From the Dean of Student Life
We are called to share the message of the living and powerful Jesus Christ with the people around us. In 2 Timothy 4:1-2 Paul exclaims, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His Kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction.”
Though Paul is speaking to Timothy in this passage, I know in light of the full counsel of scripture that this charge is to all of us. Paul points here to the return of Jesus Christ. Why? Well, he is drawing the connection to the final judgment and Jesus’ return. Yes, a great day for the righteous but a terrible day for all those who have not repented. Terrible because they do not know Jesus and will not be saved. But, are these people worth saving? Well yes! They, just like us, are sinners who continue by their own choosing to abandon the truth about God’s existence and the true reality of this world. They have chosen their own ways and thinking in how they lived out their lives and in what they chose to do in their lives. Yet they are really not all that different from us, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sure at times we do good things, but often we do what feels good whether it is truly a good thing or not.
So then if we are all sinners and because of sin not worth saving why does believing in and submitting to Jesus Christ save us? Well, this is rooted in God’s great love and grace towards us. See even though we are saved, we do not deserve to be saved. No, none of us deserve it. This means that we who are saved and who will be saved at the time of Jesus’ return are saved by the grace of God drawing us to Himself. And He desires to draw all men to Himself. So who deserves to be saved? None of us, yet who does God desires to draw to Himself? All of us.
So, how has God planned for all men to hear so that the Day of Judgment can be a great day for all people rather than just us who believe? Well, by us, His people. This is what Paul is aiming at when he charges Timothy to always be ready to preach the Good news of Jesus Christ. If you know Jesus Christ and He lives in you, then you know you will be saved, but many around you will not be. We can never live for a greater cause.
Think about this, how beautiful are the feet of the person who brought you the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ?
Many times we know what we should be doing for Jesus but we are scared because we feel ill-equipped for it. And often times we are. The community of NBC is about developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ with the heart to serve. We are about developing and equipping you for a purpose and a cause that is cosmically immense yet relationally intimate and that is to be beautiful feet to others, as you learn to walk in God’s will.
Let us together with the leading and in the name of Jesus Christ let Him make our feet beautiful for His glory and the salvation of all those who need beautiful feet to come and find them.
Dean of Student Life
The transition from living at home, in your own room, to living in a dorm setting with a roommate and multiple hall-mates is not always an easy one. It requires a change in thinking: you must not only consider what you want to do, but what is best for the other members of your campus community.
It is in the dorm setting that relationships flourish or falter. Campus life places all the residents in an unusual setting of having to function in very close quarters, and this is especially so in the dorms. Life in close quarters can create stresses and tensions in a relationship. Building, nurturing, and restoring relationships is hard work, but it is hard work that brings long-term benefits.
For these reasons, students are reminded that our campus goal is to help each of you develop character traits that reveal the Spirit of God at work in our lives. Among those traits are: mutual respect, mutual accountability, mutual submission, and mutual care. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the growth of each individual so that each student can pursue Christian maturity with zeal.
Even though Christian liberty is something we all enjoy, each student is expected to conduct themselves with thoughtfulness and concern for the rights and needs of fellow students and to show respect for those in leadership. We realize that these guidelines will not always please everyone. They are general, with the interest of the larger student body at heart. We all must accept that the observance of these guidelines is for the benefit of many, not just one individual.
“Do not look out only for your own interests but also for the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).
We ask each student to work hard at appreciating the spirit and intent of these guidelines. It takes this commitment from every one of us to build a healthy and vibrant Christian community.
First and foremost, each student is responsible for, and responsible to, their fellow community members. Each individual is encouraged to lovingly approach their fellow student/students if they see that the spirit intent of the guidelines of the community are being abused. If by a loving and honest conversation a satisfactory resolution is not found, the student is advised to speak to the Student Life staff.
Student Life staff (Dean of Student Life, Dean of Men, Dean of Women, Residence Assistants) give oversight to the dorms. Their combined objective is to better meet the individual needs of each student and assist in providing an atmosphere conducive to personal study and interpersonal growth. Deans tend to look for patterned behaviour, both positive and negative, and will speak to these. Your Deans are open to suggestions, concerns and new ideas. It is also at the discretion of Student Life, including Residence Assistants and Head RAs, how guidelines are interpreted and applied. The general rule is, “when in doubt, ask.”
Deans and RA’s are chosen because of their heart and vision for campus life and their interpersonal skills and spiritual gifts. They also are learning and discerning their giftedness. Their purpose is to serve their fellow students and to ensure that Christian community is developed and maintained. Deans and RA responsibilities include informal counselling, guiding, advocacy, and maintaining a safe, comfortable, and secure residence. Your support and partnership in catching their vision for your new home helps make these goals a reality.
It is our desire that NBC be an environment of security and order, where each person can live in dignity and realize their greatest potential. Each student is expected to recognize and respect the responsibilities undertaken by the Deans, RAs, and StuCo and to cooperate with them in all respects. Each individual in the community is responsible first and foremost to, and for, each other. For this reason, consider conscientiously other’s requests, comments, encouragements and rebukes.
Sleep is a fundamental human need, as necessary as air, food and water! Because sleep is so important, we need to ensure that the dorm is quiet at a reasonable hour so that all are able to get a good night’s sleep. The right to sleep and the need to study, by your dorm mate(s), ALWAYS supersedes your privilege to be noisy or disruptive.
In respecting others who live in dorm, ones noise/music/voice should remain at a level that does not disturb others. Feel free to play music and have fun, but if your volume level is disturbing others’ work, be willing to adjust your volume (down) with the appropriate attitude towards your brother or sister in Christ. Others’ learning and focus should take priority over your goofing around.
Focused Study Time
Dorms and the Art Lindsey Education Centre (main building) will be reserved for quiet study. This means that in this time we will all aim for an atmosphere conducive for quiet personal study. Please be extra sensitive to the noise levels you are making.
The purpose of this time is two-fold. One purpose is to permit students a place for study and research without minor distractions, allowing for better focus and deeper thought. The second purpose is to help make that decision to study a little easier. No one likes leaving the group to go off and study. This time allows a short period during the day when the majority of students will be focusing on quiet study.
Monday to Thursday: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Each student will retire for sleep at different times throughout the later evening. It is for this reason that quiet time will be enforced and maintained by all dorm residents. Quiet time consists of absolutely no carrying noise into the halls or in the dorm lounges. During quiet times students are to whisper while in the halls and dorm lounge.
Saturdays – Thursday: 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m.
For these reasons, the following curfew is expected:
Saturday – Thursday: 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 1:00 a.m.
Permission to be late for curfew can be requested from your Dean. If you are unavoidably detained, contact your Dean or Head RA as early as possible.
All students are to be in their own room with all screens, music and lights off as follows:
Friday – Saturday: No lights out.
Make the room cozy and “homey”, but do not damage it. For hanging pictures, posters, etc., please purchase “Funtak” for use on walls only, not ceilings. Do not use tape or nails. No altering or painting of the rooms is permitted without prior consent from the Deans. Posters and wall hangings must be in good taste and reflect the shared values of the NBC community (e.g. most movie posters do not accomplish this). If in doubt, check with your Deans.
To ensure proper sanitation and to prevent undue damage to rooms, students are expected to keep rooms clean and neat. Deans are allowed to check rooms informally for cleanliness and require cleaning within a designated time frame.
A $100 damage deposit will be required from each dorm resident. The deposit will then be refunded after the school year ends and after sufficient time for NBC to check the room.
In order to keep residences in the best possible condition, it is important that each student report damages and/or potential hazards to your Deans. Damage to school property will be charged to the students involved. This may include one individual or the whole group. In the case of dorm damage for which no one is willing to take responsibility, all the dorm residents may be held jointly responsible.
Charges will be based on the following rate: a $50 flat rate plus any other costs.
Safety regulations do not allow for hotplates, electric blankets, or any other appliances with a heating coil to be used in the rooms. Coffee makers, curling irons, and blow dryers are permitted. Please use the designated areas for ironing clothes.
Our public phones require a phone card or a calling card. Phone cards may be purchased in the NBC Bookstore.
Please be considerate of others in your use of the residence phones. Family or friends from home may be trying to get through to another student. Please minimize the length and number of calls to other dorms as we have ample time to visit during the day. These calls are hardly ever necessary. Give off-campus friends and family ample opportunity to call our students. Uses of public phones (Dining Hall/Gymnasium) are for very short public usage only.
All meals are to be eaten in the Dining Hall. In an effort to make the NBC community as family oriented as possible, it is important that we eat together as a family. For this reason we expect that students will arrive on time for all meals they attend. Food from the Dining Hall is only available during scheduled meal times. No food is to be taken from the Dining Hall for others who were not present at the meal, other than in the case of illness. In that case, the Deans/RAs may give permission to have meals taken to the dorm.
If you are planning to miss a meal inform the Food Services Department as soon as you know so they can adjust the food quantities and reduce leftovers. A special dietary menu is available to those who require it for medical reasons. The fee is $200 per semester.
We are more than happy to accommodate your campus guests. However, for (awareness) safety concerns, please register all guests with your Dean and show consideration to your roommate. Each guest will be able to eat and stay free in your room for 3 nights consecutively, and you have 6 free nights for guests each year. Each student will be given 6 guest coupons for Dining Hall use. A single coupon gives an individual one free night stay and meals for the day. After the coupons are used, they will need to pay a room charge of $15 per night and $7 a meal. If you would like to request a guest stay on campus for more than 3 consecutive nights, please see the Dean of Student Life.
Other Residence Guidelines
The residences of the opposite sex are strictly out of bounds. At no time should students be loitering around or talking through the windows or around the doors of these residences. Such conduct is inappropriate and infringes on the privacy of other people in that dorm.
Weapons, explosives, or fireworks are not permitted in the residences. Firearms must be reported to the Dean of Student Life to ensure that they are properly stored in a safe location out of dorm.
Due to fire code restrictions, any flammable material (i.e., gasoline, oil) and incendiary devices (i.e., matches, lighters, and candles) are not permitted in the dorms.
Residence hallways must be kept clear of sports equipment, mattresses, chairs, boxes, shoes, etc.
Any student leaving campus needs to let either a fellow student or dorm leadership know where they are going. This is important, in case an emergency arises in which we need to contact you immediately, or there is a problem and we need to account for all residents.
Campus leaves may be requested from the Dean of Student Life. Extended leave forms are to be filled out, signed, and submitted to the Dean of Student Life with departure dependent on approval.
A weekend begins Friday after the last class or campus responsibility (whichever comes last) and ends Sunday at 11:00 p.m. Guidelines for a weekend leave are as follows:
Sign out on your respective RA Weekend Leave Sheet posted on their doors. Substitutes for Student Ministry and Student Work are the student’s responsibility and must be cleared by their respective supervisor(s).
Weekend leaves will not be granted during weekends of special events such as exams, conferences, three60five, seminars, tournaments, or other special campus events.
Holidays and Semester Breaks
The college will be closed during Christmas and Reading Weeks. All students are expected to make arrangements to be away from the campus during these times. Room and board fees do not cover the times of academic recess during the school year (Fall semester break, Christmas break, and Spring break). Under exceptional circumstances considerations can be made but must be approved by the Dean of Students at least a week in advance.
Students may stay during Thanksgiving and Easter and be assured of meals in the Dining Hall.
Early Arrivals & Departures
An application to the Dean of Student Life office will need to be made if a student is wishing to arrive earlier than the scheduled starting date of a semester.
Media is a significant aspect of our lives. We do not discourage media usage but while at NBC we want to maximize opportunities for the Holy Spirit to influence our lives and mould our hearts. Because entertainment creates and influences our moods and affects the atmosphere in a room and a dorm, we believe that some limits are helpful and necessary, in the best interest of all students.
Music with lyrics that compromise the listener’s testimony or are morally and biblically wrong is not acceptable nor is it allowed in the community. Remember that whatever is received into the mind affects an individual’s Christian character (Phil 4:8).
Please evaluate the content and volume of your music so that it does not have a negative effect on you or those around you. In connection to volume, a good rule of thumb to remember is: “if they can hear it you should ask them”. Ideally your music would be played at a volume that only you can hear in your dorm room and in the community. If you are playing music in the community, remember that it must be God honouring and be aware that, although you may like extreme genres, many in the room may not
Computer Games and Movies/TV
Each student must recognize that most media and entertainment is addictive by nature. They have their place, but they can become all consuming of our free time. Movies by nature are not social, so students are encouraged to take initiative to create and promote activities that are fun, safe and involve as many people as possible. Talk to the Activities Director if you have ideas. Make your media choices based on the values of Christ and your commitment to spiritual growth.
Set high moral standards rather than pushing the boundaries. Remember why you are here. NBC expects students who make use of the media options (internet/e-mail, movies, music) to exercise integrity and a standard of purity that honours Jesus Christ.
Deans will discuss issues such as morality, time, social behaviour and grades when it becomes apparent that media is the cause of such patterned behaviour.
Recognizing that most people have different media standards, please keep the following items in mind as you consider your media consumption:
- No Movies, TV shows or series, TVs, or streaming in dorm.
- Internet in dorm should only be used for direct and deliberate communication with family and friends.
- Movies/TV Shows are permitted in the Student Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings after supper, as planned by Student Council or RAs.
- All movies need to be cleared by the Deans. It is rare that anything above a PG rating would be considered appropriate for the community.
- Short video clips and other visual media (i.e. Youtube, Facebook, Pin-trest) should be viewed in the same light as movies; all media should promote community and one
should be cautious to guard their hearts and not to offend others.
- All video games that are rated higher than E10 must be passed by the Dean of Student Life.
- No Dark Fantasy based media, video games, or board games played in the community of NBC.
- Student Life staff have the responsibility to make the final call on media use.
No gambling for money or other valuables is permitted while students are attending NBC.
These can be useful technology but must be used with discretion and consideration for surroundings and time. Please do not have them turned on during class time, chapels, meals or while in meetings.
Types of Dress
- Class / Casual Dress — Pants or jeans and a shirt, t-shirt, or sweater. Items with excessive rips, worn pieces, or inappropriate messages are not acceptable. For health regulations, shoes must be worn in public buildings (non-dorms) at all times. No tank tops are permitted for either ladies or men. Athletic wear, such as sweat pants, sports jerseys, and sweatbands, is not considered class dress.
- Semi-formal Dress — Formal or casual pants, excluding denim jeans, and a casual shirt/top, excluding t-shirts or athletic shirts. The intent is to avoid being too informal, yet not requiring formal dress. Running shoes are not considered semi-formal.
- Formal dress — For ladies, skirt and casual shirt/top (not t-shirts or athletic shirts), or dresses. For men, dressier pants, shirt and tie or equivalent (i.e. turtleneck or mock turtleneck of a dressier style). The intent is that it be dressy in nature versus informal.
Note: Men are asked to remove their hats, toques, hoods etc. in the chapel, Dining Hall and in class. Discretion is given to the faculty and staff in varying situations (Ed. Center, gym, lounge, etc.).
Bible College presents unique opportunities for lifelong friendships, and it can also be a great place to meet a life partner. These relationships, properly balanced with attention to personal spiritual development and ministry training, make Bible College a unique and blessed experience.
Recognizing the need for priorities and balance, the following philosophy and guidelines have been established for those who find themselves in a dating style relationship. These boundaries are not intended to restrict but rather provide direction in light of our unique campus environment.
Healthy dating relationships require the foundation of a strong love for God, a deep respect for each other, an understanding of personal desires, and an uncompromising commitment to integrity, both as individuals and as a couple. Couples should expect to meet with a Dean to invite dialogue about the relationship and ways in which there can be clear communication about expectations from both the couple and Student Life.
Acting with integrity and purity begins in your relationship with God. It is also influenced by your entertainment choices and your thought life. True love respects and protects, it looks out for the good of the other, not the selfish desires of an individual.
Campus relationships are affected by the close quarters of NBC. Because of our close proximity to one another and involvement in mutual activities, it is possible to become very ingrown as a couple. Spending every waking moment together is not healthy for any couple, nor does it reflect life outside our setting. A healthy dating relationship allows each person room to develop other relationships. We do not want you to sacrifice your other friendships at NBC.
We believe the following guidelines encourage a healthy balance between time on your own, time together as a couple (and possible couples) and time in the NBC family.
- Keep focus on all aspects of your life as a Bible College student. This includes things like your studies, your devotional time with the Lord, and your responsibilities to build up and encourage all your fellow students.
- Set specific time to spend together. The weekdays can be full with other obligations. Try to spend your larger blocks of time together on weekends.
- Set high standards of respect and godliness.
- Make use of mixed group outings and friendship relationships. Try not to enter the potential entanglements of dating too quickly. Let a dating relationship grow naturally out of a great friendship instead.
- Public displays of physical affection on campus are to be limited to holding hands and brief hugs. Keep in mind context and avoid needless awkwardness.
- During classes, chapel, conferences, church services, special events, and other occasions where we are doing things together as a group, couples are asked to mix freely, and seek to meet the needs of their fellow students. Couples demonstrating an unhealthy or inappropriate relationship, or who become focused mainly on themselves to the exclusion of their fellow students or their studies, will enter into discussion with their Dean.
- Couples are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, respect for themselves and others, exercising good judgment regarding their reputation and Christian testimony.
These guidelines for social life are intended to assist the student find a balance in their social life and to free you from problem situations that may arise because of haste, inexperience and the unusual closeness of a campus situation. We sincerely want you to enjoy healthy, vibrant, and God-honoring relationships.
Note: NBC has established a Sexual Harassment Policy for the protection and security of students and staff. A copy of this policy can be obtained from the Dean of Student Life.
Engagement & Marriage
Students planning to become engaged during the school year are strongly encouraged to gain parental consent. Should students desire to marry during the academic year they will only be allowed to complete their year of studies by special permission from the Dean of Student Life.
While married students are part of the campus family, they also have their own private needs. The leadership of NBC would like the married students to understand the principles involved in the guidelines above, and where applicable (especially re: entertainment, dress), apply them to their relationship with the single students on campus.
Integrating married students into campus life is not an easy task. It takes a cooperative effort from both married and single students and the staff. A Married Student Advisor is appointed each year. The advisor will call a meeting early in the year to discuss school policies and activities.
All married students are encouraged to participate in student body activities.
There are many opportunities for students to become involved in campus activities. The Student Council (StuCo) of NBC has the responsibility of helping foster a healthy spiritual and social atmosphere on campus and establishing a positive relationship between the NBC Administration and NBC student body.
The Student Council is composed of a Faculty Advisor (Dean of Student Life) and an SC Executive (Chairman, Spiritual Coordinator, Activities Coordinator). Student Council is responsible to supervise and facilitate student body activities, and to give leadership to the student body regarding all matters of student life.
Students contribute to the cost of student activities and dorm/ lounge furniture, equipment and upgrades and student services in a variety of ways:
- Student Activity Fee: This fee is paid at the beginning of each semester and covers the cost of this Handbook, and provides funds for major student body outings, and for furnishings in lounges and dorms. It also makes up for any shortfall in the collection of money for the child the student body sponsors through World Vision.
- Canteen: Student Council seeks to have low canteen costs. Through the marginal profit made on the sale of this merchandise, and through recycling revenue, funds are made available, for special outings, and student activities.
- On occasion, StuCo will plan a fund-raiser, usually for a specific project.
Elections for the Student Council representatives are held at the end of the school year. Student Council supervises other representatives including class reps.
All students are expected to support the activities that are planned by their Student Council.
Minutes of all Student Council meetings are posted on the bulletin board downstairs in the Ed Centre. Students are welcome to attend all meetings. A copy of the Student Council Constitution is available from the Dean of Students.
All students are expected to attend each chapel. The chapel is to be quiet beginning at 10:15 a.m. in preparation for the worship and ministry time to follow. Chapel is designed to provide:
- Regular opportunity for the student to worship God.
- Exposure to and challenges from the Word of God.
- Understanding and appreciation of the worldwide Body of Christ.
- Opportunities for students to use their gifting to minister to each other.
- Opportunities to be a supportive and unified campus body of believers.
Students are also expected to be in attendance at a local church every Sunday they are on campus. This includes Sunday School (if available) and morning Worship service.:
- Selection of a Church must be made by the end of September.
- It is expected that students will attend that church throughout the school year.
- Sunday Evening services are not always available at every church, but if offered, attendance is encouraged.
- Students may select the church of their choice providing it is considered “Evangelical.”
Traffic Regulations: 30 km per hour is the maximum speed on campus. There are many small children on campus. Please DRIVE CAREFULLY. Do not drive on the fields or in the ditches for any reason.
Parking spaces and plug-ins will be assigned at that time. Use the designated parking spaces. Please do not park your vehicle on the road in front of the dorms, or dining hall.
Use of any motorized vehicles (motorcycles, snow machines, ATVs) on campus requires the use of helmets by driver and riders. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the loss of the privilege of using these vehicles on NBC property.
Students ignoring vehicle guidelines will lose the privilege to use the student parking area.
Student Use of School Vehicles: Students use school vehicles for a variety of school functions. Only those who have been authorized by the Finance & Facilities Manager may drive school vehicles. Each time a student wishes to use an NBC vehicle they must get permission and keys in advance from the Finance & Facilities Manager.
School vehicles are occasionally made available for events/functions that are not directly related to the NBC program (i.e., weekend ministries, tournaments, Student Ministry), provided a minimum number of students travel in the vehicle and a minimum fee be charged per student.
Students driving school vehicles are not permitted to pick up hitchhikers.
Students are encouraged to participate, not only in those activities with which they happen to be familiar, but also to avail themselves of the opportunities to learn new ones.
The team coach in consultation with the Athletic Director will select school sport teams. The following items are considered when selecting team members: academic standing, approved Christian character, and an acceptable attitude toward campus responsibilities.
Students who miss classes, chapel, or student ministry or work assignment due to illness are expected to also miss their sports involvement (including NISL) that day and evening.
NBC Athletic Involvement Guidelines
Purpose: The overriding purpose of athletics at NBC is the development of a Christ-like attitude and witness through team competition. Other purposes such as physical exercise, the development of personal discipline, and learning to work as part of a team are also important. In addition, the athletic program of NBC shall emphasize participation over competition, whereby all students of all skill levels are given opportunity to participate.
NBC will field men’s and ladies teams in the following sports (as interested students, leagues, and coaching staff allow): outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, volleyball, men’s hockey, basketball, and floor hockey.
In scheduling practices and games, coaches are asked to keep in mind the overall academic and non-academic involvement of the students. The scheduling of games and practices should be arranged together with the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students.
- NBC teams will participate in no more than 6 athletic tournaments during the year, preferably 3 per semester.
- Students on athletic teams must display a teachable Christian character. They must be willing to listen and to learn both in skill development and in Christian attitude and conduct. Any display of temper or uncontrollable behaviour will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action (i.e., suspension from participating on a team).
- Students expecting to play on a team are expected to attend all practices. If for any reason a student cannot be at a practice, such a reason must be cleared with the coach before the practice. Failure to do so can lead to suspension from the team.
- A student’s involvement in athletic teams is a subject to Academic, Student Ministry, and Student Work requirements. Therefore, any scheduling or time conflicts must be governed by this order of priority, both for practices and games.
- Since sports team participation is a privilege, sports involvement is not to be used as an excuse for handing in late assignments or not having completed Student Ministry or Student Work. Students who are not able to keep up with their work and responsibilities may be asked to leave the team, or asked not to participate in the first place.
- In the event that course grades drop as a result of sports participation, students will forfeit the privilege of participating on sports teams.
One of the key purposes of access to the Internet is to assist you in your studies at NBC. Many of our library periodicals identify web sites, which are beneficial for Christian study and ministry opportunities. It is also important to have access to computers to compile and type your papers. For this reason we are doing our best to provide resources for these goals to be accomplished.
It is expected that students who make use of the Internet/e-mail will exercise integrity and purity. In addition, the following are considered as inappropriate computer use:
- Password violations: sharing accounts, trying to access or use someone else’s account.
- Changing any system, program or preference settings.
- Accessing inappropriate material on the Internet.
- Deleting files from the computers that are not yours.
- Copying files from another student for assignment purposes.
- Possessing, using, or transmitting unauthorized material (i.e. copyright protected)
- Sending messages which contain offensive content (e.g. profanity, racial slurs, threats, etc.)
- Intentional introduction of a virus to a school computer.
- Demonstrating a security problem to other users.
We trust you will use the computer lab in a responsible manner. Violation of any of the above policies will result in suspension from use of the computer lab and possible personal probation.
NBC sponsors a community-wide Christmas Cantata, which has become a highlight for the town and area churches during the Christmas season. All students may participate in the NBC Cantata Choir during the fall semester. Whether singing or not, assistance with and attendance at the cantata is required.
Students should make sure that all medical and hospitalization cards are up to date and in order. The school cannot be responsible for bills due to neglect concerning your medical coverage.
Students are not permitted in the kitchen. Access to food in the pantry, fridge or freezer is restricted to your Student Work responsibilities. If you need access get permission from the Food Services Manager.
Facilities are provided in the Dining Hall basement and in the Dorms. These have been paid for as part of your Rental Fee. Please do not abuse these machines by overloading them. Students found to be abusing these machines will lose the privilege of access to these machines. Men may do their laundry on odd numbered dates while women may do their laundry on even numbered dates in the Dining Hall.
Students are not permitted to have pets on campus.
All halls, entrances, and stairs must be kept clear at all times. Students are responsible to avoid situations that have the potential of being fire hazards. Fire drills may occur at any time.
- Fire Prevention: The following articles are prohibited from the dorms: candles, oil lamps, firecrackers, ammunition, and cleaning fluids such as gasoline, solvents.
- Fire Regulations: Deliberately turning in a false alarm is subject to severe discipline and is a criminal offense.
- Turning On a Fire Alarm: Any fire should be treated as dangerous and reported to the RD, NBC office, Deans, President or other staff member immediately.
- Use of Fire Extinguishers: It is important to become familiar with the location of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Directions are stamped on the extinguishers. They are located at the end of each hallway near an exit. Caution: Point the extinguisher only at the fire.
- Evacuation:Move as quickly as possible to the nearest exit moving a distance of at least 100′ from the building.
Students and campus family members are asked to be sensitive to those with environmental allergies in their use of room sprays, perfumes and colognes, and deodorants.
As has been noted throughout this handbook, these guidelines and rules of conduct are given with the intent of enhancing the campus atmosphere and maximizing the spiritual goals each person brings when coming to a college such as NBC. They are in place for a reason.
If you have a problem with any of these rules it is your responsibility to talk with the respective Dean or supervisor. You are not free to take matters into your own hands, to change the rules, nor to disregard the rules. If we are to function as a healthy Christian community we must follow the biblical guidelines of “speaking the truth in love,” mutual respect and mutual accountability.
It is expected that all students appreciate the spirit of these guidelines and the ends to which these guidelines point.
All students must sign and submit the form “My Commitment to the Community Standards of NBC.”
If you have a problem with another student, a staff or faculty member, it is your responsibility to go to that person and make things right. If they have offended you, or you discover that you have offended them, the Bible is clear on whose responsibility it is to approach the other (Matt 5:23- 24; 18:15-17; Luke 17:3-4).
We realize that most people do not come to a Bible college because they have their “act together.” Rather a person comes here to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Along the way there will be failure. A teachable spirit is one that is open to reproof and correction because that person wants to grow in a way that honors their Lord. Whether that reproof comes from a peer or a teacher, it is to be given for the purpose of helping the other person grow. These types of experiences, though unpleasant at the time, are normal for every follower of Christ.
However, if in the course of the school year if it becomes apparent that a student is:
- becoming uncooperative with those in leadership at NBC (Instructors, Dean’s, RA’s, Supervisors, or other Staff),
- failing to fulfill commitments they have made in order to serve on school committees,
- not demonstrating respect for fellow students,
- in some other way making a negative contribution to the desired campus atmosphere,
that individual will be invited to a private meeting with the Dean of Students. The goal of meeting with the Dean will not only be discipline, but also understanding and clarification. If, after meeting with the Dean, the student continues to show indifference to the larger needs of the NBC community, disciplinary measures will be taken.
The continuance of the problem(s) will be met with any number of sanctions. There are a variety of options available for sanctions:
- suspension from an athletic team,
- suspension from a ministry team,
- not being granted special leaves (except for family emergencies),
- removal from any campus committees on which they serve,
- not being permitted to run for or hold any student body or class office (*If a student has been elected or appointed to such an office before being placed on probation, there will be another election or the appointment of a replacement),
- being restricted to dorm or room for a specific period of time,
- suspension from school for a determined length of time.
The duration of a student’s sanctions will vary according to the situation. The student can expect that when situations escalate that the Dean of Student Life may involve other individuals including but not limited to other Deans, Faculty and President. When the administration sees evidence of positive improvement and notice steps of growth in the individual, the sanctions will be lifted.
Should the situation not improve after disciplinary action has been taken, the only recourse is expulsion. If expulsion proves necessary, a letter will be written to the family of the student, as well as the home church, explaining the reason for such action. Probation will also be noted in a student’s permanent record. Criminal offenses that occur on campus will be automatically reported to the local RCMP detachment.
If there is ever an opportunity for a student to learn the discipline of personal budgeting it is at Bible School. With limited resources and ample opportunities to spend money, it becomes important for each student to sit down and work out a budget and then stick to it. The following are some brief guidelines to use in establishing a budget.
- Write down the total money available to you for the school term.
- Subtract your fixed costs i.e.: tuition, room & board, academic fees, etc.
- Divide the remainder by the number of months you will be at school to know the amount available each month.
- Make sure your budget includes things such as: tithing, transportation, clothing, entertainment/recreation
- Work hard at controlling impulse spending. Trips to the Dairy Queen, etc., are great, but could result in a major shortfall at the end of your school term if not kept within the monthly allotted amount.
A student must pay all outstanding bills (tuition, room & board, fines and Student Work debt) at the end of each semester. Students with outstanding debt from the previous semester will not be admitted for the next semester unless arrangements are made with the Finance & Facilities Manager.
Student work is a means of minimizing the costs of our student’s education. Student Work is, in reality, a type of invisible income. Rather than employing numerous maintenance staff, students fulfill many of the janitorial duties. It also provides the student with an opportunity to develop a sound work ethic. Your future employers will want to know about your work experience, perhaps even Student Work.
All students are required to do approximately 6 hours of student work per week. Students will not receive credit for work done in an unsatisfactory manner. Married students are not listed for regular work but will be called upon on special occasions to help with Student Work.
Weekend and other short periods of leave interfering with student work must be covered by a substitute. The student is responsible for arrangement and approval of all substitutes.
There will be times throughout the school year when students will be asked to help, over and above their regular Student Work hours (Christmas, three60five, Graduation).
Students who prefer not to be involved in the Student Work program can pay a fee: the provincial minimum wage, times the normal number of work hours required per semester.
- Academic Load – Since classes are a central aspect of the program and purposes of NBC, it is expected that all resident students will carry a full load of classes.
- Academic Program – Each individual student is registered for the program of his/her choice. Counseling of undecided students in the area of program and academic load should be done prior to registration if possible, or shortly thereafter. Three-year students are encouraged not to make program changes after the middle of their Junior year, unless the alternate program requirements have already been met.
- Course Registration Changes – Registration changes or withdrawals for non-required courses should be done as soon as possible. Withdrawal after the third class period of the course will result in the loss of tuition fees for the course. In no case will tuition be refunded for withdrawals after September 30.
Withdrawals after one week will be shown on the transcript. Withdrawals after midterm will receive an “F” grade. The Registrar must be consulted for all registration changes. Following are the transcript designations: WF = Withdrawal – Failing WP = Withdrawal – Passing Ex = Extension Granted F = Fail
- Auditing – Students may request to audit a course. Students auditing a course are not required to complete assignments or take examinations, but simply take the course for their personal enrichment. No credit is granted for auditing a class, but students must register for the class. The fee for auditors is 50% of the regular tuition rate. Those who audit a course(s) are still required to attend all classes and be attentive.
Students may register for audits provided they are doing well with the required load. All audit registrations require Registrar and instructor approval. Students cannot drop an audit class without first consulting the Registrar. Changes from audit to credit or credit to audit must be made within the time allowed for course changes.
As a Christian student, it is assumed you desire to be a good steward of the learning opportunities provided at NBC. The following guidelines are designed to aid you, your fellow students, and your instructors in achieving these goals during your time here.
- Conduct – One of the guiding principles of the NBC community is mutual respect and courtesy. Leaving the classroom while class is in session is a distraction and disruption to fellow students and the instructor. Therefore, students are asked not to leave during class except for illness related needs, as breaks are provided between classes.
- Students are also expected to refrain from distracting activities or behavior in class. General attentiveness is also expected. Failure to adhere to these conduct expectations may, at the instructor’s discretion, result in a “late” or “absence” on a student’s attendance record.
- Punctuality – Being on time is important as a courtesy both to the instructor and fellow students. Therefore, each student is expected to arrive ready for class at the prescribed time. The Deans will be notified if students are late repeatedly for period 1 classes, and may be required to go to breakfast.
- Lates will be monitored. Two lates count as one absent.
- Absences – It is expected that students will attend and be attentive in all scheduled classes. However, we realize there is a need for occasional exceptions. Therefore the following policies have been adopted.
- 1. A student is allowed “discretionary absences” in a class equal to the credit hours of the class plus one, without any penalty (i.e., 3 hr class = 4, 2 hr class = 3, 1 hr class = 2).
- If the allowable amount is exceeded, grade penalties will be applied as follows: 5% for the 5th, 5% for the 6th and 10% for each additional absence (i.e., in the case of a 3-credit class). Note: Instructors are not obligated to inform students of late and absence totals. Students are responsible for tracking their attendance.
- Absences the day before or immediately following any “long weekend” will count double. Each 50-minute time block of course instruction is considered one class period for counting purposes.
- Students are not required to give account of these discretionary absences. However, all shortterm illnesses (e.g., headache, “not feeling well,” cold, etc.), and personal needs/events (e.g., weddings, business, personal problems, etc.) fall within your discretionary absences. Excused absences will not be granted for the above reasons.
- Tour/Sports Team Attendance: Students on school teams may be required to miss certain classes (i.e. Fridays). Absences incurred while on a school outing will be considered excused. However, students will only be allowed 2 other discretionary absences per class (i.e. 50 minute periods). Staff will inform teachers of the students who will be away. The general rule will be “team absences plus two”.
- Excused Absences
- Requests for excused absences will be considered only in the case of prolonged illness (i.e., over two days), absences due to Student Ministry, emergencies, or similar extenuating circumstances.
- In the case of prolonged illness the Residence Director must be consulted. The Academic Dean may request a doctor’s referral.
- In order for any absence to be excused, including Student Ministry, students must complete an “Excused Absence Request Form.” Request forms must be submitted to the Academic Dean within one week of the class missed. Forms are available at the student mailboxes.
- Regardless of the circumstances (including excused absences), students must attend a minimum of 70% of the classes to be eligible for course credit.
Grading is done in numerical form. The grades are compiled at the end of the semester for each subject and a final grade is issued. The instructor may use the method of marking on the curve if needed. The passing grade for a course is 60%. A semester report is given after the end of each semester. Grading is done according to the grading index below.
GPA Reporting: Grade points (GP) are given for each hour of credit according to the grading index as follows:
4.0 = 92-100 3.6 = 86-88 3.0 = 80-82 2.3 = 73-75 1.7 = 66-69 1.0 = 60-62 3.8 = 89-91 3.3 = 83-85 2.7 = 76-79 2.0 = 70-72 1.3 = 63-65 0 = below
To determine the grade points earned in any given subject, multiply the grade point value of your grade by the number of credit hours in the subject. Example: a mark of 81% in a 3-hour course, would be 3.0 multiplied by 3(hours) for a total of 9 grade points earned for that course.
The grade-point average (GPA) is determined by adding the total grade points earned and then dividing by the total number of hours taken. This gives an accurate representation of the student’s academic performance for that semester. An accumulated GPA simply means that after every semester all past grades are calculated to give an accumulated GPA rating. Note: Students are responsible to ensure the accuracy of transcript records. Questions regarding the accuracy of transcripts should be directed to the Academic Dean.
Grade Appeals: An appeal to change the grade on an individual assignment must be made to the Instructor within one week of grade notification. If a student is not satisfied that his/her appeal has been adequately considered, they may appeal to the Academic Dean. All such appeals should be submitted in writing, including the assignment in question.
- Format of Assignments – In order to provide consistency in faculty expectations and to enhance the ease of reading student papers, we have outlined certain expectations for the format of papers. All work submitted must be on 8.5 x 11 inch, unlined white paper, and must not be hole-punched. Also, seniors must type all class work, while juniors and freshmen are strongly encouraged to type all papers. Students must also consult the NBC Study Guide for additional format requirements and guidance for papers.
- Submission of Assignments — Assignments are due at 5:00 P.M. on the due date specified in the course syllabus. All assignments must be submitted to the faculty slots in the Bookstore.
- Completion and Quality — Students must complete all assignments valued at 20% or greater to pass the course; failure to do so will result in a maximum course grade of 50%. Instructors are not obligated to accept assignments that are not deemed to meet minimum requirements.
- Late Assignments – Late assignments will not be accepted for modular courses or any other classes the faculty may designate.
- When accepted, late assignments (maximum of 3 days) will be penalized 10 marks per day, excluding Sundays (i.e. grade = 80% – 1 day late = 70%). Late assignments must indicate the actual date submitted in the bottom, right corner of the title page in addition to other title page requirements. If the student fails to do so, it will be considered that it was submitted on the day that the instructor is first aware of the assignment.
- Submission Deadlines: The deadline for submission of late assignments is 3 days after the original due date, excluding Sundays, non-class days and any school breaks. On Saturdays assignments may be submitted at the Bookstore by sliding them under the door. Work submitted after this deadline will not be accepted. The three-day late provision does not apply to due date extensions.
- Late assignments are to be submitted in the faculty/staff bookstore mailboxes for proper processing, not directly to the instructor.
- Discretionary Lates: In order to help students deal with times of general busyness and stress, extra-curricular involvement, short-term illness, personal/family events, computer “glitches,” etc., each student will be allowed 5 discretionary late days per semester. “Discretionary lates” can be used to “extend” an assignment due date. Some assignments, however, may not be extended, including class presentations, quizzes, assignments due during a modular class (i.e. not assignments that are due after the module), and any other assignments designated by the instructor. In spite of “discretionary lates,” assignments submitted more than 3 days after the original due date will not be accepted.
- Once a student has used all 5 “discretionary lates,” regular penalties will apply to any additional late assignments. The Registrar will keep a record of “discretionary lates” for grading purposes, but will not be responsible to remind students when they have used up their limit.
- Due-Date Extensions – Extensions will normally only be granted for emergencies or prolonged illness. General busyness and stress, extra-curricular involvement, short-term illness, personal/family events, “computer glitches”, etc., are not usually grounds for an extension. Late penalties as outlined above are generally applied in these situations.Procedures: Students needing an extension for an emergency or a prolonged illness must complete an “Extension Request Form”. These can be obtained from the student mailboxes in the lower level of the Ad. Building across from the chapel and should be submitted at the Faculty and Staff bookstore mailboxes. The Registrar and then the Instructor must approve the extension. Upon approval of the request and subsequent return of the “Extension Request Form”, the student must then attach the form to the assignment when it is submitted.
- Supplementary Assignments — A supplementary assignment may be requested from the instructor in any given course. The assignment will have a value of 10%, and shall not increase the course grade above 95%. The request for a supplementary assignment must be made at least two weeks before the last day of the class. G. Photocopy Policy — Student fees cover handouts received in class. There may be times when a student is required to photocopy material as a part of an assignment or presentation. The student is responsible for these copying costs, unless the instructor grants special permission. The instructor must personally discuss the exception with the receptionist beforehand.
- Final Exams – are administered each semester. Students must attain 50% on the final exam to pass the course. Students failing to do so will receive a maximum final course grade of 50%. Instructors, in consultation with the Academic Dean, may waive this requirement in individual cases.
- Midterm or Sectional Exams – will be given at the discretion of the instructor, and written during a regular class period. No more than one midterm exam will be scheduled for one day.
- Exam Rewrites – may be requested for any exam. The application for such a rewrite must be made to the Registrar within one week of the return of the grade, and must be written within two weeks of the return of the grade. The fee for exam rewrites is $20. The Instructor will either give the same exam and average the two grades, or modify the original exam and use the new grade. The student should prepare thoroughly in order to show mastery over a previous deficiency. No student will be allowed to rewrite more than two exams during one exam session (i.e., midterm or final)
- Exam Rescheduling – For extenuating circumstances, a student may present a request to the Academic Dean to have an exam rescheduled. Upon approval, a $20 fee (per exam) will be charged to the student’s account, except in the case of personal emergencies.
- Students with a final course grade of 50%-64% may request an upgrade from the Registrar. The writing of an upgrade is a privilege and should not be viewed as an easy way out. The maximum course grade attainable is 65%. The course upgrade fee is $35.
- The deadline for request and completion of an upgrade is 12 months after the end of the original class. Ideally, upgrades should be completed by the beginning of the next year’s fall semester.
- The upgrade assignment will be given by the Registrar, in the area of course work failed or not completed. The minimum grade required for the upgrade assignment is 10/15 to pass the course, regardless of the current course grade. Generally, an upgrade assignment or exam will be more extensive than the previous course requirements.
- Upgrade privileges will be granted only once for each course. If the upgrade is not successful in raising the course grade to 60%, the course must be retaken or replaced with another course. A maximum of 6 courses may be upgraded during a student’s course of study at NBC, with a maximum of four from the same academic year.
As noted in the school catalogue, the following are requirements for graduation: faculty approved Christian character, satisfactory completion of the credits and program requirements as outlined in the NBC catalogue, and a minimum of one year or thirty hours of resident study at NBC.
Potential graduates who have failed courses that are required for graduation may participate in the Graduation Activities if they have only one “outstanding” course requirement (due to failure or incompletion.) Or, they may participate if they require no more than two upgrades (from the final semester only) and if the Academic Dean has processed those upgrades. Foundations For Life Certificate recipients may have one “upgrade” in process from the current semester and still get their certificate.
Diplomas and certificates will be withheld until all academic requirements have been completed, and all accounts are paid. Students have up to three years to complete outstanding requirements after leaving NBC without any additional fees. After two years individuals can expect to pay a reactivation fee in order to reactivate their file and determine current graduation requirements (programs may have changed during the intervening years). The reactivation fee will be equal to the current hourly tuition fee.
- Philosophy and Criteria
- Since one of the primary purposes in attending Bible School is growth in knowledge and understanding of God and His Word, the school considers it a serious matter when students fail to achieve their academic potential. Probation exists in order to assist students toward attainment of potential, and to diligence in studies.
- Students may be placed on academic probation when one or more course grades fall below 1.0 grade points (60%), or when three or more assignments are overdue at any given time (including assignments past the submission deadline).
- Academic probation will result when the poor performance is due to signs of indifference, unused academic ability, or excessive involvement in extra-curricular activities. Low grades alone need not necessitate probation.
- The Academic Dean will determine when a student is liable for probation, although all faculty are involved at various stages of the probation process.
- Steps of Academic Probation The Academic Dean will administer probation and oversee the student’s academic progress using the following steps:
- Academic Warning – Freshmen who fail to submit two or more assignments or a course grade below 60% (1.0 GPA) will be issued an “Academic Warning.” A student will only receive one “Academic Warning” in the same school year. Juniors and Seniors should not expect to receive an Academic Warning. The Academic Dean will evaluate progress over a two-week period.
- Academic Probation (Level 1) – Students who have received an Academic Warning and fail to raise course grades sufficiently or fail to complete assignments within the time allotted, will be placed on Academic Probation for a minimum of two weeks.
This will involve Supervised Study. The student will be required to submit work and complete tasks as scheduled by the Academic Dean or an appointed staff member. The student may also be asked to study in the library or in their room at designated hours. Probation may include other terms of probation at the Dean’s discretion.
When a student has previously been on Academic Probation during the current school year, he/she will automatically be placed on probation if they have more than one late assignment or a failing course grade.
In all cases of Probation, students must receive/request official notice from the Academic Dean that probation has been lifted.
- Academic Probation (Level 2) – Students who have been placed on Academic Probation (Level 1) and fail to raise course grades sufficiently, or fail to complete all work within the time allotted, or who demonstrate lack of cooperation with the terms of probation, will be placed on Academic Probation for an additional two weeks. Additional terms of probation will also be implemented at this stage.
- Semester Probation or Suspension (Level 3) If a student has not made the necessary improvement, probation will be in effect until at least the end of the current semester.
Suspension – In the case of students, who continue to demonstrate lack of motivation and indifference or fail to comply with the terms of Academic Probation, the Academic Dean will recommend suspension for a minimum of three days or withdrawal as a student at NBC. The student will meet with the President to implement the recommendation.
- Terms of Academic Probation At the discretion of the Academic Dean, a student on probation will be subject to some or all of the following:
- Will not be granted any extended weekend or special leave privileges (except for family emergencies).
- Submit notebooks periodically for inspection and/or meet regularly with the Academic Dean and/or their faculty advisor to discuss their academic progress.
- Will be limited to one Student Ministry assignment or activity per week.
- Will not be permitted to participate in: drama productions, school athletic teams, or any other extra-curricular club as specified by the administration.
- Forfeit the privilege to be on a music or drama tour team.
- Will not be permitted to run for or hold any student body or class office, including membership on any student committee. In the case where a student has been elected or appointed to such an office before being placed on probation, another election will be held or a new appointment made and the probationer will be replaced. Note: All probation will be filed in the student’s permanent record.
Nipawin Bible College exists to train its students for effective Christian service and leadership. Therefore, a high level of integrity is expected in all areas of school life.
Plagiarism is to be conscientiously avoided. “Plagiarism” means giving the impression that you have written something original when, in fact, you have borrowed (words or ideas) from someone else without acknowledging that person’s work. Examples include: copying another student’s work, using an author’s ideas without proper footnotes, using unauthorized aids in exams, submitting the same material for credit in more than one assignment or course without permission from the instructors involved, and other forms of deceit are strictly forbidden.
The Faculty Committee will deal with cheating and other forms of academic misconduct. Infractions will receive penalties in relation to their seriousness. These penalties may include: re-doing the assignment, failure of the assignment or exam, failure of the course, probation, delay or denial of graduation, suspension, or expulsion.
All books must be signed out before removal from the library. Books marked for “Reserve” are not to be removed from the library under any circumstances, except by special permission from the Librarian or while being used in the 3rd year classroom, after which time they must be returned to the library.
Failure to follow the above expectations is a serious violation and will be dealt with as such. In the case of reserve materials, students removing them from the library deprive fellow students of access to the necessary resources to complete a given assignment. Students who violate the library sign-out policy or the reserve material policy will receive a “0” on the assignment for which the resources were used.
NBC will impose at $0.50 fine per book per day for overdue materials. One grace day will be extended if the book is returned the day after it is due. Failure to clear up accounts by the end of each semester will result in consequences such as not being permitted to participate in sporting events, banquets, final exams, etc., (pending severity of fine). Lost books result in a fine worth the replacement cost of the item, and damaged books result in a fine worth a portion of the replacement cost of the item.