18. Professional Conduct

All graduate faculty shall be subject to the policies stipulated in the U of S Policy on Academic Affairs and Research and Scholarly Activities. This includes, but is not limited to all aspects of graduate faculty conduct with respect to their role and responsibilities in graduate student education and academic research.

18.1. Conflict of Interest

All possibilities of conflict of interest in academic decisions shall be scrupulously avoided. It is the responsibility of faculty members and students to declare conflicts of interest when they know them to arise. It is the responsibility of the Graduate Chair, the CGSR Dean, or any other person responsible for graduate program administration to ensure that conflicts of interest are avoided in academic decisions.

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18.2. Policies of Particular Academic and Professional Disciplines

All graduate students, their supervisors, and advisors shall know and respect the policies and standards of their particular academic discipline, professional body, and associated granting council.

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18.3. Student Academic Honesty and Integrity

This policy is complementary to, and does not replace or contradict, anything in the University Council regulations on Student Academic Dishonesty, and in the case of a dispute the University Council regulations will take precedence.

Students shall perform their academic work with honesty and integrity. Academic work includes, but is not limited to in class participation, examinations, assignments, patient care and other duties.  Every student must perform his or her own work.

Student misconduct includes: Cheating; plagiarism; forgery; fabrication; theft of instructional material or tests; unauthorized access to or manipulation of laboratory or clinical equipment or computer programs; alteration of grade books, clinical records, files or computer grades; misuse of research data in reporting results; use of personal relationships to gain grades or favours or other attempts to obtain grades or credit through fraudulent means; unprofessional conduct related to patient care; threats to university personnel; and other conduct inconsistent with academic integrity.

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18.3.1. Cheating and Fabrication

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, giving or receiving unauthorized aid in academic work such as the improper use of books, notes, or other students’ tests, papers or lab reports; the buying or supplying of term papers, lab reports, essays or analyses; passing off the artistic work of others as one’s own; taking a dishonest competitive advantage (for instance, preventing others from fair and equal access to library resources); or using work done for one course in fulfillment of the requirements of another, without approval of the teachers involved.

Fabrication includes furnishing to a university office or official or faculty member a written or oral statement known by the student to be false or misleadingly incomplete.  This includes, but is not limited to, medical information and student data for financial aid and admission. 

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18.3.2. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the theft of the intellectual creation of another person without proper attribution.  It is the use of someone else’s words or ideas or data without proper documentation or acknowledgement.  Quotations must be clearly marked, and sources of information, ideas, or opinions of others must be clearly indicated in all written work.  This applies to paraphrased ideas as well as to direct quotations.  A student must acknowledge and fairly recognize any contributions made to their personal research and scholarly work by others, including other students and self.

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18.3.3. Other Forms of Academic Misconduct

Unauthorized access includes clandestine entry into any university facility or property, unapproved use or manipulation of university documents, records, or files, including computer data and programs. Unacceptable use of computing services and violation of copyright law are also considered to be academic misconduct.

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18.3.4. Consequences of Academic Misconduct in Coursework

Penalties resulting from informal resolution of academic misconduct will be mutually agreed upon by the student and course instructor/supervisor, while penalties resulting from formal resolution of academic misconduct shall be the responsibility of the panel hearing the case.

Consequence Guidelines for First Offense of Academic Misconduct in Coursework:

Suggested minimum Penalty for academic dishonesty in coursework is a mark of 0 for the assignment. Where plagiarism is the offence, the student should be required to review and write a document summarizing an agreed source text on plagiarism; the document must be submitted prior to the next registration.

Intermediate Penalties for academic misconduct in course work range from 0 in the assignment/exam/lab and a (minimum) 10% reduction in the course grade, to suspension for at least one term. 

Maximum Penalty of expulsion should be applied in cases where plagiarism is extensive and there is a deliberate attempt to hide/deny the plagiarism. 

Consequence Guidelines for Second Offense of Academic Misconduct in Coursework:

A student found guilty of a second offence of plagiarism in coursework should be considered for expulsion.      

Consequence Guidelines for Plagiarism in Thesis or Dissertation:

Suggested minimum penalty of suspension of at least one term in cases where examples of plagiarism are very limited in number and scope or where there are extenuating circumstances. Student should review and write a document summarizing an agreed source text on plagiarism prior to the next admission period.

 Maximum Penalty of expulsion should be applied in all cases of substantive plagiarism. In the case of an approved thesis or dissertation, the penalty should also include revocation of the thesis or dissertation.

Consequence Guidelines for Fabrication of Data or Results:

Fabrication of data or results used for research and course work will not be tolerated and students who engage in this behavior will be subject to consequences equivalent to those applied in cases of plagiarism. back to top