Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure

Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
Approval DateApril 1, 2015
Effective DateSeptember 8, 2015

Organizational Scope

This policy pertains to all students attending The Michener Institute.


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


Academic Integrity

The Michener Institute 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 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. (References and How Not to Plagiarize)

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 is the act of representing or being represented by another person during any evaluation, examination, or assignment.


Cheating is an attempt to gain 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.


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 automatic transcript notation or inclusion of documentation of the violation as part of the student’s permanent record.


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


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, a report or referral form must be filed with the Program Chair.

  • If the student accepts responsibility and the staff/ faculty member has dealt with the situation, the Academic Integrity Violation Form must still be completed and filed with the Program 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 Form must be completed and filed with the Program Chair. The Program 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 Planning & Operations or the Vice President, Academic or their designate must approve the decision. In that event, the Chair will notify the student in writing of termination no later than three working days after concluding the investigation.

A student may appeal the decision through the Academic and Non-Academic Appeal Policy & Procedure Appeals Process. The student has three (3) business days within which to notify Michener of the intent to appeal the decision.

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
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