ECU's Response to COVID-19:
The Occupational Health and Safety Committee meets monthly. It has member representatives from students, faculty, staff and administration. Students are invited to submit questions or concerns by contacting the committee, either through any member of the committee or by contacting the Facilities office. The minutes of the committee meetings are posted outside the Facilities Office and at the Safety Blog.
Security can be contacted by using any of the Emergency Hotline phones found throughout the University, or by dialing 3838 from any internal Emily Carr phone. If you are calling from an external phone dial 604 844 3838. Security officers can be found at their desk beside the information desk on the 2nd floor when they are not conducting patrols.
The University operates on a semester system in the fall and spring. The fall semester runs from September to December and begins immediately following the Labour Day holiday. The spring semester runs from January to April and includes a study week in February. The summer semester is comprised of two sessions: Session I is 7 weeks in length in May and June and Session II is 7 weeks in length in July and August.
The ECUAD Senate is the principal academic governance body of the University. The Senate is responsible for curriculum related matters, including development of academic policy, curriculum content and student performance issues. The Senate must advise the Board and the Board must seek advice from the Senate on the development of educational policy as outlined in the University Act.
The University Act, Part 7, 35.2 sets out the composition, powers and duties of the Senate of a special purpose teaching university. The legislation sets forth a bicameral or shared governance structure for decision-making between the Board and the Senate. 35.2 (4) of the University Act states:
The senate of a special purpose, teaching university must make bylaws for the conduct of the business of the senate, including bylaws specifying the duties of members of the senate in conflict of interest situations.
The effective governance of the University is contingent on Senate members fulfilling their roles and responsibilities to the highest standards of conduct. Duty of Integrity, Duty of Loyalty, Duty of Care, Duty of Confidentiality and Duty of Skill comprise the Code of Conduct, as per Senate Bylaws 7 Code of Conduct a) – e).
Faculty representatives serve on Senate and on all the subcommittees and are elected to these positions each fall of the academic year. Following are the Senate Committees:
Curriculum Planning + Review Committee (CPR)
Academic Planning + Priorities Committee (APP)
Financial Awards Committee
Degree Exhibition Committee
The University does not tolerate sexual harassment in any of its constituencies. Everyone at the University has the right to a work or study environment that is free from the discomfort, intimidation, or offensiveness of sexual address, whether physical or verbal, whether direct or innuendo.
See harassment policy.
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the University, including building entrances. As per City of Vancouver regulations, smoking is only permitted in areas outside the University at least 20 meters away from any entrances or air intakes. Please respect others’ rights to clean air.
Students must maintain an appropriate standard of conduct. They are expected to behave responsibly and with propriety, obey the law and University regulations. They must demonstrate respect for all persons on the campus, and display mature conduct. They are held responsible for their individual or collective actions.
The University must maintain an environment conducive to learning. It may require students to leave the education setting to preserve the environment or to ensure that all University constituents have access to a safe working and learning environment.
Faculty and staff are responsible for identifying and dealing with misconduct. The Academic Administration Office and the Executive Director, Enrolment and Student Services/ Registrar have the authority to respond to more serious situations. The power to suspend or expel a student from the University resides with the President. Decisions of the President may be appealed to the Board of Governors.
Failure by students to maintain appropriate standards of conduct may result in the initiation of disciplinary action by the University.
Please refer to our Policies page.
Positions on campus
Several part-time work experience opportunities are available for students in a variety of assignments including studio support, instructional assistance, research assistance and special event work. As interest in these positions is keen, students can expect that a record of reliability and maturity is essential for appointment and ongoing work. Information on student worker policies and procedures can be obtained at Human Resources, or on our Policies page. Contact the studio technicians, gallery, library or area faculty about the availability of work opportunities. Please note that students must be currently registered at the University to be eligible for student work.
There are three types of student employment at ECU:
1) Student Monitor: Available to undergraduate or graduate students with a valid social insurance number prior to start date. The duties of a Student Monitor depend on the needs of the department and hiring supervisor. Some Student Monitors, for example, assist with the setup of special events and art installation at our annual grad show. Others may work as greeters. Other positions may provide studio support in the form of preparing studio classrooms and ensuring all supplies and tools are maintained for curriculum that is being conducted. Student Monitor positions are designed to provide students with practical work experience as part of the educational process as well as financial assistance.
2) Research Assistant: Available to undergraduate (at wage Level 1 or 2), graduate, and PhD students with a valid social insurance number prior to start date. Research Assistants work for a faculty member or as part of team on a larger research initiative. Research Assistantships are designed to provide students with valuable experience in research and other activities that support their studies and further their individual professional objective.
3) Teaching Assistant: Available to undergraduate (at wage Level 1 or 2) and graduate students with a valid social insurance number prior to start date. Teaching Assistantships are designed to provide students with experience teaching in their area of expertise and are arranged on a case-by-case basis with individual instructors.
Positions off campus
Hundreds of companies contact the Career Development + Work Integrated Office, interested in hiring Emily Carr students and alumni. If you are a student or alumni looking for employment, Work Integrated Learning/Co-op opportunities, Career Development + Work Integrated Learning Office can assist you with work search strategies, provide guidance on your résumé, CV, cover letter and portfolio, to help you achieve your career goals.
For more information, contact the Career Development + Work Integrated Learning Office
This is a student-run group that is a partnership between the Emily Carr Students’ Union and the Libby Leshgold Gallery. The Exhibitions committee is made up of students who help review and select student exhibition proposals in the upcoming school year. The members also help with installations, photo documentation, archival of selected student exhibits and curate in the peripheral spaces around campus. To join the Exhibitions Committee or submit a proposal, email email@example.com.
Emily Carr Students are members of the Canadian Federation of Students. The Canadian Federation of Students provides students with an effective and united voice. Since tuition fees, financial aid programs, and funding levels are set by the federal and provincial governments, it is vital that the interests and concerns of students are represented at both levels.
As Local 33 of the Canadian Federation of Students, students here work with over 600,000 other students across Canada to make education more affordable and accessible and provide you with great services such as our handbook/day planner and the International Student Identity card. Together, your Students’ Union representatives and representatives of the Canadian Federation of Students represent you locally, provincially, and nationally. For more info, check out cfs.bc.ca.
The Studentsaver card is a national discount program operated by the Canadian Federation of Students. All Emily Carr students are members of the CFS and are entitled to a free Studentsaver card that provides various discounts advertised on the card. Get your card inside the Students’ Union day planner or in the Students’ Union office and get discounts across the country.
Foundation students are welcome to work in any Foundation classrooms, when available. Class schedules are posted on all Foundation rooms. Check for room availability by contacting Gaye or Willow in the Foundation Office, Room D330.
Bachelor of Fine Arts – majors in Visual Arts, Photography, Illustration and Critical + Cultural Practice
Fourth year students who are enrolled in a 6 credit senior studio course (VAST400, VAST410, VAST420, ILUS400, ILUS401, PHOT410) may be assigned a studio space or a shared studio space in their area of practice. Eligible students will receive an email from the Deans’ Office at the beginning of the semester outlining the process, procedures and guidelines for studio space as well as the date of studio space allocation.
Third year students enrolled in a 6 credit, 300 level studio course in PNTG, DRWG or ILUS will be assigned to a communal studio room by their instructors.
Bachelor of Design – majors in Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design
Students are allocated shared studio space by the curriculum areas at the beginning of the semester.
Note: Studio space is space that is usually designated for production/studio-based courses in Fine Arts, Media Arts and Design. Seminar rooms are not to be used for any studio based activities. Regulations concerning studio space utilization will be posted and it is expected that students will respect the comfort and safety of all.
The animation production studio features traditional animation light tables along with computer workstations and Cintiq tablets, line testers, and several under-camera stations. All animation students share the use of the studio and its facilities. Use of the stop-motion studio is arranged on a per-project basis, and is shared among multiple stop-motion projects.
The summer programs include a range of Foundation, Media, Design and Visual Arts courses offered through the various degree curriculum areas, and non-credit courses through Continuing Studies.
Your instructors and technicians care about your success and well-being. The Support Message System is an electronic messaging system where faculty and staff can communicate to students when there are academic and/or behavioral concerns.
If you are not meeting your course requirements and/or are exhibiting emotional distress, you may receive a Support Message. There are two types of support messages that can be sent: Academic Check-in and Referral for Support. A copy of the Support Message goes to the student, the sender and the Student Resource Coordinator.
The purpose of these messages is to draw attention to the concern, make suggestions for improvement and/or direct you to university resources that may help you. If you receive a support message it is best to act on the suggestions outlined and to discuss it with the instructor if you have any questions.
Students who have received a support message may also be contacted by the Student Resource Coordinator who works with the student to connect them with university resources that support their needs.