MONTREAL, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - On November 14th, 2012, Dawson College expelled Computer Science student Hamed Al-Khabaz
for discovering weaknesses and security flaws in their Online Student
Portal. Since that time, his appeal has been rejected, his University
prospects have dissipated and he has been ordered to repay the grants
allocated to him by Aide Financière aux Études.
"Hamed is a brilliant computer science student who simply wanted to help
his school," said Morgan Crockett, Director of Internal Affairs and
Advocacy of the Dawson Student Union. "Dawson College should be
thankful for his talent and foresight. They must immediately reinstate
Hamed, refund the debt he has incurred as a result of his unjust
expulsion and offer him a public apology."
Although Québec students were spared from the HRSDC security breech
announced last week, Al-Khabaz unearthed massive shortcomings in
Omnviox, a system run by Skytech Communications and used by Dawson
College and many other Post-Secondary institutions. Though he offered
to assist Skytech to fix malfunctions that could lead to the theft of
over one hundred thousand students social insurance numbers,
Al-Khabaz's good-will was rejected and he was instead greeted with
increased hostility, character accusations and legal threats.
"Skytech has been entrusted to safeguard student's personal information.
It hasn't done so and it's absurd that the Dawson College
administration has turned a blind eye to their colossal oversight,"
said Geoffrey Graham director of Communications and Mobilisation.
"Dawson has a responsibility towards its students. When a third-party
calls a student in the middle of the night and threatens to jail them,
you should be questioning your relationship with the company, not
expelling the whistleblower."
For more information, visit http://hamedhelped.com.
The DSU represents all 10,500 Dawson College students in Westmount,
SOURCE: DAWSON STUDENT UNION
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