct considered to be consistent with the goals and wellbeing of the University community and describes the process in place to review reported incidents of misconduct. The code of conduct was developed collaboratively by students, staff and faculty and is regularly reviewed by the entire University community.

As a student you have the RIGHT to access the Judicial system if a violation of this policy has occurred, whether that violation has occurred on or off campus provided that the violation affects your ability to use and enjoy university facilities.

University Community Principles

The University of Guelph is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the dissemination of knowledge; the intellectual, social, moral and physical development of its members; and the betterment of society (University of Guelph Act, 1964). These overall goals commit us to three central values:

Student Regulations

The University accepts that you are able to make responsible decisions regarding your own moral and social behaviour. The purpose of these regulations is to provide for an environment that supports personal and intellectual growth. These regulations are intended to recognize your rights as a student and the rights of others, while also identifying certain responsibilities of students that are a part of the exercise of these rights.

For purposes of these regulations, a student is a person registered in an undergraduate or graduate program proceeding toward a degree, a diploma or a certificate at the University of Guelph, or otherwise taking credit or non-credit courses offered by the University.

Judicial Processes

Every student has a right to a full and fair hearing, by an impartial tribunal, of the merits of any charge brought against him or her under these regulations. Every student who is charged with a non-academic offence has a right to present a full and complete defence, and to be accompanied by an advisor (or legal counsel) at any hearing of the charge against him/her. Students charged are presumed innocent until found guilty on the basis of evidence presented, using the balance of probabilities as the standard of proof. The University has devised a non-academic process which provides for appropriate disciplinary penalties to be imposed. These penalties may include fines (up to $500), probationary periods, warnings and, in extreme cases, a recommendation to the President for suspension or expulsion.

The President or designate may implement an interim suspension if, in his/her opinion, a student's conduct raises a reasonable apprehension of harm to the student or to others in the University community, or the normal functioning of the University. A Judicial proceeding will be undertaken as soon as possible to allow for a hearing of the case and, in any event, no longer than fourteen (14) working days from the laying of the charge.

The Judicial Committee at the main campus and each Regional College has the authority to enforce these regulations if a breach of the regulations occurs off-campus which affects the rights of the members of the University community to use and enjoy University facilities.

University Committees

The Senate Committee on Student Petitions, and the Appeal Board at each Regional College, assess and dispose of academic appeals, including appeals to decisions on academic misconduct, by students registered at the University of Guelph.

Each Judicial Committee is an appointed Tribunal of students and faculty which hears reported incidents of student behaviour that represent alleged infractions of the student regulations. The Judicial Committee may also act as an appeal body to hear appeals regarding actions or penalties of an non-academic nature imposed by a University of Guelph department or Regional College where there is no other existing appeal process.

Decisions of a Judicial Committee may be appealed to the Hearing Board. The Hearing/Appeal Board is a student/faculty tribunal appointed from a roster of candidates, based on recommendations from the Colleges. The Board hears appeals from decisions of the Judicial Committee when one or more of the grounds for appeal are satisfied.

Further information on the Judicial process or the Petitions process may be obtained from the Judicial Officer, Senate Secretariat, 4th floor, University Centre, at ext. 3116.

Further information and additional copies of the Student Rights and Responsibilities document are available from the Office of Student Affairs, 4th floor, University Centre, at ext. 3868.

Comments on the document and specific suggestions for amendments or additions to the student regulations are welcome at any time and should be referred to the Office of Student Affairs.

Students With Disabilities

The University of Guelph is committed to creating a barrier-free environment. We feel that providing services for students with disabilities is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and administration. This relationship is based on respect of individual rights, the dignity of the individual and the University community's shared commitment to an open, supportive learning environment.

The CSD is staffed with special needs advisors, a learning disabilities specialist and administrative support. Our services are complemented by Peer Helpers and volunteers who provide one-to-one assistance. When necessary, referrals are made to other services such as personal counselling, career counselling and stress management.

Admission Procedures

The University of Guelph is committed to ensuring equal access for students with disabilities. The University encourages applications from students with disabilities and will provide admission information to applicants in alternate formats (Braille, audio tape) upon request.

The following is a step-by-step description of the admission process:

Upon admission, students requiring services and accommodations related to their disability must forward supportive documentation of their disability to the Centre for Students with Disabilities. In the case of students with learning disabilities, documentation should include a recent and valid psycho-educational assessment.


The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) works with students who have hearing, visual, learning, medical, physical or psychological disabilities. The Centre has a variety of resources providing support and resources that will facilitate success in the academic process. Resources such as taped texts, writing tutors, computer assisted technology, photocopy services, notetakers, interpreters and library assistance are available. Counselling is provided in the academic, financial, residential and personal areas. Advisors will also liaise with faculty to ensure that the proper classroom and exam accommodations are available to the student. A learning disabilities advisor is available to provide students with learning disabilities learning strategy instruction and counselling related to their disability. The CSD is located on the 3rd Floor, University Centre, extension 6208.

University Bookstore

The University Bookstore, in the MacNaughton Building, provides textbooks, reference books, stationery and supplies for all University courses, and computer hardware and software at the PC Servicenter. As many used texts as can be accessed are provided to assist students with their costs. The Bookstore also provides University crested clothing and gifts and a wide selection of general reading: hardcover books, paperbacks, magazines. Located in the store is Pages Coffeehouse offering specialty beverages, desserts, light meals and entertainment in an oversized living room setting emanating the mellow ambiance of a bygone era.

University Centre

The University Centre exists both as a service and community centre. The University Centre is governed by a Board composed of representatives from the University Centre user groups, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administration, staff and alumni. This group of people, appointed on a two year basis, is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the University Centre's goals are met through policy and planning. Within the Centre, numerous administrative departments, commercial services, student organizations and programming facilities exist for the convenience and enjoyment of all members of the University Community. A wide variety of shops and services are located on the first floor of the University Centre surrounding an open courtyard.

Centre Six Food Court opens early and closes late, offering a wide array of specialty shops including favourite in house brands such as Nature's Best Vegetarian, Exhibition Cooking and the Wokathon. Enhancing the variety are several popular brands such as Tim Hortons, Second Cup, Taco Bell and KFC.

The Daily Grind is a friendly and comfortable coffee house serving Starbucks or Bridgehead coffees, gourmet sandwiches, salads, snacks and pastries. This is a great place to meet with friends, study, read or watch your favourite TV shows.

The Brass Taps Lounge (Level Two), with its relaxed atmosphere and excellent weekly entertainment line-up (never a cover!), is a favourite campus meeting spot. The Taps kitchen offers a wide range of daily specials and a menu geared to the many diverse appetites found on campus.

The Undergrad Lounge (formerly known as the BOO Sports Bar & Games Room) on Level 3 offers table games, darts, electronic amusement games and coin-op pool tables along with a large screen television within a smoke free environment.

The Programming Department offers a wide selection of entertainment and cultural events to the University Community. As well, this department offers students, staff and faculty assistance in setting up their own entertainment programs on campus. The Performance Season features concerts and plays held both on and off campus at such locations as the River Run Centre, War Memorial Hall and Peter Clark Hall. In 1998 a performance of the world renown Vienna Choir Boys was sponsored in the Church of Our Lady Immaculate in downtown Guelph. Other performances have included the "Wingfield" plays, Leahy, John McDermott and Ashley McIsaac. Peter Clark Hall hosts user group functions which have featured concerts such as Tea Party, Spirit of the West, Sloan and novelty acts such as mentalist Mike Mandel.

The Programming Office presents a number of weekend fairs of interest to students, faculty and staff. The most successful and popular of these has proven to be Fair November, our annual fall Craft Show.

On Level 2 of the University Centre, office space and operational facilities are provided for various clubs and organizations including the Central Student Association, the Ontarion (a weekly campus tabloid newspaper) and CFRU-FM or Radio Gryphon.

The University Club (formerly the Faculty Club), the Graduate Students' Association and the Older-Than-Average Students have lounges on Level 5 of the University Centre. Other facilities include the Music Practice Room, the T.V. Lounge or the Quiet Reading Lounge. Administrative offices are located on Levels 3, 4 and 5 of the University Centre including the Office of Registrarial Services, Office of Student Affairs, Cooperative Education Services, Counselling and Student Resource Centre and Financial Services. The University Centre is a meeting place for people engaged in a wide spectrum of activities. It is the focal point or "living room" for the University Community and was built for the benefit of its many user groups.

University Governance

The University of Guelph was incorporated by an Act of the Ontario Legislature in 1964. The Act specifies that control of the University lies with the Board of Governors and the Senate.

The Board of Governors comprises 24 members, including the Chancellor, the President and Vice Chancellor, 4 persons named by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and 18 other persons appointed by the Board, 3 of whom are faculty members named by Senate, 3 are alumni, 2 are undergraduate students elected by the undergraduate student body, 1 is a graduate student elected by the graduate student body, and 2 are non-teaching staff members (1 of whom is also an alumnus), elected by University non-teaching staff. The Board is responsible for the government, conduct, management and control of the University and its properties, revenues and expenditures, and business affairs.

The Senate has 157 members. 56 are ex-officio, including the Chancellor, the President, the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Vice-President (Research), the Associate Vice-President (Academic), the Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs), the Registrar, Deans and Associate Deans, Directors of Schools, Directors of College Faculties, Chairs of Departments, the Librarian, the Director of Open Learning, the Director of the Centre for International Programs, the Academic Commissioner of the Central Student Association, the President of the Graduate Students' Association and the Secretary of Senate; 57 are faculty members elected on a college basis; 24 are undergraduate students elected by programs on the basis of 1 for each 500 students enrolled, with 1 from the Diploma Program; 7 are graduate students elected from and by the graduate students of each college and the University School of Rural Planning and Development on the basis of 1 for each 500 students enrolled; 8 are alumni elected by the Alumni Association, 3 are non-faculty members chosen by and from the Board of Governors, 1 is a representative of the University of Guelph Faculty Association, 2 are representatives of staff and 1 is a representative of the Librarians. The Senate has responsibility for educational policy, including the creation of faculties, departments, schools and institutes; courses of study and standards of admission and continuation of study; qualifications for and granting of degrees, including honorary degrees, and of diplomas; examinations and examiners, fellowships, scholarships and bursaries; and for the election of the Chancellor.

University I.D. Cards

A University I.D. Card is issued to each student registered at the University. The following regulations apply:

University School of Rural Planning and Development

In 1980, the University of Guelph established a University School of Rural Planning and Development which plays a special role within the campus community, symbolized by its position outside the seven colleges but serving students and faculty in all of them. The University School faculty works closely with faculty and students in many other academic units (e.g.. Land Resource Science, Environmental Biology, Geography, Political Science, Landscape Architecture, Economics, Agricultural Economics and Business, Rural Extension Studies, Sociology and Anthropology). The University School of Rural Planning and Development pursues integrative and interdisciplinary understanding of planning and development in smaller communities and the rural environment.

The topics of planning and community development in rural areas have long been major priorities at Guelph. The University School builds upon the existing disciplines and professions at the University. Into these existing strengths, the School University incorporates the perspectives of professional planning and development, oriented to issues affecting rural areas and people both in Canada and abroad. There are seven main emphases in the School. In the Canadian context there is: a) rural and municipal land use planning; b) community development planning and c) rural resources management planning. In the international context there is: a) Settlement and area Development Planning; b) Natural Resource Development Planning; c) Human Resource and Social Services Development Planning; and d) Program and Project Development Planning.

The central aim of the program of the University School is to improve understanding and to develop methods which will be effective and efficient in: a) planning rural land use and development; b) improving the quality of life for rural people: and c) conserving natural resources and environmental quality. This thrust clearly requires a combination of skills from the social sciences, the natural and physical sciences and professional practices, generally merged into new and innovative approaches that owe their roots to no single discipline or tradition. The University School's activities include teaching, professional training, research and integrated outreach services to rural communities, governments, non government organizations and the private sector across Canada and in many international projects. The University School acts as a source of information and stimulation for courses and projects relating to rural planning, rural development and resource management where appropriate to other departments, schools and colleges. University School faculty do teach undergraduate courses in several other academic units.

Admission inquiries: Admission Services ~ ~ ~ General calendar inquiries: U.P.S.
Last revision: October 18, 2001 (Section IX December 01, 2001; format revision November 20, 2001).

2001 Office of Registrarial Services, University of Guelph