How It Works

How does an online course work?

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How does an online course work?

SOLUS - Queen's Student Online University System

SOLUS is Queen's Student Online University System. You'll use SOLUS to

  • register for courses
  • add and drop courses
  • update address information
  • view your fees account
  • plan your degree

Once you are registered and have your NetID and password, you can login to SOLUS.  For more information, visit

Moodle - Queen's Online Learning Management System

Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll login to Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course -- notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, help -- will be on the Moodle site.

On the first day of your term, you'll be able to login to Moodle and see your courses. You'll click on the course title to open it.

Online Instructors and Teaching Assistants

When you take a Queen's online course, you'll have a real professor with real teaching assistants (TAs). The course will be interactive and instructive, with live help and discussion. Many students find that they have more interaction with their professors in online courses than in on-campus courses. Don't hesitate to contact your professor if you have a question, or post a new discussion thread to get insights from the professor and TAs.

Academic Integrity

Queen’s University Academic Integrity Policy Statement:

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (as articulated by the Center for Academic Integrity, Clemson University), all of which are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see Report on Principles and Priorities). Queen's students, faculty, administrators and staff therefore all have ethical responsibilities for supporting and upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity.

For the background to the development of this policy statement and a list of recommendations for future action, please see also Sub-Committee on Academic Integrity -Report to the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD).

For examples of what are considered to be academic integrity concerns, that is, issues that arise which deserve and which may not, in the end, involve a departure from academic integrity, see the Senate Policy on Academic Integrity Procedures – Requirements of Faculties & Schools:

Queen’s University Codes of Conduct:

Queen’s University has developed the following Student Code of Conduct to describe the standard of behavior to which its students will be held. The Queen’s University Code of Conduct is described in detail online at

All Queen’s University computer users must adhere to the Queen’s University Computer Use Code of Ethics online at

Contravention of the terms of conduct published here or of any other applicable University policy by a Queen’s student may lead to disciplinary consequences.

In general terms, acceptable conduct does not infringe on the rights of other members of the University community and conforms to the regulations of the University and its subordinate jurisdictions and to the law of the land.

Off-Campus Exams

Students in online courses write their exams at exam centres across the country and around the world. You'll register for your exam centre when you register for your course.

Exam Dates: Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the university. The start time of an off-site exam may vary slightly from the start time for the on-campus exam, but it will be on the same day. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period. Final examinations for online courses are never scheduled during the evening or on weekends.

Exam Centres: Most online courses require a supervised final examination at an established exam centre or via online proctoring, where available. Queen's has exam centres around the world. However, if there is no centre listed within 100km/60 miles of your location, please enter code #9999 (remote) and email immediately following registration for further information.

Exam Fees: Off-campus students who register in an online course that has a proctored final exam will be charged a $75 exam fee.  If your course does not have a proctored exam, enter 1111 when prompted for the exam centre code in SOLUS when you enrol.  This will ensure that you will not be charged the exam fee.

Changes to Exam Locations: Students who need to change their exam centre location must notify Arts and Science Online Office by the deadline (listed below) to avoid a late administrative fee of $100. See bleow for the last dates to change the exam centre: 


Fall sessionOctober 31
Fall/Winter sessionFebruary 27
Winter sessionFebruary 27


May-June sessionMay 17
May-July session

June 28

July-August session

July 15

Where to Find the Exam Schedule:

  • For students writing at an off-campus exam centre, details about the exam location and the start time of the exam will be sent to your email account approximately 10 days before the exam.  
  • Be sure to check your Queen's email for important information about your off-campus exam (if applicable) or contact us if you don't receive this information within 10 days of the exam.