Academic Policies & Procedures

Get to know your rights and responsibilities as a Sheridan student.

Academic Policies & Procedures

All Sheridan staff and students are expected to adhere to the College's academic and conduct policies. By defining the expectations within the Sheridan community, an environment of equity and fairness is created. It is the right and responsibility of each student and staff member to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and regulations. Make it a priority to read through the Sheridan Policies and Procedures so you know what is expected of you, and what you can expect from others.

To view a full list of all of Sheridan's policies and procedures, click on Documents and Policies

The following policies are of particular interest to Continuing and Professional Studies students:

Academic Appeals and Consideration Policy

An academic appeal is a request against a decision of Sheridan, and not a complaint against a faculty or staff member. If you’re worried that a decision has been made that will negatively impact your academic standing, you can initiate an academic appeal. An academic appeal must be started within 5 business days after receipt of the decision or questionable grade. Please email our Opportunity Centre at for more information about the Academic Appeal policy.

Academic Integrity

Sheridan takes Academic Honesty very seriously. You need to as well! It is considered a breach of academic honesty to claim that the ideas, writing, projects or creations of someone else are your own. It’s also considered breach of honesty if you attempt to alter, suppress, falsify or make up research data or results, or forge an official academic record, application or document, or cheat.

All Sheridan faculty, staff and students are expected to be aware of breaches of academic honesty and are responsible for taking appropriate action if it’s believed that a breach of academic integrity has taken place. Suspected instances of academic honesty will be investigated and disciplined accordingly.

It’s up to you, as a Sheridan student, to know the rules and expectations. Review the Policy. For more information about this policy, please email our Opportunity Centre at

Student Code of Conduct

Each member of the Sheridan community has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. The Code of Conduct, in coordination with other related policies, is intended to provide guiding principles and rules for behaviour that, when followed, contribute to a respectful, supportive and safe place to work and learn. In the same manner that citizens of a community are responsible for their actions, so too are employees, students, contractors, consultants, visitors, volunteers, and any other person in our environment. As such, all members of our community are obligated to acknowledge and accept the responsibilities for good citizenship. 

Good citizenship is expressed as behaviour which respects the duties, obligations and functions of a citizen as set out in this Code.  

Harassment and Discrimination Policy

Sheridan College is committed to provide a working and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment and supportive of academic achievement and the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of everyone taking part in its activities. The college seeks to create a climate of mutual respect that reinforces opportunity and allows for each person to contribute fully to the development and well-being of the community.

Continuing and Professional Studies students should also be familiar with 

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Policy

Get credit where credit is due! The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is an assessment that weighs the academic value of previous education or work experience. For a small fee you can get an evaluation for each subject for which the PLAR credit is being requested. Download the application form and submit it to the Continuing and Professional Studies office. 

Advanced Standing - Please refer to the COVID-19 section for Advanced Standing

Sheridan recognizes that some students who enter a program at the College will have earned post-secondary credits at other recognized post-secondary institutions and may wish to apply these credits towards a Sheridan credential. 

COVID -19 update**

**While our campuses are physically closed, please request an electronic copy of your transcript to be sent directly from the college/university where the courses were taken to
**To apply for Advanced Standing, complete the advanced standing form and submit it along with course outlines and an official, sealed copy of your transcript for the courses you completed at another post-secondary institution to the Office of The Registrar. 


CONGRATULATIONS! After all your hard work, you’ve made it!  Make sure you have everything in order so you can graduate on time and with ease. Students must make sure they have taken all their required courses to graduate from their program. Students need to complete the Status Check form.  When you finish your program, please contact the Office of the Registrar to request your credential. You'll need to include your name, student number, program and the credential you are seeking. 

Sheridan reserves the right to reassess previously granted credits more than five years old to ensure their relevancy at the time of graduation.

Sheridan Residency Requirement

A minimum of 25% of required credits for any Sheridan program must be completed at Sheridan to earn a Sheridan credential.  In order to graduate, an overall GPA of 2.0 is required for students in Sheridan Certificate, Ontario College Certificate, Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma and Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs.  


Absenteeism can have a negative effect on your ability to be successful in a course.  In order to assist you in achieving your goals, an attendance record of 80% is the expected for all Continuing and Professional Studies courses, and is mandatory for the Leadership Development Series courses and the Proficiency in Conversational French courses.   Intensive courses in the Leadership Development Series program require 100% attendance.