Regulation 20 - Academic Integrity

As a community of scholars, the University of Prince Edward Island is committed to the principle of academic integrity among all its participants. Each student is responsible for their conduct which affects the University Community and is expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner in their academic work.  Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated and, within the constraints of this Regulation and Academic Regulation 12 (Academic Appeals), the University supports instructors in their efforts to deal effectively with cases as they may arise from time to time.

a)      Actions which constitute academic dishonesty are considered an offence within the University.  Examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:

  • plagiarism, which occurs when a student submits or presents work of another person in such a manner as to lead the reader to believe that it is the student's original work;  submission of work previously submitted for academic credit without prior approval of the professor.  Some examples of plagiarism include;
    a) quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing text without proper citation;
    b) paraphrasing too closely (changing few words or simple rearrangement of text);
    c) downloading and/or purchasing articles, essays, etc. and presenting it as your own work.
  • Cheating can be defined as attempting to secure a grade for yourself or others by unethical means. Some examples of cheating include:
    a) giving false reasons for absence;
    b) impersonating someone during a test or exam;
    c) copying or sharing information or unauthorized materials (eg. notes, books, calculators, etc.) during a test or exam;
    d) unauthorized use of technology (cellphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) during a test or exam;
    e) obtaining, copying, and/or sharing a copy of a test or exam before it is administered;
    f)  altering a test or exam after it has been graded and returned by the instructor;
    g) unauthorized collaboration between students when individual work is required.
  • Falsifying records or submitting false documents.  Some examples of falsification include:
    a) falsifying any research results, whether in experiments, field trip exercises, or other assignments;
    b) falsifying academic records, transcripts or other University documents, or misrepresenting one’s credentials;
    c) requesting the extension of a deadline citing reasons known to be false, including submitting false documentation supporting that request.
  • Tampering with University resources in any way which would deprive others of  their use.  Some examples include:
    a) hiding, damaging or destroying library materials or laboratory resources;
    b) altering or destroying university computer programs or files without authorization;
    c) accessing and altering official records without authorization.
  • Other academic misconduct such as the unauthorized use of recording devices or the unauthorized acquisition of computer software or other copyright material.

b) When there is reasonable evidence to support an allegation of academic dishonesty, the matter shall be discussed with the student at the earliest opportunity. A written record of the incident and the response of the University will be sent to the student and to the appropriate Chairperson and Dean, and will be placed by the Dean on the student's file in the Registrar’s Office.

c) One or more of the following sanctions may be imposed, depending on the seriousness of the offence:

i) the instructor, within his/her authority for assignment of course grades, may impose:

a) a reprimand;
b) assignment of a mark of zero or a percentage failure for the piece(s) of work under review;
c) assignment of a failing  grade in the course. The instructor will provide the Registrar with a percentage grade for posting on the student transcript;
d) suspension of privileges in cases where the offenses have involved misuse and/or abuse of the library, computer or other University Resources;

ii) the Dean, in consultation with the Department where appropriate, may recommend to the President suspension or expulsion from the University;

iii) the President may impose suspension or expulsion from the University;

iv) the Senate may withhold or revoke a degree, diploma, or certificate.

The student has the right to appeal through the provisions of Academic Regulation 12.

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