Learner Code of Conduct Policy
The Learner Code of Conduct Policy helps to support the safety and well-being of all members of Bow Valley College. The Policy and its accompanying Procedure ensure that reports are handled in a manner that is consistent and fair.
This area of the website is intended to be a Learner Code of Conduct resource for all Bow Valley College community members. You will find information on how to report a concern, how the Policy protects you, what will happen if you file or have been named in a report, and some helpful frequently asked questions.
Report a concern How does the policy protect me? How does the policy Work?
Frequently Asked Questions
The Learner Code of Conduct Policy helps to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of Bow Valley College. The Policy helps to protect students to ensure their time on campus is safe and enjoyable.
If you believe that a member of Bow Valley College is engaging in behaviour that violates the Code of Conduct Policy, you can:
- File a Code of Conduct report
- Book an appointment with the Learner Conduct Officer
- Email your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit Learner Success Services to make an appointment with the Learner Conduct Officer
* If you believe there is an immediate safety risk, please contact security at 403-410-1713.
I submitted a Code of Conduct report, but was told that it does not fall under the Policy. What does this mean?
Sometimes reports will be received that do not fall under the Policy and need to be directed elsewhere. For example, the Learner Code of Conduct Policy does not address academic misconduct. If a report is received that a learner may have plagiarized on an assignment, this would be directed to the learner’s department as it cannot be addressed by the Learner Conduct Officer.
No, the Learner Conduct Officer is responsible for conduct related to students and not Bow Valley College employees. If you have concerns about a Bow Valley College employee, you are encouraged to speak to the employee themselves, the employee’s supervisor, or Human Resources.
I have experienced sexual violence but I do not want to report to the College. Do I have any other options?
Yes. The Sexual Violence Response Advisor is available to provide a safe space to talk, listen, and offer support to those who have experienced sexual violence or know someone who has. The Sexual Violence Response Advisor can also help guide you through your reporting options, what each one means and entails, and can attend meetings with you as a support.
I received an email saying I violated the Learner Code of Conduct Policy/Sexual Violence Policy. What now?
Find more information about the Code of Conduct investigation steps on the How Does the Policy Work page.
I have been found in violation of the Learner Code of Conduct Policy/Sexual Violence Policy — do I have to leave BVC?
Not necessarily, but every investigation is unique. Bow Valley College wants to ensure the safety and well-being of others and is dedicated to ensuring a positive environment.
Sanctions are meant to be resolutions to a problem and learning moments. Sanctions can range from written warnings, community service, fines, and in more extreme cases, withdrawal.
Sanctions are outcomes given at the end of a Code of Conduct investigation where a learner is found to have violated the Policy. Sanctions are assigned based on the severity of the Policy violation, what was done in the past in similar situations, and what decision is in the best interest of all of the parties involved.
If you do not agree with the sanctions given, you may be eligible to appeal it through a Learner Appeal Process. The Learner Appeals Policy and the General Learner Appeals Procedure can help guide you through this process.
The Learner Conduct Officer will contact you if they have any follow-up questions and once the investigation is complete. Due to confidentiality, you will not be provided with details of the investigation. However, if sanctions were provided that impact you, you will be notified of this. For example, if the respondent is told to have no contact with you, you would be made aware of this sanction.
A balance of probabilities means what was more probable than not to have occurred. In the case of a Code of Conduct/Sexual Violence investigation, the College reviews the evidence presented and makes a decision, whether the incident was more likely than not to have occurred.
You can access the plain language Learner Code of Conduct Policy or the plain language Learner Code of Conduct Procedure to read the Policy and Procedure in simplified terms.
The Sexual Violence Policy and Sexual Violence Procedure are also both available in plain language versions as well.
You are also welcome to reach out to the Learner Conduct Officer at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the policies or procedures.