Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure

AC-REG-POLPRO-002
Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
DepartmentAcademic
Approval DateMay 29, 2019
Effective DateSeptember 3, 2019

Organizational Scope

The Policy applies to all full-time and part-time students enrolled in programs offered in The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, School for Applied Health Sciences (“Michener”).

Purpose

Students enrolled at Michener will be held to a high standard of academic integrity in all academic and learning matters. This policy defines academic integrity and provides guidelines on the procedure to be followed when a student has violated academic integrity.

Policy

Michener believes that the development of academic discipline and acceptable standards of academic integrity and honesty are important aspects of the learning process. Individual students must assume responsibility for the measure of discipline and academic integrity appropriate to their role as students in a health care profession.

Academic Integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.

(The Centre for Academic Integrity, Duke University. The fundamental values of academic integrity.  Durham (NC), October 1999. p. 4)

Acts such as plagiarism, impersonation and cheating are considered a direct violation of academic integrity and will result in severe penalties.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the portrayal, claiming or use of another person’s work or ideas (sentence, thought, paragraph, intellectual property, data, drawings or images) without specific reference. In the academic world this is considered to be theft. It is dishonest and irresponsible and will result in serious consequences. This applies to material from all sources – print, media, web, photos, graphs and diagrams.

While assignments and tests are intended to assess a student’s personal knowledge of a subject, there are times when students need to use resources written by others. In the health professions, this often consists of research findings, ideas and opinions. Proper referencing acknowledges ownership and shows respect for the work of others, allows the reader to locate the source of information and demonstrates a student’s ability to research, digest, apply and transfer knowledge.

In addition, all assignments must be the independent work of the student. Duplication of another student’s work is considered plagiarism. Group assignments are considered to be the personal work of the entire group members shared equally. If other sources are used they must be carefully cited. (See the LRC page References and Writing Help specifically Why Use References? Avoiding Plagiarism)

Tests and exams are intended to establish the knowledge level of the student in a particular subject. Tests and exam assess and evaluate knowledge required by the profession and cited in the course outline learning outcomes. Each student is expected to respond independently to all the questions. Copying from the papers of other students is prohibited. With the exception of open textbook exams, copying from notes or textbooks brought into the test/exam room is not permitted.

Impersonation

Impersonation is the act of representing or being represented by another person during any evaluation, examination, or assignment and includes working as a group or team in online activities that are intended to be completed individually.

Cheating

Cheating is an attempt to gain or provide an inappropriate advantage in an academic evaluation. Examples of cheating are:

  • Obtaining a copy of an examination before it is officially available;
  • Copying another person’s answer to an examination question during the examination;
  • Consulting an unauthorized source during an examination;
  • Bringing an unauthorized source specific to the subject into an evaluation; or
  • Providing knowledge of materials on examinations to others (such as to those writing in a second or separate session such as an accommodation session).

Penalties

Violation of academic integrity is a serious offence.  Depending upon extent, circumstances and previous record, violation of academic integrity will result in one or more of the penalties listed below:

  • Loss of marks
  • Letter of warning
  • Academic ethics seminar attendance
  • Probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion from program

The above penalties may be accompanied by such consequences as transcript notation or inclusion of documentation of the violation as part of the student’s permanent record.

Procedure

Purpose:

The purpose of this procedure is to define the process of addressing situations in which a breach in Academic Integrity has occurred.

Procedures:

A staff/ faculty member who suspects or establishes that a student has violated academic integrity must address the issue with the student immediately. Whether the student accepts responsibility or not, an Academic Integrity Violation Report must be filed with the Academic Chair.

  • If the student accepts responsibility and the staff/ faculty member has dealt with the situation, the Academic Integrity Violation Report must be completed and filed with the Academic Chair. The Chair has final discretion on the penalty and consequences based on the student’s record and seriousness of the violation.
  • When a student has not accepted responsibility for violating academic integrity, an Academic Integrity Violation Report must be completed and filed with the Academic Chair. The Academic Chair will investigate the case and decide on the appropriate penalty and consequences. Each case will be treated individually on its own merit and penalties may vary. If termination from the program is deemed appropriate, the Senior Director, Academic Programs or their designate must approve the decision and notify the Registrar. In that event, the Registrar will notify the student in writing of termination no later than three working days after the investigation concludes.

A student may appeal the decision through the Academic and Non-Academic Appeal Policy & Procedure Appeals Process. The student must adhere to the timelines in that Policy and Procedure.

Associated Documentation

Revision History

Date Reviewer Change(s) Made
September 14, 2011 AAC Committee Document Approved
March 6, 2015 Sydney Redpath Minor correction of wording to reflect current Michener personnel
May 29, 2019 Cathy Carson minor wording changes; removes appeal timelines and instead references the Academic and Non-Academic Appeal Policy/Procedure; cheating and impersonation bolstered