Originator: Vice President, Academic
Approver: Senior Academic Committee
Effective: June, 2020
Students’ course schedules are a significant feature of a quality education and skills training experience at Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech). The registration process through which students receive a course schedule recognizes the principle of fair access as well as priority access to courses for students who are near credential completion. Allowing some students to register before others is a practice that must be justified as fair, ultimately to those last in line and closed out of courses because they are not allowed the privilege of priority registration. This policy defines the categories of priority access for course registration.
Students will generally be assigned registration priority according to their status as a New Student or a Continuing Student. However, other obligations and circumstances, as outlined below, are factored into the assignment of priority for various groups of students.
New student: a student registering for a particular RRC Polytech program for the first time. Note: A new student is not necessarily new to RRC Polytech, as the student may have been previously enrolled in a different program or Continuing Education at the College.
Continuing student: a student continuing in a program of study moving directly from one semester to the next.
Returning student: a student returning to a program of study after an absence or break of at least one full semester.
Open studies student: a student who registers for a course, for credit, but is not enrolled in an academic program.
Senior Academic Committee (SAC): SAC provides strategic leadership in implementing the Academic Mission of the College. It serves as a forum for discussion and decision-making on issues of academic policy and practice, and is a medium for the sharing of program information. (Guide to SAC, 2018)
Students will be granted access to register for courses in the following order of priority:
Group 1: Priority Students
Priority students include:
The Chair / Program Manager of the Access, Language or Learning Pathway shall contact to the Academic Chair(s) of the program(s) receiving students well in advance of program registration dates in order to reserve an appropriate number of seats in the program. These seats will be held for one week after registration opens, after which they will be opened up to the next registration group.
Group 2: New Students
Group 3: (Priority) Continuing Students
Group 4: Returning Students
Group 5: Open Studies Students
The College may amend these procedures in instances where the Senior Academic Council has determine that a particular student or group of students merits higher-priority registration. The College reserves the authority to make such determinations as required.
The Priority Registration Policy will be reviewed annually for the first three (3) years following its initial implementation to ensure the principle of equal access and its implementation procedures are aligned.
A1 – Application and Admission to College Programs
A2 – Criminal Record Checks
A3 – Auditing Courses
A20 – Requirements for Graduation
A28 – Academic Accommodation
A12 – Issuing of College Credentials
RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.
We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.