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3. Academic Misconduct by UBC Students

For allegations of academic misconduct for which a hearing before the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline had started by September 6, 2022, the previous version of the provisions as they existed prior to the revisions apply, and that prior version can be found here:

3.1 Academic misconduct includes any conduct by which a student gains or attempts to gain an unfair academic advantage or benefit thereby compromising the integrity of the academic process, or helping or attempting to help another person commit an act of academic misconduct or gain, or attempt to gain, an unfair academic advantage. Examples of academic misconduct by a student include, but are not limited to, engaging, attempting to engage, or assisting others to engage, in any of the following actions:

  • a. submitting false or incomplete records or information to UBC, or failing to provide relevant information when requested, and which includes application misconduct;

  • b. cheating, which includes, but is not limited to:
    i. falsification of any material subject to academic assessment, including research data;
    ii. use of or participation in unauthorized collaborative work;
    iii. use in an examination of any materials or devices not specifically permitted by the instructor or examiner; and
    iv. use or facilitation of unauthorized means to complete an examination or coursework (including, but not limited to, receiving unauthorized assistance from another person (as one example only, retaining or paying a tutor or another person to do your work), or providing that assistance, or accessing websites or other online resources not specifically permitted by the instructor or examiner);

  • c. possession during an examination of any materials or devices not specifically permitted by the instructor or examiner;

  • d. failing to comply with any rule or direction governing examinations given by an instructor or examiner or any policy governing examinations (including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Senate Policy J-101, Student Conduct during Examinations);

  • e. committing plagiarism, namely submitting or presenting the work of another person as one’s own, without appropriate referencing. (Scholarship quite properly rests upon examining and referring to the thoughts and writings of others. However, when another person's words (i.e. phrases, sentences, or paragraphs), ideas, or entire works are used, the author must be acknowledged in the text, in footnotes, in endnotes, or in another accepted form of academic citation. Where direct quotations are made, they must be clearly delineated (for example, within quotation marks or separately indented). Failure to provide proper attribution is plagiarism because it represents someone else's work as one's own. Plagiarism should not occur in submitted drafts or final works. A student who seeks assistance from a tutor or other scholastic aids must ensure that the work is the student’s own. Students are responsible for ensuring that any work submitted does not constitute plagiarism. Students who are in any doubt as to what constitutes plagiarism should consult their instructor before handing in the work.);

  • f. committing self-plagiarism (reuse of one’s own previous work, whether in whole or in part, or the same or substantially the same work, without appropriate referencing and without prior approval from the instructor(s) to whom the work is to be submitted);

  • g. impersonating a student, facilitating the impersonation of a student, or allowing another person to impersonate them during an examination or any other academic assessment;

  • h. failing to comply with any disciplinary measure imposed for academic misconduct; and

  • i. failing to comply with the terms of an integrity plan under section 6.


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