Expectations of Students

Policy on Academic Dishonesty

Entrepreneurship is primarily based upon the application of innovation to problems and opportunities in the market.  This program does not use exams, papers, or tests as a method of grading so cheating or plagiarism is minimal.  However, entrepreneurship is based upon ideas and intellectual property therefore, it is critical that students respect the boundaries of each other's work unless there is a willingness to collaborate and share results.

Additionally, the one to one coaching, business plan reviews and presentations minimize the opportunity to take ownership of another person's idea.  Students agree in the first class to keep information confidential in the class room.

Nonetheless, the following are considered to be violations of academic honesty:

Misrepresentation: Students shall not submit or present false research, credentials, or other documents or misrepresent material facts for any academic purpose. Examples of misrepresentation include but are not limited to:

Improper Access: Students shall not improperly obtain access to confidential information such as that belonging to classmates or the school.

Improper Dissemination: It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity to publish, disseminate or otherwise make public to a third party without prior written consent, confidential information. Confidential information includes but is not limited to academic information, data or documents which are not otherwise publicly available and which have been gathered or held with reasonable expectation of confidentiality.

Disruption of Classroom Activities or Periods of Instruction: Praxis School of Entrepreneurship is committed to provide a safe environment for learning. It is a violation of the standards of academic integrity for a student registered in a class to disrupt the class or other period of instruction with any action or behaviour reasonably judged by the facilitator to be detrimental to the class. Normally disruption of activities outside of the classroom or outside of periods of instruction or by student not registered in the class is dealt with under the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy but, in particular cases may be subject also to this Policy.

Should a student violate any of the above, the behaviour should be reported immediately to the Program Manager.  A meeting will be held with the Program Manager, the student's Coach, and the student to discuss the situation and try to resolve it.

Should it not be resolved, the President of the school will be requested to meet with this team in effort to resolve the situation.

Should it still not be resolved, the student will be asked to leave the program in writing.

Appeal Process/Policy

Should a student wish to appeal a decision, they shall submit their appeal in writing to the President who shall convene a meeting of a third party agreed upon by the President and the student, at which the matter will be discussed and a decision made by the third party that is binding by both parties.

Attendance Policy

During the program you are considered to be in your own business and paid by a client therefore you should be treating the experience as such.

If you have appointments that can't be rebooked from before the program start date, please complete the External Activity sheet and submit to the office for approval immediately.

You are not eligible for any holiday/vacation time during the course of the program unless the school has set holidays.   We do not take typical school holidays because entrepreneurs do not take typical holidays. If you have pre-paid or made formal arrangements before the program started for some event during the time of the program, please advise us when you apply so that we can determine if arrangements can be made.  We observe 10 statutory holidays per year in Saskatchewan: New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Saskatchewan Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, and Christmas Day.

If you are ill, please inform our office immediately.  Given the health advisories today, please stay home and recuperate.  We will require a medical note for our records in cases of extended illness (longer than 3 days). 

For all other situations, you are expected to be in class and book your appointments - both business and personal - outside of classroom hours.

If you are absent without prior approval, notification will be put in your student file.  We will not cover any material missed so you will need to catch up with a fellow student.

Our classes are set up based upon full participation and it is expected that you will participate fully. We have a short window to get a lot done.

No more than three (3) unexplained absences or absences are allowed without preapproval.  Violation may result in discontinuation from the program.  

The work you are doing here takes commitment on your part and ours.  If you don't feel you can commit, then you should reconsider your participation from the onset.

Grading Policy

While PSE is responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established by the curriculum, students have the right to be informed of the procedures and standards by which they are evaluated.  Student performance is evaluated on their individual progress through the process of conceiving, researching and writing their business plan.  The complete plan is iterative in nature yet will be comprised of many smaller individual pieces.  Course work evaluation at PSE works on a progressive feedback cycle.  Ideas, suggestions and feedback are given daily during the scheduled workshops; weekly during the private coaching sessions; at scheduled intervals via review and written feedback of their work in progress; and at the end of each phase after a formal presentation to a panel of business professionals.  It is pursuant upon the student to incorporate the feedback that they concur with into their working document so as to continuously improve their final project.

There are no traditional grades as success or failure is measured by the student's launch of a business.  The closest grade methodology that PSE aligns with is a PASS FAIL. 

Evaluation Criteria Policy

Students are required to complete at least 90% of the workshops, prepare a business plan that has been reviewed by entrepreneurs, present their plan to a business panel including a Certified Professional Accountant who reviews their plan and provides formal feedback on an individual basis.  A time line with due dates for sections of the business plan are integrated into the students electronic calendars and these are used by the reviewers as well.  Workshops are conducted on each of the sections with criteria for each section outlined in the handouts.  Students must complete a minimum of 90% of the sections of the plan by the time they make their presentation and hand in their business plan.  The balance (10%) must be submitted within 1 week of the presentation in order to graduate.

Similar evaluations are conducted at the end of every phase against the goals set for the phase and reviewed weekly or bi-weekly with the coaches.

Students are required to prepare weekly goals and provide reports on their progress at the coaching sessions. 

Student Dismissal Process

PSE teaches entrepreneurship and business and mimics the business environment in its classrooms.  As such, we're committed to a high level of business ethics and have the same expectations of the students.

Ongoing support to change inappropriate behaviour is given during the weekly private coaching session, as well as individually as required.

Disrespectful behaviour, dress or conduct will be addressed on an individual basis in their weekly coaching sessions or if serious enough, immediately by private interview.  This is not limited to but includes harassment (verbal/physical), attendance, punctuality, substance abuse, inappropriate clothing, etc. 

Students that violate any of the above the behaviour should be reported immediately and a meeting will be held with the Program Manager, the student's Coach, and the student to discuss the situation and try to resolve it.

Should it not be resolved, the President of the school will be requested to meet with this team in effort to resolve the situation.

Should it still not be resolved, the student will be asked in writing to leave the program.

Since our inception in 1991, only two people have been asked to leave.  In all other cases, a mutually agreeable solution was reached and often the student was referred to a more appropriate program.

Student Misconduct

Students need to know what constitutes misconduct. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

Those displaying behaviour regarded as misconduct will be subject to the discipline procedure, or in some cases may be suspended or discontinued immediately. 

Gross Misconduct

In cases where it is deemed that a student is a threat to themselves or to others, they will be discontinued immediately and if necessary, referred to supports in the community such as Mental Health.

 

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