Attention: Scams targeting international students

Dear students,

We would like to alert you about recent telephone scams that have been targeting newcomers to Canada, including students at Columbia College. In these situations, the caller often pretends to be an immigration officer or government official, and tells you that you have broken the law or that your loved ones have been kidnapped. It is probably a scam if they ask you to pay money or ask you to give them your personal information (date of birth, passport number, credit card information, etc.). They may even threaten you by saying that you could go to jail, never see your loved ones again, be deported, lose your visa, or have your account suspended if you don’t pay or give your personal information.

For more details about these scams, including the most recent virtual kidnapping scheme targeting Chinese students, visit the RCMP (Police) website.

Be aware: Scammers often give a fake name and agent number to appear legitimate. If you think the caller is a scammer:

  • ask for the name and number of the agent, and
  • call the Call Centre to confirm the agent’s identity.

If you received a suspicious call, hang up immediately and:

If you have been the target of a scam and provided personal or financial information, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:

Alternatively, you may also speak with Student Services staff for additional support.

Rose Black, BA (Hons), RISIA
Student Services Manager | Columbia College


Saturday May 19th – Class location changes

An Announcement from Columbia College Administration:

Due to construction work on the 4th floor of the main campus, there will be class location changes happening only on this coming Saturday May 19th.

The following classes will be meeting in these locations:

ANTH 110  sec 081 (Cornell Pop) meets in Room 550
ENGL 100 sec 081 (Graham Lyons) meets in Room 446
ENGL 100 sec 101 (Graham Lyons) meets in Room 446
ASIA 131 sec 121 (Casey Collins) meets in Room 446

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Welcome to the Summer Semester!

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Happy Friday! With classes starting next week, check out this week’s CC newsletter to keep up to date on what’s happening at the college!…/welcome-to-the-summer-semester…

What’s in this issue:
– Dragon Boat team
– Updates from Student Services and the Library
– Aesth Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline: May 7)
– Meet our Alumni

Dragon Boat: Meet the Coach!

Dragon boat starts today! 🚣🏾‍♂️

Meet at Student Services today if you’re interested in joining the team. Come meet the new coach and learn about the legendary team at Columbia College! No experience necessary. 💪

CC Riders, Columbia College’s competitive medal-winning dragon boat team is looking for dedicated and determined students to go for gold in the 2018 @dragonboatbc festival. Are you up for the challenge? Join one of the college’s most famous sports teams!

Here’s what you’ll get out of it:
✔️Your own CC Riders team jersey
✔️Free expert training and competition entry
✔️Certificate of Participation
✔️Lifelong friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Recycling Initiative to Support Create Change Foundation

Do you want to make a difference? RECYCLE! The Students Impacts Club and Students for the Planet Club are collaborating on this initiative on raising awareness about recycling.

Check out the poster they’ve created! Any cans and bottles you dispose in the right bin will be brought to a depot in exchange for money and all proceeds from bottle returns will be donated to Create Change Foundation. Visit for more info.

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