FAQs – Justice & Emergency Services Placements

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Students register for Justice & Emergency Services Field Placement courses in the same way they would do so for their theory courses.

Students must register and submit the required documentation by the deadline date posted on the Field Placement page.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR MY FIELD PLACEMENT?

The following are the documents required for each placements.  These forms are all found in the DC Connect Pre-Placement Paperwork module.

**NOTE: The Original Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen must be received by the School of Continuing Education (Office #A160) to verify its authenticity.  Please ensure this item is received ON or BEFORE the posted deadline date for the term in which you are registered. Please ensure you order more than one copy of the Criminal Reference Check, as the document will not be returned.  You must keep one copy for your records and/or to provide to your placement host.

HOW MANY HOURS MUST I COMPLETE FOR PLACEMENT?

The number of hours vary between programs.  Please view the Field Placement course description for the required hours for your program’s placement course(s) on the Continuing Education website:  www.durhamcollege.ca/coned

HOW MANY HOURS CAN I DO PER WEEK?

Students are required to arrange a mutually suitable schedule with the host agency supervisor. When arranging their schedule, students must ensure they meet the required number of hours by the end date of the course.

I WORK FULL TIME, HOW CAN I DO A PLACEMENT ALSO?

Students may find it necessary to make personal adjustments to work and/or family schedules in order to complete the field placement. Options to be considered are: leaves of absence, use of vacation time, extended work hours to free up hours for placement, etc. We recognize that such arrangements require a great deal of time and effort on the students’ (and their families’) part and applaud their commitment to the achievement of their goals.

AM I REQUIRED TO FIND MY OWN PLACEMENT?

Yes.  Students are required to research a suitable placement agency and provide the details to the Placement Officer using the application form found in the DC Connect Pre-Placement Paperwork module.

CAN I DO MY PLACEMENT IN ANOTHER PROVINCE?

Students considering a placement in another province are required to contact the Placement Officer a minimum of 3-4 months prior to the term in which they wish to do their placement course, as it may take a significant amount of time to verify and secure an appropriate out of province agency.

Students are required to research the agency, ensuring that all of the placement objectives, learning outcomes and supervision requirements can be met with that agency.

MAY I DO MY PLACEMENT WHERE I WORK?

Doing your placement where you work is a conflict of interest and is not permitted.

MAY I DO MY PLACEMENT WHERE A RELATIVE IS EMPLOYED?

Students are not permitted to complete a placement experience under the supervision of a family member. This would be considered a conflict of interest.

MY AGENCY HOST WANTS TO PAY ME, IS THIS ALLOWED?

Field placements are unpaid learning opportunities, and therefore, students are not permitted to accept payment for the field placement experience.

MAY I BEGIN MY PLACEMENT BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS?

Students must ensure that they have been officially cleared prior to beginning their hours at the host agency.
Clearance will not occur prior to the start date for the placement course.

Any hours completed prior to official clearance will not be counted and must be made up before the end of the course.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I CAN BEGIN MY HOURS?

Each student will receive official clearance via email to their DCMAIL.ca account only advising them of placement details and official clearance date.

WHAT IS THE WITHDRAWAL POLICY FOR FIELD PLACEMENTS?

Students may withdraw/transfer during the first 13 days after the official start date.

If students have been given official clearance to begin placement, no refund or transfer will be accepted.

Do you have more questions?  Please contact the Placement Officer at placementsconed@durhamcollege.ca for assistance.