Misconduct

A significant function of the Office of Student Affairs addressing the various forms of misconduct across the school and upholding all of the College’s official policies on Misconduct, which appear in the calendar. In all cases, instances of misconduct are reported on to the Office of Student Affairs where they are analyzed so the college can look to reduce these behaviors in later semesters.

Students are expected to conform to college standards in terms of behaviour, and failure to do so results in a misconduct report filed against the student which can have different types of consequences. There are generally two types of misconduct: Academic Misconduct and Non-Academic Misconduct.

Academic misconduct such as plagiarism, cheating, and misrepresentation, normally results in academic discipline ranging from a reprimand or assigning a failing mark to suspension or expulsion – more information about this can be found in the academic calendar as well as at the Writing and Learning Centre.

Non-academic misconduct, such as interfering with instruction, injuring or harassing a person or damaging property, is dealt with on a case by case basis and can result in suspension or expulsion. Some examples can include:

  1. Disrupting instructional activities, including making it difficult to proceed with scheduled lectures, seminars, etc., and with examinations and tests.
  2. Damaging, removing, or making unauthorized use of college property, or the personal property of faculty, staff, students or others at the College. Without restricting the generality of the meaning of ‘property’, it includes information, however it be recorded or stored.
  3. Communicating inappropriately in person, by email or otherwise with staff, students or faculty, including (but not limited to) grade bargaining, refusal to abide by college administrative decisions and / or any other persistent communication when asked to desist.
  4. Injuring or harassing a person or damaging property in any way that demonstrates or results from hate, prejudice or bias against an individual or group based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, gender, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.
  5. Assaulting individuals, including conduct which leads to the physical or emotional injury of faculty, staff, students, or others at the College, or which threatens the physical or emotional well-being of faculty, staff, students, or others at the College.
  6. Smoking, consuming alcohol, drugs, or any prohibited substance while on school property, or counselling others to do so.
  7. Committing any act contrary to the laws of British Columbia and/or Canada.

Students have a responsibility of avoiding misconduct and also avoiding the appearance of misconduct. For example, a student who exposes an exam paper for another to view may claim the act was accidental, but depending on the circumstances, this claim may not be accepted as proof of innocence.

The Office of Student Affairs will ensure that no student is treated unfairly, while further ensuring that misconduct is dealt with appropriately. If a student is accused of either Academic or Non-Academic Misconduct, he or she will also have the right to appeal through a form that may be picked up from reception at both campuses.

Contact

Student Affairs Officer: Tatiana Alamian, tatiana@alexandercollege.ca

Director of Student Affairs: Scott Marsden, s.marsden@alexandercollege.ca

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