Identifying and Detecting Academic Misconduct

What is Academic Misconduct?

The official version of the Code of Student Behaviour is online, located on the University Governance website. It is organized into broad categories, including rights for students being charged under the Code, offences under the Code, sanctions and their impacts, the discipline process, and appeals.

The following is a summary of offences that relate to inappropriate academic behaviour; please check the Code online for the most detailed and current definitions.

Submitting the words, ideas, images or data of another person’s as one’s own, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

There are five categories of cheating:

  1. Possessing unauthorized material (such as crib notes, notes written on hands or other body parts,         electronic devices not specifically permitted, or copying from another student)
  2. Misrepresenting one person as another for an exam or assignment,
  3. Substantial editorial or compositional assistance,
  4. Resubmitting material already graded for credit (sometimes referred to as “self-plagiarism), and
  5. False or fabricated claims, data or references.

Misuse of Confidential Materials
Procuring, distributing, or receiving any confidential academic materials (e.g. pending tests or assignments).

Research and Scholarship Misconduct
Refers to the Research and Scholarship Integrity Policy as it relates to students.

Inappropriate Behaviour in Professional Programs
Students in professional programs are also bound by the code of ethics governing that profession. To violate the code of ethics is to violate the Code of Student Behaviour.

Misrepresentation of Facts
Misrepresenting facts for the purpose of obtaining unfair academic advantage.

Participation in an Offence
Knowingly helping or encouraging other students to commit an offence under the Code.

Offering money or other benefits in exchange for academic advantage. It is important to become familiar with the Code. It contains valuable information on types of offences (Section 30.3), available sanctions and their impact (30.4), and procedures for Instructors (30.5.4), Deans (30.5.7) and Discipline Officers (30.5.8), as well as a full description of procedures for the University Appeals Board (UAB) in the few cases that are appealed (Section 30.6).