November 30, 2006 15:00 ET

Missing Items From BCIT May Be Used to Falsify Transcripts

Public asked to call hotline with questions, concerns

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has learned that items are missing from the Institute's Registrar's Office, including an Institute seal used on transcripts. This item could be used to falsify transcripts from BCIT. No sensitive or personal information, computer equipment or files are missing, and BCIT's records system has not been compromised.

BCIT would like to inform the public that it is addressing the situation. Anyone presented with a BCIT transcript or other documentation bearing BCIT's seal who may have questions about its authenticity is asked to call a hotline for information and assistance. The number to call is 604-456-1217. Typically, transcripts are used to apply for employment, or to apply for additional programs at BCIT or other post-secondary institutions.

"We are conducting a thorough investigation into this matter and until the missing items are accounted for, we will be closely monitoring the production of all transcripts," says Allison Markin, a spokesperson for the Institute.

To ensure the integrity of its transcripts, BCIT is changing the way in which they are produced. Transcripts issued prior to November 25, 2006 bearing the Institute's seal are valid. Should an institution, employer, student or alumnus require confirmation of a transcript which has not been received directly from BCIT, they are encouraged to call the hotline.

Burnaby RCMP are investigating and BCIT is informing other post-secondary institutions across Canada, as well as its industry partners, to be on the lookout for falsified transcripts.

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