Questions for Parents

Questions for Parents

 

 

 

 

How safe is Brock?

Campus Security allows Brock University to be a safe and friendly campus. Their role is to enhance the quality of life on campus by working co-operatively with the community. With 24 staff members, 81 emergency phones, 11 defibrillators, and a well-lit campus it allows the Brock community to feel safe and be a part of a friendly environment.
Once on campus most destinations could be reached without having to go outside and many buildings on campus are in close proximity with one another.
For students that are worried about their safety when walking across campus late in the evening, the Foot Patrol Service is available. The Brock University Students Union (BUSU) works with Campus Security Services to manage this program that is a free volunteer service and provides students, staff and visitors with a safe escort on and around campus at night. To request the service, simply call extension 4700 and provide them your location and destination. Two volunteers will arrive shortly and escort you to your on campus destination. Foot Patrol volunteers are easily recognizable on campus wearing their red and black Foot Patrol jackets and a smile. All volunteers are screened, trained and available during the fall and winter semesters. This year the service is available Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 7:30pm to 1:30am and Thursdays and Special Events from 7:30pm to 3:00am.
 
What can you tell me about housing at Brock University?
The Brock residence system can accommodate a total of 2,410 students in two basic styles of residences: traditional and townhouses. Students living in the traditional style residences are accommodated in “halls” or “houses” with 40-60 students per hall/house and all use a meal plan in a residence dining hall. Those living in townhouses share a “unit” with two, three or four other students and have the option to do their own cooking.

There are four traditional-style residences: DeCew and Lowenberger Residences have accommodations in single and double rooms and a self-contained dining hall; Vallee and Earp Residences are all single rooms and students eat in the same dining hall as DeCew residents. All traditional style residences have common lounges and/or study rooms, as well as laundry facilities.

The townhouse style residences combine the independence of townhouse living with the convenience of location and inclusion in residence activities and events. There are two townhouse style residences: the Village and Quarry View. Each unit at the Village Residence accommodates five students (three in single rooms and two share a double room); Quarry View Residence is all single rooms with three and four bedroom units.

All residence rooms are furnished with basic necessities and all include phone, internet and cable television connections. Residence life is monitored and facilitated by the Residence Life Staff. The RLS are upper year students who are assigned responsibility for sections (house, hall, court, block) within each residence complex. They are available to answer questions and provide direction. Also, they endeavour to create a sense of community within the residences. All residences provide opportunities for residents to get involved, whether through the Residence Action Councils or volunteering for “crew” or by participating in residence activities and events. Students who indicate an interest in residence on their OUAC form will be sent information about applying for residence along with the University’s offer of admission. There are a limited rooms available for students with wheelchair accessiblity needs. Special housing needs should be discussed with both the Department of Residences and the Services for Students with disABILITIES Office.

There are several food service outlets on campus, operated by the University’s food service provider, Sodexho. With a complement of managers and staff, Sodexho provides food service in the Tower Cafeteria, Walker Complex Food Court, three Tim Hortons and two residence dining halls. Also, Sodexho is responsible for catering numerous events within the University, ranging from small coffee breaks to large banquets. Students may purchase Declining Cash Balance (DCB) for as little as $100 for use at Sodexho outlets on campus as well as several off campus restaurants and a nearby Shoppers Drug Mart. The Brock University Students’ Union operates a number of food services on campus, including Union Station and Isaac’s Skybar within the Students’ Union Building.

 
What type of transportation is available to Brock?
Each student enrolled in 1.5 or more credits has access to the regional bus system. This is called the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass). The Brock Hub is a cooperative service provided by several transit lines in the region that has made Brock University the HUB for bus travel in the Niagara Peninsula. Students can catch a bus in front of the Schmon Tower at Brock University and travel to any point in St.Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland or Thorold.
 
What can you tell me about Financial Aid at Brock?
The Office of Student Awards & Financial Aid’s (SAFA) goal are to recognize excellence in learning and to help students address the financial obligations associated with University study. Brock University offers services to students in all areas of financial support: Student Loans, i.e. OSAP, BCSAP, etc., bursaries, work-study programs and scholarships.

BURSARY PROGRAMS
Brock provides bursary assistance to students who demonstrate financial need. Bursaries applications are assessed by the University’s Bursary Officer through the completion of a Student Profile or Brick University Bursary Application, both are available on the Student Awards & Financial Aid (web site: brocku.ca/safa). Brock Entrance Bursary applications are open to all entering students until March 31 each year. The Brock General Bursary is open to all Brock students, at any time during the academic year. Bursaries established by donors are detailed in the University’s undergraduate calendar. Donor Bursaries may include additional terms of reference that an applicant must meet in order to qualify. These bursaries generally have an application deadline of October 15.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Brock recognizes the academic achievement of exceptional students through our scholarships and awards programs. Academic awards are granted to entering, returning and graduating students to encourage and recognize high levels of study.

 
FINANCIAL AID
Work-Study Programs
- Our office, in conjunction with Career Services, administers the University’s work/study program – Experience Works! Students must demonstrate financial need and meet Ontario residency requirements in order to qualify for a work-study employment opportunity.
Government Student Loans - The Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid administers the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), out of province and out of country government student loan programs. Financial Aid Officers help students understand the programs requirements and advise Brock students with respect to current government regulations.
Financial Peer Assitance - Brock students who are available to help you with money-related Problems. The service is 100% non-judgmental, confidential, one-on-one and best of all . . . FREE!
The assistance that is offered includes:
• listening to, respecting and addressing all of your concerns;
• working with you to set up a personalized, workable budget;
• informing you about available financing; (where and how to get bursaries and emergency loans);
• referring you to other locations that can give you the help you need.

Appointments can be made in the Student Development Centre, ST 400 or telephone (905) 688-
5550, extension 3240. Financial Peer Assistants also provide budgeting workshops. These are offered periodically and are available to all Brock students. Special group bookings can be arranged through the Student Development Centre.

 
What services are offered for Career Advice?
Career Services is dedicated to helping students explore career options, define career goals and plan their academic, work and volunteer opportunities to meet those goals. Students can drop by our resource centre at their convenience - no appointment is necessary! The following services, resources, events, opportunities, and programs are available: Career Resource Centre - Our centre contains information pertaining to career exploration, job
search, employment trends, educational and employment directories, and degree-specific occupational information. Students can meet one-on-one with our team of trained Career Assistants who will provide practical resources and hands-on assistance with career planning and job search. Job Opportunities – Getting a job can be a great way to make some extra cash during the school year and to gain experience in a specific career field. There are a number of job opportunities available for students: on-campus* and off-campus, full-time and part-time, volunteer, and summer positions. Students can check out the Career Services website to view current postings! *Note: In some cases, on-campus jobs are partially funded through the Ontario government and students are required to meet eligibility requirements. To apply for these jobs, students must complete a Student Profile online, and will be informed if they meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, students can call or visit our office. Workshops - A variety of workshops are provided to help students get the most out of their job search. Topics include résumés, cover letters, interviews, building a portfolio and job search. The schedule of available workshops is on the Career Services web site. Events – Career Services has regularly scheduled events designed to connect students with volunteer and employment opportunities, such as the Career Fair, Graduate Fair, Volunteer Fair Fair, and more. These fairs are usually all day events, hosted on-campus, allowing students to drop by as they please. Graduate Recruitment – We host employers on campus from a variety of sectors throughout the year. These companies conduct information sessions and arrange to interview Brock students who are in their graduating year for positions beginning after graduation. EXPERIENCE Plus - Designed to give Brock students a competitive edge in the job market after graduation, EXPERIENCE Plus is a careers-oriented, work and skill-building program. Students’ involvement in part-time paid or volunteer work along with career development workshops are tracked and compiled into a career portfolio. When our students graduate, they can request their EXPERIENCE Plus transcript, outlining the skills and experiences they’ve gained through this program. MED Plus - If a student plans to pursue medical school or a health related career, they may want to consider MED Plus Plus, a unique, extra-curricular experiential learning program*. In partnership with area hospitals, practitioners and health organizations, MED Plus is designed to provide students with career development, practical experience and the most up-to-date information about the health care sector. Activities include workshops, volunteer placements, job shadowing and guest speakers. For any student interested in a health profession, MED Plus is a great chance to learn more about the medical system and to build a network with health care professionals here in Niagara!
*MED Plus is a fee for service program.

 

What if my daughter or son requires special services or accommodations?
The Student Development Centre provides services and accommodations to students who are academically inconvenienced because of a physical, medical, sensory, mental health, or learning disability. Services and accommodations are determined on an individual basis depending on the documented needs of the student.
 
What is an average class size?
Although class size varies, our largest lecture hall seats 500 students. The majority of courses at Brock have a secondary component in addition to lectures. These components are seminars, tutorials and labs. In these smaller group settings, students have the opportunity to discuss lecture material, interact with their peers, and refine skills such as the ability to analyze and problem solve.
 
Do you recommend that my son/daughter work while attending Brock?
On and off campus employment opportunities are a great way to earn money, gain confidence and build leadership skills. Students are encouraged to check the job postings that are listed on-line through our Career Services web site. Students can search a database according to a field of interest, job type and location. All information needed to apply for the job is provided. It is vital that students find an appropriate balance between work, social and academic commitments to ensure a meaningful and rewarding experience in all aspects of their lives.
 
What changes can I expect to see in my son or daughter?
University is a challenging and exciting time in a student’s life. In most cases, this is their first time away from home and they will be experiencing freedom in making choices. Encourage them to ask for help when they need it. Try not to worry too much; trust them; expect homesickness; show interest (but offer distance); discuss money management, and, above all, be patient and supportive.
Please visit brocku.ca/personal-counselling/information-for-parents for more information.
 
What help can you give if my daughter/son becomes depressed?
If your son/daughter begins experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties while at Brock, we can provide help for them. The Personal Counsellors in the Student Development Centre all have a minimum of ten years experience. They are very familiar with the wide range of personal issues that can detract from a student’s academic performance and quality of life. They are well versed in the demands of the University environment and are committed to the philosophy that within the partnership of the counseling relationship, individuals can discover or acquire the resources needed to deal with the issues disrupting their lives. Students do not have to pay for counseling, however there is a Missed Appointment Policy ($20 fee) if you do not notify the Centre that you are unable to attend by 4:30 p.m. on the day prior to your appointment. Appointments are confidential and can be made during regular office hours 8:30-12:00, 1:00-4:30 Monday to Friday by calling (905) 688-5550 ext. 4750 or by visiting the Student Development Centre (Schmon Tower 400). For more information about our service see our web page at brocku.ca/sdc/counselling
 
How can I get information about how my son or daughter is doing in school?
It is University policy to make a minimum of information freely available to all inquirers. This restriction applies to requests from parents, spouses, credit bureaus and police. For additional information concerning Third party access brocku.ca/webcal/2013/undergrad/areg.html
Your best source of information about your son or daughter, is your son or daughter.
How are academic averages calculated?
Averages are computed by dividing the sum of the numeric grades assigned to credits by the total number of credits attempted.
Average = The sum (credit weight x grades)
Course Weight Mark
Example: MGMT 1P51 .5 credit 75 .5 x 75 = 37.5
MATH 1P98 .5 credit 65 .5 x 65 = 32.5
ECON 1P92 .5 credit 68 .5 x 68 = 34
ECON 1P91 .5 credit 60 .5 x 60 = 30
Total 134
Therefore 134/2 (# of credits attempted) = 67% average
 
What if my son or daughter is having difficulty in a course?
It is encouraged that students meet with their Academic Adviser if they are having difficulty in a course. At the advising session, students will have an opportunity to ask questions, evaluate their options, and receive guidance and tips on how to ensure their academic success at university.
Students may also attempt to request help directly from their instructor if they are experiencing some difficulty in a course. Each instructor has designated office hours throughout the week so they are available for students that have questions about course material. This is an opportunity for students to take advantage of especially if there is course content they do not completely comprehend.
Teaching Assistants are another resource that students may utilize in an attempt to ensure success in a class. Teaching Assistants may lead seminars, labs, or tutorials and are very knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Workshops that are conducted by the Student Development Centre are another example of acquiring assistance if students need help in a particular class. Workshops that are offered include Essay Writing, Efficient Reading, Preparing for Exams and Managing your Time.
 
When are exams?
Please visit the Registrar’s Office website at brocku.ca/registrar/guides/returning/timetable/exams.php for up to date exam information.

Does Brock have an Alcohol Policy?

Yes, Brock does have an alcohol policy that encourages students to behave responsibly: brocku.ca/campus-security/alchohol-policy

Does Brock offer any “Alternatives to Drinking” events?

Yes. Brock offers many “Alternatives to Drinking” events and encourages a balance in favour of “dry” events and programs.

Does Brock have any fitness facilities?

Yes, Brock is home to a 23,000 square-foot space Fitness Facility which includes 3 gymnasia, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a 200-metre indoor running track, an indoor climbing wall, a 50m pool and whirlpool, 3 squash courts, a racquetball court, 4 tennis courts, sauna, change room/shower facilities, an athletic injury clinic, a rowing centre and a food court.

 
Is there any Academic Advising available for my son or daughter?

Academic advising is available for students to assist them in a variety of ways. Advisers can explain the academic requirements for university programs; discuss and explain the requirements of the programs offered; interpret academic policies and procedures; develop program plans (a map of which courses are left to complete your degree); discuss various program options and refer students to appropriate departments and services. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each year to ensure that they are on track. Students with a Declared Major should contact the Academic Advisor specific to their major. Students who are currently undeclared or in the General Studies Program can choose to book an appointment through the Registrar’s web site at brocku.ca/registrar/advising/, or take advantage of walk-in advising. Walk-in advising times can be found by visiting the Office of the Registrar website: brocku.ca/registrar/advising/

What if my son or daughter wants to switch programs?
Students should be aware that there is a certain degree of flexibility when they enrol in a program at Brock University. In first year students are exposed to a range of general courses that will allow them to determine what area they are interested in. In many instances, students may have the opportunity to switch their major if they decide that another area of study is more suitable. Switching majors will be subject to the availability of space in the new program, as well as a student’s grades.

If a student has more then one area of interest, Brock offers a variety of Minor and Certificate programs. Minors and Certificates allow a student to enhance their degree with specialization in an additional area of expertise. See the Brock University Undergraduate Calendar at brocku.ca/webcal/ for information about the Minors and Certificates that are available.


What is the Value of a Brock Degree?
Brock University strives to create an intellectual climate, in both the world of ideas and in the realm of practice. Whether you plan to begin your career, or pursue further studies, Brock has established outstanding academic programs with many opportunities to enrich your studies through experiential learning.
Here at Brock our program offerings are constantly being developed, updated and improved. Most recently, the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA) has accredited our Physical Education and Kinesiology programs. CCUPEKA is the group of deans and directors representing accreditation and standards in Physical Education and Kinesiology programs at post-secondary institutions across Canada. In addition, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the oldest and most respected accrediting body for business schools, has accredited our Faculty of Business. The association includes schools such as Harvard and the London School of Business (UK), and Brock University will join only four other Ontario Universities in possessing this accreditation. These are two examples of the many excellent degree programs offered at Brock, and demonstrate the commitment of faculty and staff to consistently provide quality programs.
In addition to our host of Undergraduate programs, Brock is steadily introducing new Graduate and Research programs. This demonstrates our movement and growth into a comprehensive institution, offering students a range of options to suit their needs.
Brock is also proud to boast the highest employment rate among Ontario Universities at 98.2%. This figure is well above the provincial average, and demonstrates the value of a Brock degree as graduates enter the workforce.
 
What computer services does my child have access to at Brock?

As a Brock student your son or daughter has access to a variety of computer services. Nine computer labs are available, including the 144 seat computer Commons Area featuring state of the art computers and flat screen monitors. Every computer lab is equipped with printing facilities, Internet access, and a lab advisor who is on duty to assist students with questions or concerns. Select labs also provide students with access to scanners and CD burners. Training and meeting rooms are also available.
Each Brock student is assigned a Brock e-mail (Badger) account, which they can access on or off-campus. In addition, each student is assigned 50 MB of space on the Brock network drive that can be accessed in any lab on-campus. This allows students to work in almost any computer lab without the hassle of saving their work to disk.
Students should be aware that many departments will use the Brock e-mail address as the only means to communicate some information. It is important that students use and monitor this account.
 
What is "Smart Start"?
 
Smart Start, Students Making A Realistic Transition is a one-day orientation program designed to assist first year students in their transition to University. As a parent, you are also encouraged to attend this event; there is an entire day of activities planned especially for you!  Additional information on the Smart Start program will be sent in your son or daughter’s admission package. Please click here to visit the Smart Start web site.
 
 
What if my son or daughter does not live in residence?
 
Brock University offers Off-Campus Living Services. They are a resource centre that includes off-campus housing information, a listing service and a mediation service. The mediation service offers student tenants, landlords and residents, resources and assistance relating to rental housing and neighbourhood relations.
 
What does it cost to take classes at Brock?
 
Please refer to brocku.ca/finance for information on the fee structure and any additional ancillary fees.