Posted On: October 1, 2019
What do I do when my instructor is smudging in the classroom? I have already talked to this instructor about my asthma and how the smoke from smudging triggers it. I had to sit through the whole class last week with tightness in my chest as the smoke stays in the room for quite some time.
Hi there, and thanks so much for your question!
This is certainly a complicated one, and so I spoke with the Associate Director of Student Wellness at BCIT, as well as an Indigenous Services Advisor for a bit of guidance. Both suggested that a further conversation with the instructor may be helpful, along with the suggestion that perhaps the smudging could be done out of doors so that the classroom is clear of smoke for the lecture period. You could also speak with your program head/chief instructor should you need some assistance in communicating the concerns to your instructor. Finally, if need be, you can always connect with Accessibility Services to see if there is an accommodation that may be able to be provided for you. Information about them and their services can be found here: https://www.bcit.ca/accessibility/currentandfuture/ Please feel free to come in and chat with one of the advocates if you would like some further information and/or support.
Thanks again for the question!