ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Trent offers numerous ways for students to access academic advising services on campus. Each residential college has a senior academic advisor (Senior Tutor) supported by a team of volunteer faculty advisors. Advisors are available throughout the year either by appointment or during drop-in hours. In addition, first-year students participate in academic advising sessions during New Student Orientation and Advising (NSOA) days during the summer and in Introductory Seminar Week (ISW) in the fall. Students affiliated with Julian Blackburn College (normally part-time students or full-time students studying in Oshawa) receive academic advising from a Julian Blackburn College Academic Advisor (see Part-time study opportunities for more information about JBC). Academic advising services are offered, by appointment, through the JBC office in Peterborough and at the Trent University Office in Oshawa. Advising is also offered by e-mail through firstname.lastname@example.org. All students can seek advice from departmental advisors for discipline-specific course planning.
While the ultimate responsibility for course selection and compliance with the University’s academic regulations rests with the student, an adviser can assist with matters of course selection, interpretation of academic regulations, the selection of majors, compliance with university deadlines, etc. Students are advised to make maximum use of academic advisors in planning their academic program.
The academic advising resources within each college are directed by the college’s Senior Tutor, who acts as a resource both to students and to advisors.
Students who find themselves in difficulty with the academic regulations and/or degree requirements of the University should consult the Senior Tutor of their college for advice.
The Academic Advisors/Senior Tutors may be reached at the following email addresses:
For a list of Academic Advisors/Senior Tutors, see Colleges section, and for Trent in Oshawa click the title.
Academic Skills Centre
The Academic Skills Centre teaches students through individual and group instruction. The Centre is located in Champlain College and provides services to students in all colleges and at Trent’s campus at UOIT.
Individual and Group Instruction
All students – in all disciplines and at all levels – may take advantage of the assistance offered by Academic Skills Centre instructors, either in individual appointments or in non-credit workshops. Instructors offer 45-minute appointments during regular business hours throughout the academic year and in the summer session. These confidential appointments give students the chance to discuss work in progress or to learn valuable skills such as critical and efficient reading, critical thinking, time management, seminar-presentation strategies, exam-preparation techniques, and mathematics instruction. Many students bring drafts of essays or ask questions about narrowing a topic, finding a thesis or conducting research. In addition to scheduled appointments, instructors are available for drop-in consultation. Students are encouraged to book appointments early, especially after reading week each term as appointments fill up quickly at these busy times of the semester.
The Centre also offers a range of non-credit workshops designed to teach, in a group setting, essential academic skills. Topics include essay writing, clear writing and grammar; workshops are also offered in study skills, time management and exam preparation. A number of appointments and workshops are also offered at Trent’s campus in Oshawa.
Students should call the Centre or consult the annual brochure or the website for complete details on available appointments and workshops.
Each summer, the Centre teaches University Prep 101, a non-credit course designed especially for students making the transition to university. It is of particular interest to high-school students and those coming to university from community college or the workforce. The course provides instruction in the fundamental academic skills related to reading, writing, thinking, and speaking at the university level. Readings and assignments are designed to mirror the expectations of first-year courses with the goal of preparing incoming students well for their first exposure to university.
In addition, the Centre’s newest non-credit offerings, MATH 101 a/b, are online non-credit course in mathematics designed for students who wish to refresh or hone their math skills prior to coming to Trent in the Fall.
Academic Skills Centre instruction is also supported by the Peer Mentoring program, a student-run volunteer program that matches students with mentors who offer course specific academic support. The program also organizes study groups.
The ASC has a mathematics instructor, and instruction is also available for students with learning disabilities and students whose first language is not English.
Trent operates a University Bookstore located in Champlain College on the Symons Campus. The bookstore accommodates a wide range of needs and interests, not only for Trent students, faculty, and staff, but for the Peterborough community in general. The store aims to be more than a mere outlet for textbooks and supplies. We carry a wide range of general-interest books, along with software, Trent University clothing, gifts and a variety of food and beverage items.
School rings and jackets are sold throughout the academic year.
Textbook buy-back days are held throughout the year, Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The value of each book is determined by the demand. Please see store for details.
New textbooks can be returned for a full refund under the following conditions:
• A sales receipt must be presented in order to return a textbook (new and used)
• The text must be in “new” book condition (no writing, no highlighting and no damages)
• A textbook may be returned within seven days of the first day of classes, or within two days of the purchase
• If a class is dropped, a student has up to one month after classes begin for a full refund (must meet “new” book conditions)
• Shrink-wrapped sets and shrink-wrapped texts are non-returnable if they have been opened.
• Coursepacks and reprotexts are non-returnable.
• Textbooks purchased during the last week of classes or during exams are ineligible for refunds.
Manager, Disability Services
Within its resources, Trent University endeavours to ensure the accessibility of its campus and programs to all students, including those with disabilities. The University has a Disability Services Office, located on the ground floor of the Bata Library building, and a disability services team, who provide support and advocacy on behalf of students with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. Some of the services provided by this office include transcription services for those who are visually impaired or print-disabled, assistance with obtaining note-takers for hearing-impaired students, exam invigilation services for students with a variety of disabilities, and liaison with faculty members and with support agencies in the community. In addition, the Disability Services Office has available some adaptive technological aids such as computers equipped with voice synthesizer, optical scanning equipment, reading lamps, portable FM systems, four-track tape recorders and hand-held tape recorders.
Students with disabilities who are considering attending Trent are strongly encouraged to contact the Office at the time of application since some action may be necessary in advance to accommodate the student’s needs. For example, in the case of a learning disability, where appropriate, formal diagnosis and assessment of the condition will be required. Normally this would include a report prepared by a registered psychologist within the past three years. In all cases, early identification of needs is extremely important.
Students with mobility impairments are strongly urged to visit the campus to determine its suitability to their needs and interests. Most buildings are equipped with ramps and/or elevators to provide access for persons with mobility difficulties.
Students with disabilities are also encouraged to become aware of assistance that is available through various private and public agencies. For example, hearing-impaired students from Ontario may be able to get financial assistance for note-takers or tutors from Educational Support Services of the Canadian Hearing Society while students requiring adaptive technology may obtain partial funding from the Assistive Devices program of the Ontario government. Students from other jurisdictions who have disabilities should investigate the availability of assistance through such agencies in their home province or country.
The Disability Services Office also co-administers with the Financial Aid Office, the Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities for eligible students who incur disability-related educational expenses. Applications for these bursary funds are available in September of each year.
Director, Information Technology
P. Wood, B.Sc. (Trent), M.Sc. (McMaster)
Manager, Support and Instructional Technology
Manager, Digital Service Delivery
Manager, Information Systems
A wide variety of computing and media resources is available to members of the Trent academic community in support of their research, learning, teaching and scholarship. These include wireless Internet access, public labs providing Internet access, e-mail, various computer languages, productivity applications, computer-based services, audio-visual equipment, projectionists, and a media library service. All computing services are available from computer labs on campus, with many also available from other locations over the Internet. All instructional technology support services (including media bookings) are provided free of charge to all academic programs. All equipment and media bookings are available on-line via myTrent.
Computing resources are accessible only through personalized computer accounts, available to all faculty, staff and students through Information Technology. Accounts for first-year students are available for activation as part of the University’s summer new student orientation process.
Trent’s computer facilities are available for use free of charge by all Trent students and Trent employees.
Robert F. Clarke, B.A., M.L.S. (McGill)
Librarians and Archivists
K. Field, B.Mus.Ed. (Dalhousie), M.L.S. (UBC) (on leave 2009-2010); J. Luyben, B.A., M.L.S. (Western Ontario); J. Millard, B.A. (McMaster), M.L.S. (Toronto), Dipl.Cult.Con. (Victoria), M.A. (T) (McMaster); E. Olsen-Lynch, B.Sc. (Brock), M.L.I.S. (Western); G. Ripley, B.A. , M.L.S. (Western); M. Scigliano, B.A. (Toronto), M.L.S. (Dalhousie), M.A. (Concordia) (on leave Fall term 2009);
J. Watson, B.A. (Carleton), B.Ed. (Lakehead), M.A. (Laurentian), M.L.I.S. (Western Ontario);
B. Znamirowski, B.A. (Queen’s), M.L.S. (Dalhousie)
T. Eadie, B.A., M.A., M.L.S; M. W. Genoe, B.A., M.A. (Waterloo), M.L.S. (Western Ontario), M.Phil. (Waterloo), M.P.A. (Queen’s); A. McCalla, B.A., B.L.S., M.L.S
University Archivist Emerita
B. Dodge, B.A, M.A, Ed.D. (Toronto)
The Thomas J. Bata Library is the architectural focal point of the Symons Campus, adjacent to the University Court. It plays a pivotal role in fulfilling the University’s mission by providing support for study, teaching and research in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. In a time of accelerating change, the Library is committed to excellence and innovation, and to a place in the vanguard of academic libraries in Canada.
The online Library catalogue provides access to the collection from computers within the Library and remotely via the Internet. The Library website (www.trentu.ca/library) provides online guides, tutorials, assistance, forms, e-resources, links to valuable sites, and all information related to Library services and resources. The Library’s collection includes more than 593,300 volumes, 371,436 microforms, 1,460 current print serials subscriptions, 16,770 electronic serials, 87,000 maps and 24,500 air photos, and 243,273 government publications. The Library has a growing collection of education materials to support the Bachelor of Education program. Most print material is available in open stacks. An innovative library instruction program is also offered.
The Library houses a number of special collections to support the University’s interest in Canadian Studies. These include the G. M. Douglas Arctic Collection, the Floyd Chalmers Collection of Canadian Explorations and the A. J. M. Smith Collection of Canadian poetry and literature. Transcripts of the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (MacDonald Commission) and those of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry are also available. In addition the Library was a charter subscriber to the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (now known as Canadiana.org), and holds the entire collection.
Trent University Archives holds non-current records of the University and also functions as a regional archive preserving private historical records of Peterborough County and the surrounding area. Holdings comprise over 1,100 metres of textual records – family, business, association and institutional papers – as well as 38,000 photographs, maps and other graphic items. In addition, a number of special collections of published materials have been acquired which focus on rare Canadiana. The Archives Web site (trentu.ca/library/archives) provides an overview of the department and policies as well as in-depth guides to the holdings.
The Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) is a major resource for all students. The department serves as a regional depository for several governments including the federal Government of Canada and provincial Government of Ontario. Collections include: Canadian parliamentary and legislative papers, statutes and regulations and other Canadian legal tools, Statistics Canada collections, royal commissions and task force reports, technical reports and studies as well as a range of cartographic resources including Canadian and international gazetteers and atlases, topographic maps, theme maps, Ontario Base Maps, and aerial statistical digital information as well as related technical support. Introductory and specialized workshops to MaDGIC collections are offered in addition to general reference services. (www.trentu.ca/library/madgic).