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Academic Integrity

What is Academic Integrity?

The U of S strives to create a campus culture that values and celebrates academic honesty. Yet, inevitably every instructor, while grading student work, comes across an assignment or exam that appears to fall short of the expectations required of academic integrity at the university level. Before addressing such cases it is important you familiarize yourself with the student academic dishonesty rules that govern the U of S. The following is an excerpt from the Regulations on Student Academic Misconduct. To learn more about U of S policy, visit the Office of the University Secretary.

Introduction to Academic Integrity with Susan Bens

Talking to Students Suspected of Academic Dishonesty, Susan Bens and Elana Geller

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Student Academic Misconduct Rules of the University of Saskatchewan Council

Current issue (PDF icon) Regulations on Student Academic Misconduct (PDF)

Below are some excerpts from this document:

III.  Informal Procedures

Many cases of alleged academic misconduct on the part of students result from misunderstanding or carelessness. When an infraction is suspected, the instructor or invigilator may, at his or her own discretion, speak informally with the student(s) to discuss the matter and to consider an appropriate remedy. 

  1. If the student concedes having committed academic misconduct, and if the infraction is deemed by the instructor to be minor enough not to warrant a formal hearing, then the instructor and student may agree on an appropriate remedy.
  2. Remedies available to an instructor are limited to the following: 

a)  The grade on the work that is the subject of the infraction may be reduced to a failing grade or a zero, or by a percentage appropriate to the degree of the academic misconduct; or 

b)  The student may be asked to resubmit or re-write the examination, assignment or other work. 

The instructor must inform the student in writing (ie. Informal Resolution of Academic Misconduct form) of the nature of the remedy to be imposed. 

 3. Remedies applied pursuant to III.2 above are considered to be informal measures and do not result in a permanent record of academic misconduct. 

 4. If it appears that the academic misconduct was of a more serious nature and therefore that a formal hearing is warranted, or if the student disputes the charge of academic misconduct or the remedy proposed pursuant to III.2 above, then either the instructor or invigilator, or the student, may request a formal hearing. Where the appeal is by the student following imposition of informal measures under (3) above, the appeal must be made within 14 days of notification of the remedy. Such a request should be made to the office of the Dean, Executive Director or designate in the College or School responsible for the course in which the alleged infraction occurred or, if the matter falls outside the responsibility of a College or School, to the Provost and Vice-President Academic. Such a request will be subject to the procedures outlined in Section IV below.

IV.  Formal Allegations of Academic Dishonesty

  1. The formal procedures for allegations of misconduct shall be followed for all allegations serious enough to require a hearing, or for those situations which it has not been possible to resolve at the informal level. It is the responsibility of the person who makes an allegation (the complainant) to provide a rationale for the allegation and to present the evidence in support of it. The allegation shall be specific with the pertinent details of the incident and shall be filed as soon as is possible after the occurrence or discovery of the incident. 
  2. The formal procedures are designed so that both the complainant and the respondent can present their respective arguments before an impartial board of decision-makers, and the consequences can be both meaningful and appropriate. 
  3. A formal allegation of academic misconduct 

a)  may be made by a member of the General Academic Assembly, an instructor, a student or staff member of the University. 

b)  shall be in writing with the name of the person making the allegation attached to it. 

c)  shall be delivered to the Dean, Executive Director or designate of the College or School that is responsible for the course or other academic activity to which the allegation relates. Where the matter falls outside the responsibility of a College or School, the formal allegation shall be delivered to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). 

  4.  The Dean, Executive Director or designate or the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) shall deliver a copy of the allegation along with a copy of these regulations 

a)  to the student(s) against whom the allegation is made (the respondent); 

b)  if the student is not registered in the College or School responsible for the course or activity to which the allegation relates, to the Dean of the College or Executive Director of the School in which the respondent is/was registered; 

c)  to the Head of the Department in which the alleged offence was committed; 

d)  to the instructor of the course, when the alleged offence involves a course; and 

e)  to the University Secretary.  

If you need assistance interpreting these regulations or would like additional information about what to do in a particular case, it is recommended that you contact the Office of the University Secretary at 966-4632. As well, the U of S Academic Integrity Awareness Week (AIAW) is held in the fall every year. It features a number of events and workshops explaining issues of academic integrity more in depth.