Office of the Students’ Advocate
The Students’ Union of VCC Students’ Advocate provides a safe, confidential and informal environment for students to discuss conflicts, complaints or disputes. The Students’ Advocate can provide support and assistance with interpretation of VCC policies and procedures.
How can the Students’ Advocate help?
Whether you have a question about your rights, are looking for information about college policies and regulations, wanting to file a formal appeal, or just need someone to help answer your questions, you can contact the Student Advocate.
The Students’ Advocate can help you develop strategies and options for resolving your issues, as well as provide information to you regarding policies and procedures as well as addressing fairness issues at Vancouver Community College
The Students’ Advocate is available to attend meetings with the student to help facilitate communication and problem solving process and is also available to attend formal appeals with students.
The Students’ Advocate will:
- Listen to student concerns and assess the situation presented;
- Provide information on university policies and procedures, as well as related student rights and responsibilities;
- Assist students in gathering information about their case;
- Discuss possible courses of action;
- Offer coaching and help students prepare for conversations with supervisors, instructors or administrators, or to prepare for formal hearings;
- Participate in meetings between students and college officials as a witness; and,
- Refer students to service departments, or external agencies, for assistance and/or advice.
The Students’ Advocate will not:
- Offer legal advice or answer legal questions;
- Offer counselling;
- Represent students to the university;
- Testify at an academic hearing or other administrative tribunal convened by the college; and,
- Offer advice on how to initiate legal action against the university, or participate in a legal proceeding against the college.