Registration

An essential part of being an Acadia University student is completing the registration process. Students admitted to Acadia University should select the appropriate link below to learn more about registering. If you have not been admitted to Acadia, you can apply for admission here.

New Students

1. Become familiar with the Academic Calendar. It is the responsibility of every student to be familiar with its contents.

2. Ensure that your Acadia network and email accounts are active.

  • This is required to log in to Acadia Central, our student information portal.
  • Your Acadia e-mail address is the only address used by Acadia for official communication.

3. Visit the Choosing First Year Courses page for recommendations about first year course selection for your program. You may be pre-registered for some courses by your Department. You must self-register for electives. You may find the blank slot sheet useful when doing so. Advisors are always available should you need assistance.

4. Select your courses using the Acadia University Timetable. This is the schedule of courses currently being offered. Please note, you must be logged into Acadia Central. Information on understanding course coding is available here. You may find our 'Registration How-To' video helpful.

Please email waitlists@acadiau.ca should you wish to register for a course with a waitlist. These courses appear in the Timetable with a blue background.

HINT: To find a list of open courses quickly, in the Timetable, enter the faculty and choose ANY for the discipline; then choose OPEN from the Status. You will get all the courses that are not full in that faculty. Of course, you can enter a discipline and get all the open courses just in that discipline, as well!

5. Finalize your course registrations - IMPORTANT

  • Click the “Add” button on the right of the course result to add a course to your Backpack.
  • Go to your Backpack by clicking the “Backpack” link at the top of the screen.
  • Click the “Register” button.
Returning Students

1. Ensure that your Acadia network and email accounts are active. If you have forgotten your password, click “Forgot Password”.

2. Plan your classes using the blank slot sheet and the online Timetable (Schedule of Classes).

  • Ensure that you have the required prerequisites for upper level courses.
  • Advisors are available should you need assistance. A complete list is available here.

3. Finalize your registration.

  • The “Add” button on the right of the course result adds the course to your Backpack. Remember go to your Backpack and click the “Register” button to finalize your registration.
  • If you need a registration refresher, you may find this 'How To' video helpful.

IMPORTANT: Please contact your department should you wish to register for a course with a waitlist. These courses appear in the Timetable with a blue background.

Student Responsibilities

It is expected that each student who registers at Acadia University will be familiar with the contents of the Academic Calendar. By registering at Acadia, students accept responsbility for meeting all curriculum requirements and for complying with published dates and deadlines. Students also accept responsibility for being familiar with University regulations pertaining to financial matters.

If you are unsure of the meaning of any of the regulations or if you need help in determining how you can meet the requirements to graduate in your program, please contact us for assistance. We will be happy to help you in any way we can.

Communication Policy

All students are expected to activate an Acadia e-mail address upon course registration. The e-mail address assigned to a student by the University will be the only e-mail address used by Acadia for official communication with students for academic and administrative purposes. Students are responsible for checking their Acadia e-mail account regularly so as to remain current with administrative and academic notifications. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that e-mail is read, and acted upon (if necessary) in a timely fashion. If a student chooses to forward University e-mail to another e-mail addres, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the alternate account is active.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity demands responsible use of the work of other scholars. It is compromised by such practices as plagiarism and cheating.

Cheating is the copying or the use of unauthorized aids or the intentional falsification or invention of information in any academic exercise or the presentation of a single work in more than one course without the permission of the instructors involved.

Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas or words of another as one's own.

While it may be argued that few ideas are original, instructors expect students to acknowledge the sources of ideas and expressions that they use in essays. To represent them as self-created is dishonest and academically reprehensible. One may quote or paraphrase other writers if they have stated an idea strikingly, as evidence to support one's arguments or conclusions, or as a point against which to argue, but such borrowing should be used sparingly and always indicated in a footnote. The aim of scholarship is to develop one's own ideas and research and only by trying to develop one's own thoughts and arguments will one mature academically. To provide adequate documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty, but also a courtesy enabling the instructor to consult sources with ease. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism.

Furthermore, a student who knowingly helps another to commit an act of academic dishonesty is equally guilty.

A student who is uncertain whether or not a course of action might constitute plagiarism or cheating should seek in advance the advice of the instructor involved.

Penalties

Penalties are levied in relation to the degree of infraction of academic honesty. They range from requiring the student to re-do the piece of work, through failure on that piece of work, to failure in the course, and to dismissal from the University.

Procedures concerning infractions of academic integrity

Faculty members, following consultation with their director/head and dean, and the student involved, shall attempt to determine the personal responsibility of the student and impose any penalties where appropriate. If the matter cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of both parties involved in the initial step, then the issue shall be referred to the Vice-President (Academic) who shall inform the student of his/her decision as to the student's personal responsibility.

If the student is found culpable, or admits culpability, then the Vice-President (Academic) shall inform the student of the penalty imposed. A student has the right to appeal the decision of the Vice-President (Academic) to the Senate Committee on Academic Discipline.

Students have the right to have legal counsel when appearing before Senate Committee on Academic Discipline.

Computing Services publishes policies for the use of university computer facilities, both hardware and software. Violation of these policies, or other abuse of university computer facilities, will be dealt with in the same manner of other forms of cheating or as a non-academic offence. Some violations may also lead to criminal prosecution. It is the students' responsibility to familiarize themselves with the Computing Services policies.

Note: The Registrar maintains a list of students who have been penalized for plagiarism. If you discover a case of plagiarism, you should check with the Registrar to see whether this student has been involved in a previous incident, as this knowledge may affect your decision on the severity of the penalty.

Procedures on complaints in other academic matters

The complainant should first attempt to resolve the matter with the instructor. If it cannot be so resolved, the complaint, preferable in writing, must be presented to the appropriate head of department or director of the school who will conduct an investigation and attempt a resolution. If the matter cannot be settled by the head/director, it shall be referred to the appropriate dean of faculty. Any complainant may at any time have the assistance of the academic commissioner of the Students' Union.