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Contact Us

Please note that the Advocate does spend time at all of the BCIT satellite campuses and so cannot always accommodate drop-in appointments at the Burnaby campus. In order to ensure that you are receiving the assistance you need, please arrange for an appointment in advance.

To book an appointment with one of our Advocates, please contact:

Robyn Lougheed
BCIT Student Association Advocate
Phone: 604.456.1161
advocate@bcitsa.ca
SE2 – Room # 303c (3rd floor)

Danielle Landeta-Gauthier
BCIT Student Association Advocate
Phone: 604.432.8279
advocate2@bcitsa.ca
SE2 – Room # 303b (3rd floor)

Ask the Advocate

Post an anonymous question or comment below pertaining to a personal conflict/issue, or BCIT Policy and Procedure. When appropriate, the Advocate will do their best to share their advice here for the benefit of all students.

No personal information is required. Check this page often for a response to your question, or you may provide contact information if you choose and receive a private response within 1 business day(s).

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Advocate Responses

Question 6

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?

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Question 5

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?

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Question 4

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?

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Question 3

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

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Question 2:

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

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Need Help? Ask the Advocate!

Post an anonymous question or comment below pertaining to a personal conflict/issue, or BCIT Policy and Procedure. When appropriate, the Advocate will do their best to share their advice here for the benefit of all students.

No personal information is required. Check this page often for a response to your question, or you may provide contact information if you choose and receive a private response within 1 business day(s).


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