AHVA Codes of Practice

It is expected that all UBC students taking VISA courses will be respectful and responsible when researching, creating artistic work, and presenting work publicly.

VISA students are members of the UBC community and must ensure that their research and the content of their work do not violate any international, national, provincial, municipal, or University laws and policies.

AHVA reserves the right to review and give final approval for what research is conducted and how work is publicly presented.

AHVA faculty and staff are here to assist students in safely achieving their academic and artistic goals. Faculty and staff respect student confidentiality.

All students should remember that they are here to learn, experiment and push themselves, as such failure is inevitable–the saw blade will break, the printer will jam the day, hour, minute before your presentation–faculty and staff are here to support you through this, do not be afraid to take risks and push yourself in your work.

Full list of UBC policies.


UBC Statement on Respectful Environment

The University of British Columbia envisions a climate in which students, faculty, and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching, and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity, and mutual respect. The University of British Columbia strives to realize this vision by establishing employment and educational practices that respect the dignity of individuals and make it possible for everyone to live, work, and study in a positive and supportive environment, free from harmful behaviours such as bullying and harassment. The best possible environment for working, learning, and living is one in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity, and inclusion are valued. Everyone at the University of British Columbia is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds these principles in all communications and interactions with fellow UBC community members and the public in all University-related settings.


Academic Freedom

The members of the University enjoy certain rights and privileges essential to the fulfillment of its primary functions: instruction and the pursuit of knowledge. Central among these rights is the freedom, within the law, to pursue what seems to them as fruitful avenues of inquiry, to teach and to learn unhindered by external or non-academic constraints, and to engage in full and unrestricted consideration of any opinion. This freedom extends not only to the regular members of the University, but to all who are invited to participate in its forum. Suppression of this freedom, whether by institutions of the state, the officers of the University, or the actions of private individuals, would prevent the University from carrying out its primary functions. All members of the University must recognize this fundamental principle and must share responsibility for supporting, safeguarding, and preserving this central freedom. Behaviour that obstructs free and full discussion, not only of ideas that are safe and accepted, but of those which may be unpopular or even abhorrent, vitally threatens the integrity of the University’s forum. Such behaviour cannot be tolerated.


Freedom from Harassment & Discrimination

The University of British Columbia is committed to ensuring that all members of the University community – students, faculty, staff, and visitors – are able to study and work in an environment of tolerance and mutual respect that is free from harassment and discrimination.