Dawson College statement on details in National Post article

MONTREAL, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Dawson College stands by its policies regarding academic integrity and professional code of conduct. The provisions of these policies are clearly stated in the Institutional Student Evaluation Policy and the Code of Conduct on the website (listed below).

Under the terms of Quebec privacy laws, it is illegal to discuss the details of student files with individuals or with the media. Dawson College practices due process and due diligence in every case brought before the review committee. If a student does not agree with a decision, he or she has the right to appeal, as spelled out in the policies.

In the recent case of Ahmed Al-Khabaz, which he himself brought to the media, the College stands by its decision. The reasons cited in the National Post article for which the student says he was expelled are inaccurate. The process which leads to expulsion includes a step in which a student is issued an advisory to cease and desist the activities for which he or she is being sanctioned, particularly in the area of professional code of conduct. Conditions for remaining in the College on good terms are clearly explained in person to the student.

When this directive is contravened by the student by engaging in additional activities of the same sort, the College has no recourse but to take appropriate measures to sanction the student.

Institutional Student Evaluation Policy http://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/public/72b18975-8251-444e-8af8-224b7df11fb7/our_communities/governance/isep_2012.pdf

Code of Conduct
http://dc11.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/dsweb/Get/Document-6117/Code_of_Conduct_2005.pdf

The Computer Science Professional Conduct policy states that:

In order to continue in the program, a student is expected to exhibit behaviour appropriate to the profession. Appropriate behaviour must be displayed in all activities associated with the program, in classrooms, labs, during the internship, in relations with fellow students, staff, faculty, employers and clients.

SOURCE: Dawson College

For further information:

Donna Varrica, Communications Coordinator, 514 931 8731 ext 1352
(Media: Please bear in mind that as student files are confidential, we cannot divulge more details about this case.)