Can you address the legality or ethics of requiring students to pay for access to a third party website to complete assignments that count towards your final grade? If access is required for marks should it not be included in your course fees? This should not be equated with requiring a textbook, as a student could access a textbook for free from a library. Does it constitute a major conflict of interest if the school receives any form of gift or donation from the third party?
If your instructor misled you by saying they would help you in exchange for money, and the student agreed, but did not get anything in return, what should the student do? Should the student accept the loss of money or are there options to ensure this doesn’t happen with another student?
In September 2016, I applied for a course exemption and was approved. The course I took that was similar to BCIT’s course was known as APSC 201 (at UBC).
Winter 2017 comes along and I see I am taking another course that has a very similar curriculum to the APSC 201 course, so I applied for a course exemption again, using the same course.
A few of my classmates took APSC 201 at UBC as well, and they were approved for the exemption from this course. Unfortunately, my application was denied due to:
“Your APSCI 201 course was used for course exemption for COMM 1116 so it can’t be used again for a second course.”
What are my options if I do not agree with the Program Head’s decision as I believe they are acting outside of policy?