- Distance Education courses do not have a reading (intersession) week. Attendance in Distance Education classes is still expected during the reading week taken by the full-time academic divisions in each term. If tests or other assignments fall during a full-time reading week and you choose not to attend class at that time, special consideration will not be given.
- Regular class attendance will allow you to receive important and up-to-date course content and information. Teachers are not responsible for repeating course content or information covered during missed classes or for providing that content or information outside of class time (such as through email).
After You Register
Distance Education classes are not held on the following 2017–18 dates:
- Labour Day weekend:
Saturday, September 2, 2017, through
Monday, September 4, 2017, inclusive
- Thanksgiving weekend:
Saturday, October 7, 2017, through
Monday, October 9, 2017, inclusive
- Winter break:
Friday, December 22, 2017 (12 p.m. [noon]) through
Monday, January 1, 2018, inclusive
- Family Day weekend:
Saturday, February 17, 2018, through
Monday, February 19, 2018, inclusive
- Easter weekend:
Friday, March 30, 2018, through
Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusive
- Victoria Day weekend:
Saturday, May 19, 2018, through
Monday, May 21, 2018, inclusive
- Canada Day weekend:
Saturday, June 30, 2018, through
Monday, July 2, 2018, inclusive
- Civic holiday weekend:
Saturday, August 4, 2018, through
Monday, August 6, 2018, inclusive
- Labour Day weekend:
- Individual class sections may indicate additional "no class" dates specific to that section. Review the class section information carefully when registering.
- The college is rarely closed due to bad weather. To find out if the college is closed due to weather or other circumstances, you can check these sources:
- Distance Education home page: A notice will be posted if Distance Education classes are not running.
- Continuing Education Facebook page
- Continuing Education Twitter account
- George Brown College home page: Updates will be posted on a regular basis.
- Distance Education In Case of Emergency web page: The "Weather and Emergency related Information" section on this page tells you how to find out about college closures.
- Contact Centre
- You should attend your first class as scheduled unless you hear otherwise. You can also confirm that your course will begin as scheduled by visiting the web page for your specific course.
- George Brown College reserves the right to cancel or suspend courses, change start/end dates, change start/end times, combine classes, change teachers or limit enrollment. Website accuracy may be affected as a result. However, the college makes every effort to ensure courses listed on the Distance Education website are provided as scheduled.
- Every effort is made to make the decision to cancel a course no later than two business days prior to the course start date.
- Every effort is made to notify you of any course cancellations or changes no later than one business day prior to the course start date. Try to register no later than five business days prior to the course start date to ensure that there is adequate time for us to notify you if anything changes.
- It is important that you provide your home and business telephone numbers and an email address when you register so that you can be reached in the event of any cancellations or changes.
- In the case of a cancellation, any fees paid will be refunded. If you prefer, you may transfer and apply your fees to another course registration. There is no administrative fee to transfer from a cancelled course to an active course.
- At the start of your course, you should receive a course outline. The outline will provide details about the grading system used for the course.
- Teachers have up to two weeks from the last class to submit grades. At any time after that, you can log in to your online student account and access your academic history to see your grade and print your grade report. (Grade reports will not be mailed.) Contact the department co-ordinator if your grade is not in your account's academic history after two weeks.
- Parking lots near the campuses are pay-and-display, and prices vary depending on season and location. For more information on parking and to view campus maps, visit the Campus Maps and Locations web page.
- A password is emailed (along with a student ID number) to each new Distance Education student after registration. As soon as you receive your password, visit the Identity Manager website to change it to something that you will be able to remember. Visit the Help with Accessing the College's Information Technology Systems web page for instructions on changing your password.)
- You will need your student ID number and password to log in to a number of systems at the college. The most frequently used systems are the computers in the Library Learning Commons, your student account (the online student information system) and Blackboard (the online course management system).
- If you have forgotten your changed password, you can return to the Identity Manager website to have it reset. To do this, you will need to correctly answer three of the five questions you originally answered when you first changed your password.
- If you have misplaced your original password before you had a chance to change it at the Identity Manager website, call the Contact Centre and ask to have your password reset. For security purposes, you will be asked a series of questions in order to confirm your identity.
- On-site assistance with the Identity Manager website is also available at your campus Library Learning Commons. You must bring your registration confirmation and a piece of government-issued photo identification (for example, a driver's licence).
Your student ID number and password are your personal identifiers while at the college. They allow you to update confidential information about yourself (such as your address or other contact information) and to access your grades. Keep your student ID number and password confidential so that only you can access this information.
- Every student at George Brown College (full-time, part-time and Distance Education) is provided with a student ID number to which all academic records are attached. An ID number is emailed – along with a password – to each new student after registration.
- You can find out your existing student ID number by visiting a Student Service Centre or by calling the Contact Centre.
- Due to the varying use of first, middle and last names, a student may be given more than one student ID number. To reduce the confusion that results from this error, multiple ID numbers are eliminated and records are merged to one number. If you are aware of having more than one ID number, identify yourself to the staff at a Student Service Centre. Be sure to always use your full legal name when communicating with the college.
- Student ID cards are not automatically provided for Distance Education students. The registration confirmation you receive when you register in a online education course is valid identification. (If you register in person, you will receive confirmation at the time of registration. If you register online, you will receive confirmation at Step 5 of the checkout process.) It identifies you as a student at George Brown College during the term in question and gives you access to the Library Learning Commons and their open access computing facilities.
- You have the option of purchasing a student ID card from the Library Learning Commons. It can also be used as a borrower card and a photocopy/print card.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the contact information in your online student account is up to date. To access your account, visit the "Student Login" page and log in using your student ID number and password. George Brown College does not accept responsibility for communication missed because of incorrect contact information.
- If your course qualifies under the Canada Revenue Agency's eligibility for tuition fees and your tuition for that course is at least $100, you will be issued an official income tax receipt, known as a T2202A. (Materials and administrative fees are not eligible for tax deduction.) For details, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.
- You can obtain your T2202A from your online student account in mid-February of every year for all courses taken during the preceding calendar year. To access your account, visit the "Student Login" page and log in using your student ID number and password.
- If you need a T2202A for a past year that is not available online, the college can provide it to you for an administrative fee. To make your request, call 416-415-5000, ext. 4493.