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Academic Conduct and Professional Suitability Policy (Undergraduate)

Classification number ACD 1509
Framework category Academic
Approving authority Academic Council
Policy owner Registrar
Approval date May 18, 2018
Review date
Last updated Editorial Amendments, February 26, 2019
Supersedes Academic Regulations – Undergraduate Academic Calendar 2016-2017


The purpose of this Policy is to provide a framework that outlines faculty members’ and students’ responsibility in regard to undergraduate-related academic conduct and professional suitability.


For the purposes of this Policy the following definitions apply:

“Semester” means sixty days of lectures and a Final Examination period.

“Academic Record” means any information or documents that are part of a student’s academic career, including transcripts, degrees, student schedules, exams, papers, theses and personal information.”

“Transcript” means the complete report of a student's academic record.

Scope and authority

This Policy applies to faculty members’ and students’ responsibility regarding undergraduate-related academic conduct and professional suitability.

This Policy does not apply to graduate-related academic conduct and professional suitability. For more information regarding graduate-related academic conduct, please refer to the Graduate Academic Calendar.

The Registrar, or successor thereof, is the Policy Owner and is responsible for overseeing the implementation, administration and interpretation of this Policy.


Academic conduct

  1. Faculty members and students share an important responsibility to maintain the integrity of the teaching and learning relationship. This relationship is characterized by honesty, fairness and mutual respect for the aims and principles of the pursuit of education, as well as the intellectual property of others.
  2. Academic misconduct impedes these goals, disrupts the activities of the university community and is punishable by appropriate disciplinary action.
  3. It is the responsibility of students to be aware of the actions that constitute academic misconduct, the procedures for launching and resolving complaints, and the penalties for commission of acts of misconduct. A lack of familiarity with the university's policy on academic conduct and misconduct on the part of a student does not constitute a defence against its application.

Academic misconduct

  1. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Unreasonable infringement on the freedom of other members of the academic community (e.g., disrupting classes or examinations, harassing, intimidating, or threatening others).
    2. Violation of health and safety regulations in a laboratory or other setting.
    3. Cheating on examinations, assignments, reports, or other work used to evaluate student performance. Cheating includes, among other things, copying from another student's work or allowing one's own work to be copied, submitting another person's work as one's own, fabrication of data, consultation with an unauthorized person during an examination, use of unauthorized aids, or submitting work prepared in collaboration with other member(s) of a class, when collaborative work on a project has not been authorized by the instructor.
    4. Impersonating another student or allowing oneself to be impersonated for purposes of taking examinations, or carrying out laboratory or other assignments.
    5. Plagiarism, which is the act of presenting the ideas, words, or other intellectual property of another as one's own, including images, designs, processes, computer software, digital, audio and video files, Internet resources and other works without appropriate attribution or credit. The use of other people's work must be properly acknowledged and referenced in all written material.
    6. Obtaining by improper means examination papers, tests, or similar materials and use or distribution of such materials to others.
    7. Falsifying academic records, including tests and examinations, or submitting false credentials for purpose of gaining admission to a program or course, or for any other purpose.
    8. Misrepresentation of facts, whether written or oral, which may have an effect on academic evaluation. This includes making fraudulent health claims, obtaining medical or other certificates under false pretences, or altering certificates for the purpose of misrepresentation.
    9. Submission of work when a major portion has been previously submitted or is being submitted for another course, without the expressed permission of all instructors involved.

Professional unsuitability

  1. Students in programs leading to professional certification must demonstrate behaviour appropriate to practice in those professions. Where a dean determines that behaviour inconsistent with the norms and expectations of the profession has been exhibited by a student, that student may be immediately withdrawn from the program by the dean or subject to one or more of the sanctions described below.
  2. A student demonstrating professional unsuitability may be immediately suspended from any practicum, field work or similar activity at the discretion of the dean pending a final decision.

Disciplinary sanctions

  1. If a student is deemed to have committed academic misconduct or are alleged to have demonstrated behaviour inconsistent with professional suitability, one or more disciplinary sanctions may be imposed.
  2. The severity of the disciplinary sanction will be determined by the nature of the misconduct or professional unsuitability and the student's past record of conduct.
  3. Students found guilty of successive acts of misconduct will receive increasingly severe sanctions.
  4. Disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. Resubmission of the piece of academic work in respect of which the misconduct was committed, for evaluation.
    2. A written reprimand, warning the student that the behaviour was unacceptable and that further misconduct will lead to additional sanctions. A copy of the reprimand will be placed in the student's file, but no notation will appear on the transcript.
    3. Submission of a failing grade in an examination, test, assignment or course.
    4. Disciplinary probation for the remainder of the student's registration in their current program of study. A note to this effect will be placed in the student's file, and a notation may appear on their transcript. Any further offence will lead to a more severe sanction.
    5. Expunging of grades or revoking of degrees.
    6. Restraining orders or monetary restitution where appropriate in the case of threats, harassment, or damage to property.
    7. Suspension from attendance in a course, a program, a faculty, or the university, for a period not less than one Semester (fall or winter) and not exceeding three years as deemed appropriate. While suspended, a student may not register for courses, and loses the right to attend lectures, write examinations, and receive payment from university sources. Courses taken elsewhere during the period of suspension are not eligible for transfer credit. Notice of suspension will be placed in the student's file and will appear on their transcript. The conditions of suspension will specify the length of time such notice will remain on the student's transcript.
    8. Permanent expulsion from the university. A note to this effect will be placed in the student's file and will remain on their transcript.
    9. Such other sanctions as deemed appropriate.

Allegations of academic misconduct or professional unsuitability

  1. With respect to all allegations of academic misconduct or professional unsuitability, students are presumed innocent until the contrary has been established. Decisions regarding the commission of academic misconduct or professional unsuitability shall be determined using the balance of probabilities as the standard of proof.
  2. A record of all allegations of misconduct, along with details of the resolution, will be entered into the central transcript kept by the Office of the Registrar.

Monitoring and review

This Policy will be reviewed as necessary and at least every three years. The Registrar, or successor thereof, is responsible to monitor and review this Policy.

Relevant legislation

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Related policies, procedures & documents

Academic Misconduct and Professional Unsuitability Procedures (Undergraduate)