Self advocacy, rights and responsibilities
You will have already noticed that University students have a LOT of responsibility for their own success. You’ll be learning new study skills, managing your time in new ways, and deciding on priorities so that you can juggle expectations and life realities.
Another skill that will help you is “Self-Advocacy”. This means that you’ll learn to speak up for yourself to make sure your issues are addressed, take responsibility for deciding what is best for you and making that happen, and that you know your personal rights and can stand up against unfair or discriminatory treatment if you see or experience it.
The services of an advocate are available to Vancouver Island University students through the Vancouver Island University Student’s Union. If after reviewing this manual you feel having the assistance of an advocate would be helpful you can inquire at the Student Union Building or telephone (250)754-8866.