Grant Tetyana Melnychuk her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which UNBC withheld through discrimination and abuse
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Chairs of nursing schools can declare any nursing student "unsuitable" just as a matter of personal dislike for that person. The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) waited until the end of my registered nurse training program to fail me in the last course, thereby maximizing their revenue, the bank's profit, and my student debt. This happened even thought I was one of the top nursing students. It was part of ongoing discrimination, abuse, and persecution against me by three nursing instructors and the chair of the nursing program at UNBC, who did not like the fact I am an immigrant English Second Language student and a single mother.
UNBC consistently supports the chair of UNBC's School of Nursing, no matter what she and some of her faculty members do to nursing students. UNBC officials turn a deaf ear to the students' complaints unless the student can afford a lawyer. Not surprisingly, since 2011 UNBC has banned lawyers from the student appeal process.
I now owe a huge student debt with no means of repaying it or of supporting myself and my minor son. According to a lawyer, I have a human rights case against UNBC. However, without legal representation, I am unable to defend my rights against UNBC and obtain my registered nurse degree. Moreover, Legal Aid and pro bono legal services do not provide help for low income people in cases such as mine.
Provincial governments have privileged universities, but failed to protect students' rights and interests. Publicly the BC government deplores the increase in child poverty! Please do not ignore this family; help and make one child's life better.
I am asking you to help me obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNBC, so that I can write my registered nurse exam, receive my registered nurse license, find work, pay off my student debt, support myself and my minor son, and become a self sufficient member of society.
What Martha MacLeod and some other UNBC instructors have done to some UNBC students is horrible.
UNBC must be compelled to treat its students fairly. Students' rights need to be protected, and one of the best ways to do that is to allow students to have representation by a lawyer through all four stages (instructor, chair, dean, senate) of the appeal process. This assistance needs to have funds available so that low and middle income students can enjoy the same effective rights as the wealthy.
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