Advocacy Centre

Mission Statement

The GSA Student Advocacy Centre is committed to the promotion and preservation of graduate students’ rights at Concordia University. Our efforts are aimed at helping students who find themselves in difficult situations by accurately identifying their needs and determining and executing the necessary course of action. Students can be assured the Centre functions under a strict policy of confidentiality and that all persons will be treated with dignity and respect.

 

Hours of Operation 

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Office: H-222 (Mezzanine)

Tel: (514) 848-7474 ext 7313

Email: advocacy@csu.qc.ca

 

Services

Commissioner for Oaths

The Commissioner of Oaths will be available during regular operating hours. To guarantee availability please book an appointment in advance by emailing us at advocacy@csu.qc.ca or come by our office located at H-222.

For current Concordia graduate students, the first two pages (oath or true copy) are free of charge. After two pages, a fee of $1.00 per oath or true copy shall apply.

For Concordia non-students, a fee of $5.00 per oath or true copy shall apply.

In order to access this service, the Centre requires that you present yourself before the Commissioner for Oaths with a valid ID card, your original documents and necessary photocopies if applicable.

Please note that the Centre reserves the right to refuse to administer any true copies and/or declarations. The Centre also reserves the right to cancel the service at any time based on office needs. If you require more information, please call (514) 848-7474 ext.7313 or email us at advocacy@csu.qc.ca .

Did You Know?

An oath or solemn declaration is when an individual swears and/or declares that the contents of a document are factual and accurate. The oath or declaration must be administered before an authorized person such as a Commissioner for Oaths in order to be considered valid.

 

FAQ regarding Student Advocates

What does an Advocate do?  

Student Advocates are committed to the promotion and preservation of graduate students’ rights and interests at Concordia University. Advocates work at assisting students with student requests, issues relating to professors and other students, promoting student’s academic and extra-curricular interest on campus, working with members of the Concordia community on initiatives to advance those interests, issues relating to academic misconduct and violations of the Academic Code of Conduct, and issues relating to the Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

Who are the Student Advocates?

Student Advocates are Concordia Graduate students who have extensive knowledge of Concordia’s policies and procedures, the Academic Code of Conduct, and the Code of Rights and Responsibilities. They aim to assist students whilst creating a safer space, and maintaining the utmost confidentiality.

I just got a package in the mail saying that I’ve been charged under the Academic Code of Conduct and that I have to go to an interview, what does this mean, can you help?

This package is known as a “discovery package”, and should contain a description of the charges against you, as well the date for an interview with the Code Administrator of your faculty. It is best to make an appointment with an advocate in order to discuss the situation as soon as you receive it. We can help you understand the process, prepare for the interview, answer any questions you may have and accompany you to the interview.

What is the Academic Code of Conduct?

The Academic Code of Conduct is a University policy that outlines the procedures by which academic honesty and integrity are enforced. It outlines procedures for dealing with offenses and possible sanctions if charges are upheld.

What is plagiarism?

According to the Concordia Academic Code of Conduct plagiarism can be defined as follows: “the presentation of the work of another person, in whatever form, as one’s own or without proper acknowledgement” (Academic Code of Conduct, Section 3, Article 19).

It is important to know that the Academic Code of Conduct does not consider the intent of the individual who committed the offence when applying a sanction. For example, you may be charged with plagiarism if you have an improperly cited bibliography. Please see the Academic Code of Conduct for more details.

http://www.concordia.ca/content/dam/common/docs/policies/official-policies/Academic-Code-Conduct-2015.pdf

What is a Student Request and how do I make one?

Student Requests are exceptions to academic rules and regulations that may be requested by students who find themselves in various different situations. These requests are reviewed by the Student Request Committee. Advocates can assist you in understanding the different types of requests as well as help you submit your request.

I have been harassed on campus, can you help? Advocates can help you file charges under the Code of Rights and Responsibilities, as well as provide you with resources and assistance.

http://www.concordia.ca/content/dam/common/docs/policies/official-policies/BD-3.pdf

I want to advocate for a cause on campus and don’t know where to start, can you help me?

The CSU Advocacy Centre can assist with campaigning and the various policies and regulations related to this at Concordia. We can also help you with making your cause visible.

I’ve been charged a second time under the Academic Code of Conduct, what happens now?

A second charge means that you will be obliged to face the Academic Hearing Panel, and risk suspension, or expulsion from the university.

I’m having a hard time reading my transcript. Can you help?

Student Advocates are able to help you decipher your transcript and help you calculate your GPA.  Advocates are able to identify all of the various notations on your transcript, explain them, and advise you on the best course of action.

Will your advocate lie for you? 

Under no circumstances will a CSU Student Advocate lie or use misleading information on your behalf. Advocates are here to assist you and to help you make well informed decisions.

How confidential is the service?

The CSU Advocacy Center operates under an absolute policy of confidentiality. Advocates will under no circumstances divulge information they receive from students to any outside parties.