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Academic Policies


Re-submission and Re-Write Policy

Students are expected to put their best efforts into each assignment and to thoroughly prepare for tests before writing them. Students are not allowed to re-submit assignments or re-write tests.

There are unusual circumstances where assignments or tests can be re-submitted or rewritten.

The decision about this will be at the discretion of the teacher.​​

CIDES Work Completion policy

CIDES is a 12 month school.  Students are expected to maintain their studies until course completion regardless of the time of year.  These policies apply throughout all months of the year (July and August included).

Students in K-9 are expected to complete their grade by June 30 of each year.  Secondary students (GR10-12) have 12 continuous months without extension to complete their course.   In order for Secondary students to complete a course within the 12 month time period, CIDES students should submit work for that course at a minimum of every two weeks, or as directed in their teacher's course outline.  If a student cannot meet this schedule, it is the student’s (or family’s) responsibility to contact the teacher to set up a different schedule for submission of assignments.

Active Student Policy First 30 DaysStudents are required to complete the first "Send In Assignment" of their course (or Test as some courses are test based with no send in assignments) within the first 30 days after their registration into the course. [This first "Send in Assignment" is not to be confused with the Course Activation Assignment that is submitted as part of the registration.  The first "Send in Assignment" (or Test) is the first active participation of the student in the actual course].  Students failing to meet this expectation will be withdrawn immediately from the course at the end of the thirty day period.

CIDES teachers review their students’ progress on a regular basis throughout the year.  Report cards are sent to students every 3 months.  Students not submitting work on a regular basis, as expected or as arranged, are placed on Academic Probation, and remain on Academic Probation until the course is completed or expires.

Academic probation: Academic Probation means that students must now submit assignments on a regular basis or be withdrawn from the course.  If placed on Academic Probation, a student has ten (10) days from time of notification to contact their teacher and make arrangement for assignment submission.  The student will have two weeks to submit the assignment(s) that are overdue unless a different arrangement is made with the teacher through the phone call.  If the work is not submitted, the student will be withdrawn from the course.

Withdrawal: Students on Academic Probation who do not meet the expectations of this policy are withdrawn from their course. When a student has been withdrawn from a course, he/she cannot re-enroll in that course for one full year. Course materials are to be returned within 4 weeks from the date of withdrawal.  If course materials are not returned, a billing statement will be forwarded to your attention.

Course Expiry: If a student's course is not completed at the end of 12 continuous months from enrollment, the course expires without extension.  Any unfinished work will be assigned a score of zero on the expiry date, and a final grade will be generated for the course.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your student's teacher at (250) 564-6574 or Toll Free: 1-800-661-7515

Dealing with Missing Assignments at CIDES

Many of the courses offered at CIDES are paper-based.  This means students are responsible for submitting assignments through the mail or by drop-off at our office at 3400 Westwood Dr in Prince George.  Assignments are sent out to teacher markers, returned to our office and then redirected to students.  We handle thousands of pieces of paper each month.  And despite our best efforts, there are times when documents are misplaced.

It is our intention to return assignments as quickly as possible.  Our goal is receive, mark and return assignments in 7-10 days.  When it takes longer than this, students should contact the school to see what has happened.

In most cases we can track down the test or assignment by retracing the steps in our paper flow.  However, situations arise when students claim to have submitted assignments and the missing work cannot be found.

With this mind we take the following steps when there are missing assignments:

  1. Listen carefully to the students and/or parents regarding the circumstances of a missing test or assignment.
  2. If the problem cannot be resolved in discussion with students and parents, a request can made for a more detailed investigation of the situation.  This investigation will be managed by the teacher of the course and involves checking all aspects of the paper flow to track down the missing item.
  3. If the paper cannot be found, and there is no evidence that the item entered our system, the student will be asked to resubmit the assignment.
  4. If resubmitting the assignment is not a satisfactory option for the student, an appeal may be made to the principal.  The principal will weigh all factors to make a final decision.
  5. Decisions by the principal can be appealed to SD57 Assistant Superintendent in charge of CIDES and the Centre for Learning Alternatives at 250.561.6800​

CIDES Academic Code of Conduct


Cheating harms the educational community in many ways. Honest students are frustrated by the unfairness of cheating that goes undetected and unpunished. Cheaters also deprive themselves of a real education. They rob themselves not only of general knowledge, but also of the experience of learning how to learn, the very experience that makes a Dogwood Certificate so valuable to students and our community. The reputation of CIDES and the value of CIDES courses are damaged if our students are lacking the abilities their studies should guarantee.


Academic dishonesty or academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise. It can include:

  • Plagiarism:  Using or reproducing ideas, words or statements of another person without due acknowledgment.
  • Fabrication:  The falsification of data, information, or records in any assignment.
  • Deception:  Giving false information to a teacher concerning an academic exercise—e.g., giving a false excuse for missing a deadline or falsely claiming to have submitted work.
  • Cheating:  Any attempt to give or receive assistance in an academic exercise (like a test) without due acknowledgment.


  • obtaining a paper from the internet and submitting it as o​ne's own work
  • arranging to give or receive answers during an exam
  • copying with or without the other person's knowledge during an exam
  • doing course assignments for someone else
  • plagiarizing published material or course assignments
  • falsely claiming to have submitted assignments
  • using unauthorized notes during an exam
  • collaborating with other students or tutors on assignments when it is not allowed
  • fabricating data in lab assignments
  • destroying or stealing the work of other students
  • obtaining a copy of a test in advance of its scheduled administration
  • padding/adding unused items on a bibliography


 If a CIDES teacher finds evidence of academic misconduct the following consequences will be applied:

First Offence

    • A letter outlining the problem will be sent by registered mail to the parents of school aged students (under 18 years) or directly to adult students.  This letter will be copied to students’ files.
    • A mark of ZERO (0) will be recorded for the test or assignment.
    • The student will not be allowed to redo or resubmit the test or assignment. 

Second Offence

    • A l​etter outlining the problem will be sent by registered mail to the parents of school aged students (under 18 years) or directly to adult students.  This letter will be copied to the student’s file.
    • The stud​ent will be withdrawn from the course with no final grade recorded on his/her transcript.  If withdrawn, a student cannot reregister in this course at any distance education school in BC for one year.

Students and their parents have 30 days to request an appeal of any decision regarding academic misconduct.  Appeals must be in writing and addressed to the Principal of CIDES.

Appeals will be heard by phone or in person by the principal and will include input from the course teacher, student and/or parents.  Decisions by the principal may be appealed to the Assistant Superintendent of Schools of School District No. 57 (Prince George) who can be contacted at 250.561.6800.