Bouchereau Lingua International (BLI) is committed to taking all reasonable steps to ensure students have the opportunity to successfully complete their programs. Within this general framework, all students are treated fairly and equitably. Students who do not support the academic and ethical goals of BLI for themselves and their fellow students may be subject to penalties, up to and including expulsion.
In general, BLI will attempt to resolve a situation without expulsion. Verbal warnings, written warnings and a suspension may precede this final and most serious of actions.
When BLI deems the integrity, safety or well-being of its students, staff, clients or other visitors is in danger, then expulsion may be warranted at the school’s discretion at any point in the process.
1) All students are expected to conduct themselves in a dignified and professional manner.
2) Students may be suspended or dismissed/expelled, depending on the severity and/or degree of their “Misconduct”: Misconduct is defined as, and without limitation:
a) conduct which disrupts or in any material respect compromises the School or any of its students, including the administration of the program (including but without limitation any act or threatened act of violence, failure to cooperate with an inclusion or accommodation policy of the school)
b) student performance bringing discredit on the professional, academic, or ethical standards of the school
c) academic failure
d) poor attendance i.e. attendance which falls below any program approval requirements, or poor participation (without medical excuse that gives rise to the legal need for accommodation)
e) conduct which interferes with the legal rights of other students and/or the school, its staff, agents, or employees
f) repeated contravention of the School’s policies as set out in this Student Enrollment Contract and amended from time to time as the School deems necessary, or pursuant to applicable laws and/or regulations;
g) failure to pay required fees as set out in the student’s signed contract;
h) contravention of the performance requirements or other rules and/or guidelines as they may apply to the student; and
i) distribution of materials within the campus and to the School’s students that have not been approved by the School (such as brochures, 3rd party advertisements, promotional materials, political or religious materials, etc.)
3) Repeated failure to abide by School’s policies, which may be amended from time to time as the School deems necessary or pursuant to applicable laws and/or regulations, is grounds for dismissal/withdrawal. Note that contravention of some school’s policies may lead to immediate dismissal/expulsion from the program depending on the severity of the contravention (see paragraph 5 below).
4) The School may, at its sole discretion and consistent with applicable laws and/or regulations, consider a Suspension prior to the possible dismissal/expulsion of the student.
5) Certain types of serious misconduct will lead to the immediate dismissal/expulsion of the student on a “zero tolerance” basis. Such conduct includes, but without limitation
a) Breaking BLI’s drugs and alcohol policy
b) Violent and/or threatening behavior toward another student, employee, faculty member, or visitor on campus
c) Academic dishonesty by the student relating to testing or credentials, or any dishonesty going to the academic integrity of the School like unapproved collaboration, alteration of records, bribery, or any type of misrepresentation
6) Harassment or Discrimination – BLI, Bouchereau Lingua International does not condone harassment or discrimination of any student, staff, employees, or agents. Students who engage in harassing or discrimination are subject to immediate suspension pending investigation. Any student deemed by the BLI, Bouchereau Lingua International’s investigators as having engaged in harassing or discriminatory activities contrary to any applicable laws and regulations may be subjected to immediate dismissal/expulsion. In determining what constitutes harassment or discrimination, BLI refers to The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
7) Students who by action or neglect in any way endanger the safety of themselves or others may be expelled.
8) Students who damage, steal and misuse property may be expelled and will be required to make restitution to replace or fully repair the property.
9) Students who violate the code of conduct may be suspended or expelled. Even when the violations do not have the potential to result in physical harm to persons or property, BLI may expel a student who has received suspension for failure to comply and has since violated any of the terms of BLI’s code of conduct
10) Fee refunds will be governed by the provisions of this contract and applicable laws and/or regulations as prescribed. However, where BLI, Bouchereau Lingua International has no legal requirement/obligation to refund tuition or any portion of a student’s tuition to any student who has been expelled (or suspended, where the suspension is long enough such that the student has lost a significant amount of time or opportunity that would otherwise have been spent in course study), BLI, Bouchereau Lingua International will have no obligation to refund tuition or any part of that student’s tuition
11) A sanction of suspension or dismissal/expulsion will be recorded on a student’s academic record and transcript
12) Students who are subject to expulsion for any reason will be notified in writing, either by email, a hand delivered letter or by registered mail. BLI is not responsible for non‐delivery by registered mail if the student has not provided a valid residential address. The notification will contain a description of the basis for expulsion and the effective date. Expelled students who dispute the facts of the expulsion must appeal the decision within three days of the notification following the complaints procedure of BLI provided to the student and providing sufficient proof to support the complaint. Students who file an appeal and are unsuccessful are considered withdrawn from BLI
13) Appeal procedure: Expelled students who dispute the facts of the dismissal/expulsion must file their appeal with the School within 5 days of the notification having been received by the student
A student who is expelled is responsible for the return of any school property in his/her own possession within 10 days of the expulsion and will be held financially responsible for any property not returned in good condition
14) BLI may, at its sole discretion, determine that a restorative process is warranted in lieu of or in tandem with any of the above forms of discipline that it seeks to impose. A restorative process is one which emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by unjust behavior through an inclusive or cooperative process