Code of Conduct Violations
BCIT aims to be fair, reasonable and consistent in all dealings with students when responding to alleged violations of the Code. When addressing possible violations, the principles of natural justice will apply. The principles of natural justice include:
- The student’s right to know the full allegations before action by the Institute.
- The student’s right to respond to the allegations and challenge any evidence compiled in support of the allegations.
- The student’s right to a final decision that is fair, reasonable and free from bias.
Instructors provide early intervention and correction when student behaviour violates safety requirements, disrupts the learning environment or breaches academic or Non-academic codes of conduct.
The purpose of Instructor intervention is to alert or remind students of BCIT’s expectations around safe, respectful, productive and ethical conduct.
Students are encouraged to discuss concerns with the instructor and incorporate instructor recommendations into their academic practices.
Report to Student Judicial AffairsWhere possible conduct violations are serious or repeated, the instructor will report concerns to the Associate Dean who will forward the information to the Student Judicial Affairs Office for follow-up.
When a report is received, the Student Judicial Affairs Office will contact the student to discuss the allegations and undertake an investigation into the details of the claim. An investigation will include a review of all relevant documents and evidence, and any prior disciplinary record. Once the investigation is complete, the student will have a right to respond to the claim. Every effort is made to find a mutually agreeable resolution to the concerns before a disciplinary decision is made.
Report to Other BCIT Departments
Where allegations pertain to conduct outside of the academic setting, reports will be forwarded, as appropriate, to BCIT Safety, Security and Emergency Management, BCIT Housing or BCIT Finance Department for investigation.
Temporary Removal from the Learning Environment
A student may be temporarily removed from the learning environment pending the outcome of an investigation if, in the opinion of the Institute, removal of a student is necessary to ensure an educational environment conducive to learning. The Dean, Associate Dean or Director, Safety, Security and Emergency Management have the authority to remove a student temporarily from the educational environment.
If a violation of the Code is confirmed and depending on the nature of the infraction, the Student Judicial Affairs Office will make a decision on the appropriate disciplinary sanctions and notify the student in writing of the decision. Possible disciplinary sanctions are listed on the Sanctions page of this site.
Where a disciplinary suspension is recommended, the student will be notified of the decision in writing by the Vice-President Education.
For more information see: Responses to Violations of the Student Code of Conduct (Non-academic) [PDF]