College of Nursing

Post-Degree BSN

Academic Regulations

Academic regulations of the University of Saskatchewan apply to all students and courses in the Post-Degree BSN Program. Please refer to the University of Saskatchewan regulations.

Specific timeframes that differ from the general guidelines are as follows:

  1. Instructor: Informal Consultation
    • Should occur within three days after grades are available
  2. Formal Re-Assessment (Re-read) at the College level

Academic Integrity

What is Academic Honesty?

The Guidelines for Academic Conduct from University of Saskatchewan Council gives the following description of honest behaviour at the university:

  • Honesty and integrity are expected in class participation, examinations, assignments, patient care, and other academic work.
  • Perform your own work unless specifically instructed otherwise.
  • Use your own work to complete assignments and exams.
  • Cite the source when quoting or paraphrasing someone else's work.
  • Follow examination rules.
  • Be truthful on all university forms.
  • Discuss with your professor if you are using the same material for assignments in two different courses.
  • Discuss with your professor if you have any questions about whether sources require citation.
  • Use the same standard of honesty with fellow students, lab instructors, teaching assistants, sessional instructors, and administrative staff as you do with faculty.

University of Saskatchewan. (2002). Academic honesty. January 1, 2010 from University of Saskatchewan website

What is Academic Misconduct?

"Academic Dishonesty" is what the university calls cheating. Types of cheating are listed in the Student Academic Dishonesty Rules of the University of Saskatchewan Council. These rules were approved by University Council on September 16, 1999, with latest revisions approved in February 2005.

When a professor believes a student has cheated, the Rules list two procedures which can be followed. Rule One "Informal Procedures" are the procedures followed when a professor feels that a student has cheated inadvertently or without intending to do wrong. This can be handled between the professor and the student with a discussion and a warning. The informal procedure could result in the requirement that the student revise and resubmit an assignment before the professor will grade it. Rule Two "Formal Allegations of Academic Misconduct" are the procedures followed when a professor feels that the cheating requires a penalty, perhaps ranging from a mark of zero in an assignment up to being expelled from the university. The Rule Two procedures require that the student have a hearing. If the student is judged guilty of the offense, a penalty will be applied. The student may appeal.

Note: Students in the Post-Degree BSN Option should be aware that the timelines provided within U of S policies regarding appeals, deferred exams and supplemental exams relate specifically to students following a regular academic schedule. Therefore students who wish to pursue any of these processes must see the College of Nursing Acting Associate Dean immediately to discuss timelines that will not jeopardize progress in this option.

The following document "Integrity Defined" was retrieved from the University of Saskatchewan website March 4, 2010.

Scholarly Writing

The following list of resources is provided to assist you in writing scholarly papers and in determining what is meant by the term scholarly references. You are encouraged to also check with the library at your site for additional resources.

References Related to Scholarly Writing:

Latham, J.R.. (2002). Thoughts on scholarly writing. Available from:

Hallas, D., & Feldman, H.R. (2006). A guide to scholarly writing in nursing. Back to School. Available from:

Gocsik, K. (Last modified 2005). Writing the academic paper: What is an academic paper? University of Dartmouth. Available at:

References Related to Scholarly References:

University of Saskatchewan. (n.d.). Writing your paper: Scholarly vs. popular sources. In Guides - scholarly vs. popular sources. Available from:

Dutch, S. (Last modified 2008). References for college papers. University of Wisconsin. Available at: