What is the Advocate?
The BCIT Student Association Advocate provides confidential, unbiased services to current, former, or prospective BCIT students, and other members of the BCIT community, by providing information, advice, intervention and referrals. The Advocate also champions procedural fairness for all BCIT students and seeks to educate the BCIT community at large in regards to accurate policy and procedure implementation, effective communication, and informal dispute resolution.
The Advocate provides information and guidance on students’ rights and responsibilities, as well as BCIT regulations, policies and procedures. The Advocate may also make recommendations, where appropriate, for changes to BCIT policies and procedures, and to promote discussion on institution-wide concerns. The Advocate will review all situations in an impartial manner, and will strive to help students become their own advocates by providing them with information or advice about regulations, policies and procedures, and strategies for constructive ways to raise and resolve issues. The Advocacy office seeks to empower students to resolve their own issues with support, and so encourages students to speak for themselves. The Advocate will only speak on behalf of a student under extenuating circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis. Please note that the Advocate has the right to refuse service, at the discretion of the office.
All dealings with the BCIT Student Association Advocate are deemed to be confidential, and may only be revealed on a “need to know” basis, and with the written consent of the student.
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