Dr. Alan Davis, president and vice-chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. (Photo: Submitted)

Former KPU student takes school to court over GPA complaint

Judge dismissed petition, finding president’s subsequent actions made it moot

A former engineering student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has taken his alma mater to court, claiming that after leaving the school it registered him in courses he never attended, resulting in failing grades that reduced his grade point average.

Renaud Burton also claimed he was improperly denied a hearing when he tried to get those grades cancelled. His dad, Robert Burton, who financed Renaud’s education, was the second petitioner.

Justice Nathan Smith presided over the case, heard in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. He said in his reasons for judgment that according to KPU, Renaud knowingly registered for the courses and failed to withdraw by the required time.

“However, after the petition was filed but before it was heard, KPU President Dr. Alan Davis ordered removal of the disputed grades from Renaud’s transcript, with a consequent adjustment in his overall GPA,” the judge noted. “He also ordered cancellation of an outstanding account for unpaid tuition. KPU says the petitioners have therefore obtained the substantive relief they were seeking and the petition is now moot.”

The petitioners, however, argued that Renaud is nevertheless entitled to a “due process hearing” to set the record straight and “absolve him of any suggestion of wrongdoing.”

Smith dismissed the petition, however.

“There is no evidence that Renaud is likely to suffer any adverse consequences now that President Davis has taken the action he has,” the judge decided. “There is no evidence that the now-cancelled marks will appear on any transcript or records that will ever be produced to other parties, such as other academic institutions to which Renaud may apply or potential employers.”

Smith noted that “cancellation of the adverse grades, restoration of the GPA, and the cancellation of the outstanding alleged debt have all been achieved through the decision of President Davis, which came after the petition was filed.”

Smith concluded that, “in short, the substantive relief has already been obtained.”


Just Posted

Parents rally to support LGBT education in Abbotsford schools

Small demonstration held in the rain to counter anti-SOGI rhetoric

PHOTOS: Just days after good deed in Whalley, vandals torch North Surrey Tigers clubhouse

The team recently spent the evening feeding the homeless along 135A Street

Sold-out crowd rocked Langley twin’s greenhouse charity gala

Volunteers credited with making party profitable for sick kids at Canuck Place.

Soccer provincials features stark Surrey talent

Five teams from Delta & Surrey competing in provincials this week

Huge grain, potash terminals proposed for Fraser Surrey Docks

Surrey’s mayor is embracing the projects, but Delta’s mayor has concerns about emergency crew access

VIDEO: Surrey family trying to help desperate earthquake victims in Iraq and Iran

They’ve set up a gofundme.com page, Sarpol-e-Zahab Earthquake Relief

David Cassidy, teen idol and ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Cassidy announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with dementia

VIDEO: It’s ‘disrespectful’ that White Rock council not notified of Trudeau visit: mayor

PM should be welcomed to city by council, not former mayor and First Nation chief, Baldwin says

Vigil held for woman whose remains were found on Shuswap farm

Family and friends remember Vernon resident Traci Genereaux and along with five other missing women

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale made in the Shuswap will be ready in time for Christmas

LETTER: Jumbo Valley is part of Ktunaxa territorial claim

Ktunaxa Nation Council responds to Tom Fletcher column

Union contests layoffs at Maple Ridge motel

Demonstration planned for today at former Quality Inn

Pitt Meadows councillor convicted of sex assault resigns from job

David Murray will retire from work with city of Port Coquitlam

3,800-plant grow-op busted on First Nation reserve

Three men face charges after RCMP bust a large drug operation on the Soowahlie Reserve near Chilliwack

Most Read