ABM College commits to adapting reasonable procedures to ensure students have the opportunity to successfully complete their studies. The college maintains a professional setting by assuring a safe, respectable, and fair environment for all students and staff members.
Students and staff are required to support the academic and ethical standards of ABM College. Violations of the policies and standards may be subjected to suspension and/or expulsion under the conditions of inadequate performance and unacceptable actions.
Student Attendance and Academic Policy
- Punctual and regular attendance in class is mandatory to ensure an optimal learning environment at ABM College. Classes are intended to be interactive and participative.
- If there are any extenuating circumstances concerning a student’s absence, the instructor or office staff should be notified as soon as possible.
- It is the student’s responsibility to review the course material prior to class to develop an understanding of the background knowledge with our course curriculum. Students will be accountable for learning any missed material due to absence.
- Students are expected to complete assignments in the time allowed by instructors. Assignments are to be completed individually. There is a zero tolerance policy at ABM College regarding plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty or plagiarism will result in an automatic zero in the assignment or exam.
- Daily attendance is taken by instructors. Student absences are taken seriously at ABM College. Absences lasting for more than two consecutive days must be accompanied by a valid reason with the proper documentation. A reasonable excuse for an absence must describe circumstances requiring the student’s absence (e.g. medical, family emergency, etc.). The inability to provide a valid reason or documentation may result in expulsion from the college. ABM College will seek to be consistent and reasonable in its approach to determine the parameters of a valid reason for any absences.
- Section 6(c) of the Alberta Institution Designation Agreement (AIDA) states educational institutions are required to consider a student with student loans as withdrawn if they have not attended class for five consecutive days without an excused absence. The school must consider the student as withdrawn (for the purpose of student funding) and notify AET of the withdrawal. The effective date of the student’s withdrawal is the first of the five days that the student was absent.
- The institute may continue to allow withdrawn students to remain in their program, but the students will no longer be eligible for student funding.
Student Expulsion Policy
ABM College has a zero tolerance policy regarding the following:
1. Academic Dishonesty
Academic Dishonesty is:
(a) Cheating, plagiarism, or unapproved collaboration.
(b) Alteration of records, bribery, or falsification of information.
(c) Use of aids that have not been expressly permitted by instructors.
(d) Theft or solicitation of another student’s assignments, paperwork, tests, or personal belongings.
(e) Intentionally attempting to assist another student to commit any act of academic dishonesty.
2. Outstanding Fees
Failure to pay tuition or other fees due to ABM College is considered a debt to the College. Students may be expelled if fees are not paid after the College has provided written warning.
3. Harassment or Discrimination
Harassment and discrimination is a serious offense, there is a zero tolerance policy at ABM College. Students are required to be respectful to their peers, instructors, and office staff. Students participating in harassment or discriminatory activities are subject to suspension under pending investigation. Expulsion will be automatic for any student who will be deemed, after the result of the investigation, to have engaged in harassment or discriminatory activities. For more information, please see our sexual misconduct policy.
4. Significant Omissions in Admissions Documentation
Students who knowingly misrepresent their personal information on their application forms are subject to immediate expulsion.
5. Academic Failure
Students who fail courses even after repeat exams, or who fail the lab evaluation or their practicum or their second practicum may be expelled from the College.
6. Misuse of College Property
Students who damage, misuse, steal or otherwise use the property in a manner prohibited by common sense may be expelled and will be required to make restitution to the College.
Student Withdrawal Policy
For the purpose of Alberta student funding, ABM College must consider a funded student as withdrawn under any of the following circumstances:
- As per section 6 (c) of the Alberta Institution Designation Agreement (AIDA), when a student has missed five consecutive class days without contacting the institution, before or during the absence, to provide a reasonable excuse. In this case, the effective date of the student’s withdrawal is the first of the five days that the student was absent.
- When a student with a reasonable excuse is absent for more than 30 consecutive days, the effective date of the withdrawal is the first day during this period that the student was absent.
- When a student has excessive absences that will prevent him/her from successfully completing the program within the scheduled study period. In this case the effective date of student’s withdrawal is the last day that the student was in attendance.
ABM College is bound by federal laws to protect the privacy of its students and all student information. The college respects the right to privacy of its students and is committed to safeguarding the personal and contact information of each student and graduate. ABM College will not disclose a student’s personal information without a prior written consent of the student.
At ABM College we protect the personal information collected from students, graduates, staff and other business partners. This includes the training of employees and the establishment of control systems for responsible use of personal information that is accessible to college employees while performing work-related duties. The college directs its employees to exercise caution when disclosing personal information to others. Access to personal information is limited to the following:
- An individual accessing his or her own personal information
- An employee of the College with authorized access based on a legitimate academic or business need
- Any organization or person authorized by the individual to receive the information
- Authorized legal agent, government body, or representative under the circumstance where the college complies with the release of personal information,
- Individuals or entity as permitted by law where deemed to be necessary for reasonable conduct of college business
Student Complaint & Dispute Resolution Process
ABM College is committed to the fair treatment of its students, its employees, and to an open and collaborative approach when dealing with student concerns. We will try to resolve student complaints and disputes informally wherever possible. For formal resolution where required, processes are available to satisfactorily resolve the issue:
- All complaints to ABM College administration must be in writing. Anonymous complaints will not be considered.
- Lodging a complaint will have no adverse consequences on the status of the complainant in their course or program of study.
- Student complaint policies and procedures apply to both individual and group complaints.
- All complaints should be addressed to:
112 28 Street SE, #200
Calgary, AB T2A 6J9
- Complaints must be initiated within 30 days of the events that led to the complaint.
- The student should first approach their instructor or other applicable ABM College authorized individual to discuss the area of concern. If the concern(s) cannot be resolved verbally, the student will be required to submit the complaint in writing to the President of ABM College of Health and Technology (same contact information as above).
- Within 10 days, a meeting will be arranged between the student and the President of ABM College. The student may be accompanied by an advocate of their choice at all stages of the complaint process and this person may take oral submissions on behalf of the student.
- The student will have an opportunity to make an oral presentation of the complaint at this meeting and to have another person present, or, have another person make the oral presentation on his/her behalf. The proceedings and outcome will be documented.
- Upon review of the complaint and any other relevant information, the President will make a decision. The decision will be communicated to the student in writing within 21 business days following the meeting and will contain the reasons for the decision.
- ABM College will maintain a record of all student complaints for a period of three years from the date of the decision. This record will include a copy of the written student complaint, any submissions filed, and the written decision.
- Should the student not be satisfied with the decision rendered by ABM College, the student may refer the complaint to the Director, Private Vocational Training, 10th Floor Commerce Place, 10155-102 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 4L5
Photographic/Media Consent Policy
All students consent to ABM College collecting and using their personal images by photography or video recording for use on the ABM College website, in newsletters, publications and marketing purposes.
Students also consent to ABM College’s collection and use of their public opinions, ratings, reviews, testimonials, statements, images, or recordings that relate to ABM College for marketing purposes. Any misuse of such statements, images or recordings by other parties does not make ABM College liable.
If a student chooses to refrain from using their image, recordings or other intellectual property, he/she must provide the college with a written letter stating that they do not want this information to be used by the college. With this choice, ABM College will refrain from using the student’s images or intellectual property.
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain necessary immigration documents such as their Study Permit and/or Work Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). ABM College does not provide any consulting regarding immigration issues.
By enrolling at ABM College, the student agrees or opts-in to receive emails, text messages, faxes, social media messages (e.g. Facebook) and phone calls from ABM College for the duration of their program, and after completion of their program for communication purposes only.
The purpose of these forms of communications is for educational purposes, maintaining student databases, complying with government regulations with respect to maintaining statistics, and invitations to future college events (e.g. alumni guest speakers).
Updated June 2020