BCIT has scrapped a contract with an international student recruitment firm after an internal investigation revealed it was engaging inappropriately with students.
The revelation comes after the school probed cryptic allegations a student had violated school policy in an off-campus incident.
In a video, president Kathy Kinloch says those allegations proved unfounded, but turned up a problematic relationship between recruiters and international students.
“For this reason we have today immediately terminated our contract with this agency and they are no longer welcome on BCIT campuses.”
The nature and frequency of the “ongoing, inappropriate interactions” between the recruitment agency staff and students remains unclear, as does the identity of the firm.
Kinloch says the school won’t be commenting further for privacy reasons.
Allegations of policy violations
The investigation came after allegations a student’s off-campus activities may have violated the school’s policies, though the nature of the policy violation was not made clear.
The school says the claims came from a third party international student recruitment agency, about events that transpired several months ago.
Kinloch says the school initiated an internal investigation by an independent group and referred the complaint to the police.
She says no charges were ever laid, and the investigation concluded the were no policy violations, no evidence supporting the allegations, and that there was no safety risk to students or staff.
Kinloch adds that the school has zero tolerance for safety related policy violations, and encourages anyone who witnesses one to come forward.
The investigation comes in the wake of revelations last month a BCIT student had been arrested for allegedly making voyeuristic videos in campus bathrooms.