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English Department Policies & Expectations

Below is a non-exhaustive list of policies and general expectations we wish all English Language Arts students to follow at Sir Winston Churchill. If there are any questions whatsoever as to expectations, please refer them to your individual teacher.


Attendance expectations are clearly stated in the student agenda/handbook (p. 10-12). It is your responsibility to attend class every day and to arrive on time. If for any reason you are absent, you are still responsible for the work you missed. An explained absence does not translate into an excused mark from your teacher.  

Missed Exams & Presentations

If you must miss an exam or presentation, for legitimate reasons, it is your responsibility to have your parents contact the school and the teacher before the time of the exam.  Note that just reporting the absence is not adequate for such a situation; to avoid confusion it is best to leave a message in your teacher’s voice mail box. Once you return to the school, the exam or presentation must be completed in a timely manner as determined with your teacher. Failure to comply with these directions may result in a mark of zero for the missed exam or presentation.

Reference Materials and Personal Technology

We recommend that you purchase a pocket sized thesaurus and dictionary, and bring them with you to all English classes.

Each teacher will set their own policy regarding the use of personal technology in their class.

Academic Integrity

Students are obligated to act in ways consistent with the principles of academic integrity. Please consult the Academic Integrity statement on the SWC website.

“To pass off contributions and ideas of another as one’s own work is to deprive oneself of the opportunity and challenge to learn.” (p. 71, University of Calgary Calendar)

In test and quiz situations, the following are examples of intellectual dishonesty:

  • copying and submitting answers from someone else’s paper
  • memorizing someone else’s essay and reproducing it during a test
  • using notes or other materials when they are not permitted
  • using notes, quotes or information from programmable electronic devices when not allowed to do so, such as the use of iPods and MP3s with screens
  • allowing another person to copy one’s work or answers
  • failing to protect your work from being copied (ie. leaving your multiple choice answer sheet on the side of your desk within easy sight of others)
  • altering the mark or answers on assignments, tests, or quizzes marked in class

Class Assignments: plagiarism may involve  

  • the submission of another student’s work as one’s own
  • the submission of work substantially created by a tutor as one’s own
  • the submission of quoted information or other materials from books, CD ROMs, the Internet, etc.,  as one’s own without crediting the sources through proper annotation or footnoting
  • allowing another person to copy, in part or in whole, your work and submit it as his/her own


Depending on the severity of the behaviour, consequences for engaging in Academic Dishonesty may include: 

(1) a zero grade in the given test, quiz or assignment and/or
(2) a referral to an administrator and/or
(3) withdrawal from the course.