The BCIT Student Association Advocacy Office offers confidential, unbiased, and non-judgmental support and services to all BCIT students. In our collaborations with BCIT, we value fairness, transparency, and accountability, and we strive to uphold these values as we advocate for all students. We consider our office to be a safe(r) space that is inclusive to students of all backgrounds, including but not limited to, their abilities, genders, orientations, and creeds. Our office does not tolerate harassment, racist remarks, discrimination, bullying, or violence of any kind. We aim to empower students to use their voices to self-advocate and exercise their rights.

The Advocacy office is committed to providing confidential services, and all information shared with the Advocacy team is used in conformity with BCITSA and BCIT policies and procedures.  While your personal information will not be shared outside the Advocacy Office without your consent, there may be times when your information is shared with the Wellness and Advocacy Manager, for the purposes of guidance or consultation. In situations where we believe you may be of harm to yourself, someone else, or the BCIT community, we have an obligation to report this information even without your explicit consent.


Your advocacy team is here to provide unbiased information and guidance about your rights and responsibilities. We offer non-judgemental support and services to BCIT students in a safe space. If you are experiencing conflict, you can come to speak to us. We can also accompany you to a meeting with BCIT, or to review a letter you’re writing to them.
What we can’t do is speak for you. We can help you navigate the system, but we aren’t here to find loopholes, or to provide advice about any conflicts that aren’t related to BCIT. We will listen to your concerns and provide you with the available options. We’ll do our best to explain relevant BCIT policies and procedures and answer your questions about them. We are here to empower and support you to resolve any issues you have at BCIT.

Post an anonymous question or comment below pertaining to a personal conflict/issue, or BCIT Policy and Procedure. The Advocate will share their advice here for the benefit of all students. No personal information is required. Check this page often for an answer to your question. If you would like to receive a personal response, you must provide your contact information.

*Please note, BCITSA Advocates typically respond within one business day. Alternatively, you can email advocacy directly.

Advocacy Responses

Question 1


How do I appeal a grade?


As per policy 5104 Academic Integrity and Appeals and procedure 5104-PR1 Academic Decision Review Process, your first step is to speak with your instructor to get some information on why you received the grade you did, and if there is any way you could remediate it. If after speaking with your instructor you wish to pursue an appeal, you have 20 days from the day you received your grade to file an appeal with your associate dean. You can find the paperwork necessary here. You fill out this paperwork, go to the Student Information desk in SW1 and pay the $26 grades appeal fee, then take your receipt, paperwork, and supporting documents to your associate dean. From there your associate dean will assign someone to reassess your grade. It is important to start this process as soon as you wish to appeal the grade. Waiting until the end of term to appeal your mid-term may not be accepted, as it is assumed that you would have appealed it at the time. A word of note: sometimes when a student has a grade appealed, they may get assessed at a lower grade than the one they are appealing. It is important to clarify this with your program before you consider an appeal.

Question 2


I have been told I am failing my course due to too many absences. Is this fair?


As per policies 5101 Student Regulations and 5103 Student Evaluation, while full attendance is expected, if an instructor assigns a percentage to attendance, it needs to be clearly laid out in the Course Outline. If you did not receive a hard copy of the course outline, you may access it on-line at  It is the students’ responsibility to be aware of what instructor expectations are, and to seek clarity if need be. If you did not receive a course outline, and one is not available on-line, please speak with the advocate.

Question 3


I think my instructor is unfair and is treating me differently from other students, what can I do?


As laid out in policy 7507 Harassment and Discrimination, all BCIT students have the right to a learning environment that supports respect, diversity, and human rights, and one which is free from harassment and discrimination. Students have the right to safely pursue academic success, and to be treated with dignity and civility by all those within the BCIT community. If you feel that you are being treated unfairly based on protected grounds, please contact BCIT’s Harassment and Discrimination office ( for immediate assistance. You may also want to consider filing a Student Complaint ( and you are encouraged to work with the advocate if you choose this route. It is important to document the incident(s) with as much objective information as possible, including the time and date of the incident, what happened, who was involved, and if there were any witnesses. Students are strongly encouraged to speak in confidence with the advocate if they have a complaint or concern about an instructor.

Question 4


Q: I learned that my instructor reported me to the Associate Dean for cheating. What does this mean and what should I do?


As laid out in procedure 5104-PR1 Procedure for Violations of Code of Academic Integrity, if an instructor suspects you’ve cheated or plagiarized, they have a responsibility to act on that suspicion. You should receive an email which outlines the allegations, but don’t be alarmed by this email — this doesn’t mean you’re automatically guilty. In the email, you should receive an invitation to meet with the investigator where you will be able to share your side of the alleged incident. If you are not afforded an opportunity to provide your side of the story, please see an Advocate ASAP. Remember that cheating and plagiarizing are serious offences in higher education, and it’s important that you’re maintaining academic integrity throughout your time here at BCIT. If you knowingly violated policy, consider owning this mistake. An Advocate can walk you through what to expect and also attend any meetings with you.

Question 5


Q: I am having issues with a teacher in my program and I’m not sure how to go about it. It has gotten to a point where I am constantly distressed in the class and I am unable to ask for help. I am also planning on avoiding her future classes because of this. Who can I talk to about this in more depth? How can I get the help I need?


Thank you for your question on Ask the Advocate and I’m sorry to hear you’re having a challenging time with your instructor. Depending on what you’re ideally seeking as a resolution, you have the option to submit a complaint to the department outlining your experience with the instructor. Another option would be to have a mediated meeting with your instructor and an Advocate present—this would strictly be an informal meeting to allow you to address some of the concerns you’re having. Since this would be informal, there would be no record of the meeting. Lastly, students are welcome to connect with a counsellor at BCIT—this service is free for students and they can be reached at 604.432.8608.

If none of these options work for you, please connect back with our office ( and we can discuss the issue in further detail.

Aside from working directly with students, we also liaise with BCIT staff and faculty and make recommendations for changes to the BCIT policies and procedures. We also host events, workshops, and discussions on concerns raised by students, and we attend committee meetings, when appropriate, to represent student interests.

Creating a Culture of Consent

In this two-hour workshop, we explore the different forms of sexual violence, consent, and the concept of rape culture. By engaging in activities and discussions, we will unpack myths about sexualized violence and learn about consent in our relationships in a safe(r) and sex-positive space.

“What the f*@& am I doing??”

This workshop is offered once per term for set-reps and student executives. It covers what policies and procedures students should know about, how to engage in conflict resolution, and how to effectively communicate.

Advocacy 101

This workshop is ideally offered at the beginning of the term, within the first week of classes. We can inform your class about our services, as well as how students can advocate for themselves. If time allows, we can also include information about conflict resolution and effective communication.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Supports for 2SLGBTQAI+ individuals: 

Qmunity – BC’s Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Resource Centre. Offers counselling, support groups, trans ID support, as well as information and referral to external resources. If you need help finding further queer-friendly supports email or call 604-684-5307 to talk to one of their Information and Referral volunteers.

Catherine White Holman Wellness Centrelow-barrier wellness and legal services to Two-Sprit, transgender, and gender non-conforming people.

What’s On Queer – An online 2SLGBTQAI+ Community in BC. Events, news, stories, resources, and more!   MindMap – a database of mental health supports including professional counselling, peer counselling, support groups, with a focus on low-cost or free 2S/LGBTQ+ affirming services.

Coming Out – Sex & U Once you have accepted your own sexual orientation and gender identity, you may want to share this news with others in your life.

Prideline BC – Peer support, information, and referrals for anyone in BC. Call 1-800-566-1170 toll-free in BC or 604-684-6869 in the Lower Mainland. Available weeknights (Monday to Friday) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm 


Emergency Supports:

Suicide Helpline: 1-800-784-2433 (available 24/7)

Trans Lifeline: (877) 330-6366  (A 24/7 trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.)

VictimLink: 1-800-563-0808 (Crisis support for anyone who has experienced violence, 24 hrs/day)

Women Against Violence Against Women Crisis Line: 604-255-6344 (24 hrs/day). (Serves women and marginalized genders). 

2SLGBTQAI+ affirming healthcare:  

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is responsible for the provincial coordination of transgender health services in BC.  They can also help with trans-friendly housing and other referrals. You can contact them by phone at 1-866-999-1514 or email  

Trans Specialty Care offers knowledgeable and specialized care to transgender and gender-diverse persons living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The work in teams including nurses, counsellors, physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers, are a consultation service and work in collaboration with your family doctor. The social workers on their team may be of assistance.  

HiM Health Centres:
Health Initiative for Men is a non-profit society that aims to strengthen the health and well-being of gay men. Offering services in New Westminster, Surrey, Abbotsford, as well as Vancouver.

12th Avenue Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital: 

Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Also provide Gardasil (HPV) and Hepatitis A and B vaccines for people who meet eligibility criteria 


For friends/family/allies:

PFLAG Vancouver: founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children.  The “coming-out” process can be a critical time for families.  

Prideline BC: Peer support, information, and referrals for anyone in BC. Call 1-800-566-1170 toll-free in BC or 604-684-6869 in the Lower Mainland. Available weeknights (Monday to Friday) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

CUPE’s fact sheets on Allies on gender diversity and Pronouns.

Government of Canada’s Gender Diversity Glossary


Wellness & Advocacy Manager

Wellness Advocate
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Wellness & Advocacy Coordinator

While our offices are located on the Burnaby campus, we regularly travel to other campuses. Because
of this, we are not always available for drop-ins. Making an appointment is highly recommended.