A BCIT student representative on the Board of Governors has voiced concerns over a new policy draft.
The draft focuses on Recording in the Classroom, and if enacted, will ban students from the electronic reproduction of all in-class materials. Exceptions would include obtaining written permission from an instructor, or for means of accommodation, such as in the case of disability.
The draft states that students who infringe on the police would be penalized for academic misconduct. Baryshnikov says this puts students at a “disadvantage”, as common practice, such as taking a photo of a whiteboard, could result in them being subject to disciplinary action. On deeper analysis, he put forth the scenario of first year students who may not yet be familiar with BCIT culture. He says that unless instructors were to notify their class of the policy, new students could face repercussions by engaging in acts of “duplicating material” for study purposes, unaware that they are committing academic misconduct.
On the other side of the policy issue, Baryshnikov stated that instructors would have an unfair advantage, as the policy would give them authority to decline students’ requests to reproduce in-class materials. Consequently, he states that this will hinder students from engaging in their preferred way of learning.