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Library and Academic Success mission, departments, policies & more


All members of the College community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community users) have the right to learn, work, and relax in an environment which supports collaborative learning. All members of the College community shall exercise this freedom with responsibility, respecting the diversity of the other users in the department.

Within the department space, all users agree to abide by the Library and Academic Success policies and procedures which include the following:

  1. Use materials belonging to the library without damaging them and to follow our use procedures
  2. Comply with all direction and requests made by department staff
  3. Copy materials only within the posted copyright guidelines
  4. Use computers for acceptable purposes
  5. Use personal cell phones, where allowable, in a non-disruptive manner
  6. Consume and dispose of food and drink responsibly
  7. Pick up personal garbage and recycling
  8. Supervise all minor children in attendance
  9. Follow Lockdown and Fire evacuation procedures

Violations of any of the above or any of Georgian’s policies* may result in loss of library privileges and/or sanctions.

Academic Integrity

Library and Academic Success is an active supporter and partner of Georgian's philosophy on academic integrity.

Georgian's philosophy on academic integrity states:

Academic integrity arises from a system of shared values and responsibilities. The ability of Georgian College to achieve its mission of exceptional teaching and learning, maintain the credibility of its credentials, and uphold the rights of honest students, depends on communities of integrity. Teaching, learning, and conducting research with integrity ensures that learning is authentic and supports the development of professional autonomy and social responsibility. Therefore, all members of the Georgian College community (students, alumni, staff, faculty and administrators) make a commitment to work together to embrace a fair and respectful culture that supports institutional, intellectual, scholarly and professional integrity.

Collection (Library)

Academic Success Policies

Academic Success staff support students to further understand program content. They will not correct or complete a student's academic work.

Writing Centre Procedures

How to prepare for a visit

  • Reread the assignment instructions to ensure you have addressed all of the criteria
  • Run spelling and grammar check
  • Read your work aloud to catch errors
  • Format your paper according to the faculty’s instructions or preferred style guide (APA, MLA, or Chicago). If you are unsure of this, the Writing Centre can help!
  • Print your paper and/or save it on a jump drive for quick retrieval

Plan ahead and book an appointment (Barrie and Orillia)

  • You may pre-book a maximum of 2 appointments per week
  • Pre-booked appointments are not with any specific Writing Centre staff, allowing you the opportunity to work with different staff throughout the semester
  • If you are less than 10 minutes late for your appointment you will be supported for the length of time that remains. If you are more than ten minutes late you will be seen on a drop-in basis
  • Make the most of your appointment, please arrive 5-10 minutes early to get settled
  • You may receive help twice in one day. For a second appointment please sign in again following your first appointment. You will then be seen when it is your turn again
  • There is a maximum of two appointments per day for each student

When you arrive

  • Please sign-in using your first name and Georgian College student number
  • Find a space to work inside the Writing Centre. You may log onto a computer or sit at a table. Please open up your work and be prepared for your appointment
  • You will be seen on a first come first served basis. Each appointment is approximately 30 minutes
  • When it is your turn your name will be called and a tutor will come over to support you. Students who do not respond to their name being called from the sign-in sheet will be removed from the list and can add their name back at the end of the list upon return

Writing Centre Policies

Writing Centre Responsibilities

  • The staff in the Writing Centre advise on techniques to improve writing at all stages of the process, model editing and revision techniques and advise on topic development, flow, style and technique
  • We are happy to show you how to proofread, but we cannot proofread your work for you
  • Writing Centre staff are very comfortable with APA format and have access to standard APA resource material. However, we cannot be expected to know every nuance of the APA system, nor are we experts in its usage in every application. We can support you in learning where to find the information and guide you through the process of applying the rules to your own writing
  • Each centre is staffed by a Writing Centre Technologist and student-staff. Any comments, concerns or suggestions can be directed to academicsuccess@georgiancollege.ca

Intellectual Property

  • All students are responsible for doing their own work
  • Ownership of written work rests with the student. Writing Centre staff will not write directly on student work and will not make any editorial changes on the behalf of the student
  • Writing Centre staff will not support or encourage plagiarism, cheating, or fabrication of information. Staff may advise students on infractions, but students are at liberty to decide whether or not to modify their work. As a result, students may be subject to academic discipline if their work is not in accordance with the Academic Regulations
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