Setting the Record Straight

MONTREAL, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Dawson College will address some of the issues that have arisen due to the expulsion of Computer Science student Ahmed Al-Khabaz. In some areas, it is still bound by the terms of confidentiality of student files.

To set the record straight, Ahmed Al-Khabaz was not expelled because he found a flaw in the student information systems. In fact, the College and Skytech recognized his work, thanked him, and enlisted him and two other students to help address the problem.

He was expelled for other reasons. Despite receiving clear directives not to, he attempted repeatedly to intrude into areas of College information systems that had no relation with student information systems.

These actions and behaviours breach the code of professional conduct for Computer Science students, a serious breach that requires the College to act.

The College followed its regular processes to investigate the situation and to proceed with sanctions against Mr. Al-Khabaz, on the recommendation of the Computer Science Department, giving him the opportunity to plead his case with the Dean and the Department Chair and to avail himself of appeal processes.

As a public institution in Quebec, Dawson College must adhere to strong professional values in its delivery of education as it is entrusted with preparing students for future academic and working lives. Universities expect this commitment to values as do employers, parents and students themselves.

Dawson College has a responsibility to instill the principles of proper conduct in the workplace so that employers hiring our graduates know that they are responsible citizens and qualified workers who understand how to behave in a professional environment.

The decision to expel a student is a serious matter and our presence here today is to assure the public that such decisions are never taken lightly because we are fully conscious of their effects of on individuals.

SOURCE: Dawson College

For further information:

Donna Varrica, Communications Coordinator
(514) 931-8731 ext. 1352

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