Scam Alert: Immigration call

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Student Services would like to alert all students at Columbia College about recent telephone scams that have been targeting newcomers to Canada, including international students. In these situations, the caller often pretends to be an immigration officer or government official, and tells you that you have broken the law. 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, be deported, lose your visa, or have your account suspended if you don’t pay or give your personal information.

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.

– Student Services

Registration Wait List Information

There are no wait lists for 100 level courses.

Once a 100 level course section is full, students will not be able to register in that course section or join a wait list. Students should check the Student Portal regularly (daily) to monitor if any seats become available. Occasionally, new course sections are added to the timetable during and after early registration so it is important to stay connected (this website, Instagram, Student Portal).

Wait lists for 200 level courses:

If a 200 level course is full, students can request to be placed on a wait list*.

Student must send the request to on or after their registration date/time**.

The following information must be included in the request:

  1. In the subject line of the email, state Wait List Request for [course name].

Example: Wait List Request for CMNS 205 sec. 12.

  1. Include the following information in the body of the email message:
    1. Your full name
    2. Student number
    3. Course name
    4. Course section
    5. Contact information (email and mobile number)
    6. Total number of credits earned at Columbia College
    7. Do you meet the prerequisite requirement for that course or have a waiver?***

Example:  My name is John Smith; my student number is 812545. Please place my name on the waitlist for CMNS 205 sec. 12. You can contact me at or by phone at 778-222-2244.  I have completed 36 credits at Columbia College. I meet the prerequisite requirement for this course (passed English 100, earned more than 12 academic credits, and completed CMNS 110 with C- or higher).

If a seat becomes available, the first student on the list will be offered the seat via email and/or phone. The student will have 24 hours to accept the seat. After 24 hours the offer will expire. Students must check their e-mail and phone messages daily.

*Must meet all prerequisites for the course; otherwise, the request will be discarded.

**Any requests received before the allocated registration date/time will be discarded. Please refer to the Summer 2018 Registration Schedule. Example: Student with 36 credits at CC, should NOT send the request before 2PM on April 19th at 2PM.

***For information on course prerequisites visit

Registration Information

Summer 2018 Registration InformationRegistration for the Summer 2018 semester starts on Wednesday, April 18 and for most students will take place on the Student Portal.  Exceptions are for students in the ESL and Secondary programs, and for students who are part-time or who have a pre-requisite waiver.

To see when your registration time is, click here: Summer 2018 Registration Schedule. For registration purposes, all of your credits at Columbia College count towards your date and time.

For the timetable with current teaching assignments, click here: Summer 2018 Timetable (updated April 13). This timetable will be continuously updated as we receive new assignments, but remains subject to change until the end of the registration period.

Once you have completed your registration, you will have 24 hours to pay all of your fees.  If you do not pay, you may be withdrawn from some or all of your classes.  To check your balance, click on My Ledger on the Student Portal.

Winter 2018 Double Probation Information

IfDouble Probation your semester GPA is below 1.7 for two consecutive semesters i.e. in the Fall semester (September – December 2017) and the Winter semester (January – April 2018), you are on Double Probation and you are blocked from registration.

If you wish to register for courses in the Summer 2018 semester, you must appeal by completing the form below.  The Appeal Committee will review your application and decide whether to allow you to register.

If you are unsure about how to write an appeal and need assistance, you can meet with a counsellor on April 17, 19 or 20 at 12pm in Room 314 to get more advice or learn about other options.

To submit your appeal, go to this link:

When completing the appeal form, please consider and include the following information:

  • Why you have not performed up to the Columbia College standards;
  • Why you believe that you can achieve better grades next semester;
  • Include medical or other documentation that will support your appeal by e-mailing
  • Please make sure that the form is complete before pressing submit.

You will find out the outcome of your appeal in your college e-mail in the morning of the day after your appeal. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you cannot appeal again.

The deadline to appeal is Monday, April 23 at 2pm.

Triple Probation

If your semester GPA is below 1.7 for three consecutive semesters (Summer 2017, Fall 2017 & Winter 2018) then you are on triple probation.

You should register at another college.  If you feel that there were extenuating circumstances for your performance, come to Student Services to see a counsellor.

Mindfulness Courses at the Crisis Centre


Feeling stressed out about school? Register for mindfulness courses at the Crisis Centre! The Centre offers half-day workshops or a new 8-week online program.

In these sessions, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of mindfulness
  • Learn why and how it can help with self-care and stress reduction
  • Explore recent research and brain science
  • Provide a mix of information, discussion, practice and reflection
  • Introduce simple, practical ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily life

About the 8 Week Online Program

Each 60-minute session will explore a theme related to emotional well-being, guided mindfulness practice (ranging from one to 15 minutes), time for inner reflection, and an opportunity for rejuvenation. Sessions will incorporate videos, opportunities for discussion and activities to enhance learning.​ Participants will receive resources and information to support developing a mindfulness practice.  You can attend the class live or by video recording.

Register online here.