Advocacy for Students

One of the three pillars of the CCSS is to advocate on behalf of students. A lot of the time, that looks like federal, provincial, or even municipal/ local political advocacy, although sometimes we help students through individual advocacy. Fair and equitable treatment on a students educational journey is important to us, so we will try and help students with advocacy cases.


If you feel your rights as a student have been violated, please see the information below.


Camosun has all of their policies listed at

At the time of this writing (Winter Semester 2019) the policies are listed as


What to do if my rights as a student have been violated?


How do I contact the Ombudsman?

What do I do if I am in a crisis?

If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.

Evan Hilchey




  • Listen to student concerns and provide an assessment of the situation presented;
  • Provide information on university policies and procedures, as well as related student rights and responsibilities;
  • Assist students in gathering information about their case;
  • Discuss possible courses of action;
  • Help students prepare for conversations with supervisors, instructors or administrators;
  • Participate in meetings between students and faculty or university administrators as a witness; and,
  • Refer students to service departments, or external agencies, for assistance and/or advice.


  • Offer legal advice or answer legal questions;
  • Offer counselling;
  • Represent students to the university;
  • Provide a testimonial at an academic hearing or other administrative tribunal convened by the university; and,
  • Offer advice on how to initiate legal action against the university, or participate in a legal proceeding against the university.

We commit to the following operating principles when providing support:

Confidential – Staff of the Students’ Union will maintain the confidentiality of information provided unless directed otherwise by the student providing the information. This confidentiality enables students to discuss matters and receive advice without taking action. Confidentiality will be deemed void if a student makes comments about doing harm to themselves or others, or if a student speaks about a criminal act. Staff of the ECSU are neither lawyers nor medical professionals, and there is no legal privilege in communication with them.

Impartial – The Students’ Union will not take sides in disputes, complaints or appeals but will work to ensure the rights of students are respected, and that both the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness are applied in dealing with student appeals, complaints and disputes.

Independent – The Students’ Union operates independently from Emily Carr University and is responsible to ECSU students who are Students’ Union members.

It is important for you to know what policies and procedures are in place at the University in case you have questions or face challenges. Here are some of the most pertinent policies for students. You can find these on

3.6 Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct

4.6 Student Conduct

4.7 Student Complaints

8.2.1 Student Employment Procedures

8.6 Harassment, Bullying + Discrimination

8.12.1 Safe Disclosure Procedures