Academic Intergity Policy

Academic Integrity Policy

1.0 POLICY STATEMENT

1.1 The Royal Alberta College is committed to promoting and upholding an environment of Academic Integrity. This integrity will be monitored by The Office of Chief Registrar, who has the responsibility of documenting reports on infractions and shall report to The Office of the Alberta Licensee in the most serious of offences. The Office of the Registrar will monitor student compliance with the set standards mentioned herein, and shall make best efforts for prevention of violations of those standards stated herein:

2.0 PURPOSE

2.1 Academic Integrity ensures that academic successes are gained fairly. This policy explains the College’s expectations of Students, Instructing Faculty, and the College concerning Academic Integrity, so Students can understand their rights and responsibilities, make informed decisions, and be accountable for those decisions in a fair manner and to a fair outcome.

2.2 Academic Misconduct undermines the efforts and achievements of other students, detracts from the College’s reputation and the integrity of its credentials, and threatens the integrity of the broader scholarly community. Suspected Academic Misconduct shall be investigated and resolved by the College, including disciplinary action in accordance with this policy.

3.0 APPLICABILITY

3.1 All members of the College community share responsibility for complying with and enforcing Academic Integrity standards.

4.0 DEFINITIONS & MEANINGS

The Academic Integrity Office –  Within this policy the Office of the Registrar shall act as “The Academic Integrity Office”, The Registrar shall provide direction, advice, and leadership on Academic Integrity to all members of The Royal Alberta College.

Academic Misconduct – Participating in acts by which a person gains or attempts to gain an unfair academic advantage thereby compromising the integrity of the academic process, including, without limitation, Cheating, Fabrication and Falsification, Improper Collaboration, Multiple Submissions, Plagiarism, or helping or attempting to help another person commit an act of Academic Misconduct, and any other form of Obtaining an Unfair Advantage.

Academic Work – Any assessment event in any course offered by the College, whether a paper, essay, test, report, project, or other evaluation, whether oral, in writing or in other media.

Cheating – Copying the Academic Work of others; or the use, or attempted use, of unauthorized notes, information, materials, study aids, or devices in any academic exercise or activity.

Fabrication and Falsification – Falsifying or altering information; fabricating or counterfeiting information for use in an academic exercise, or to gain unfair academic advantage, except in creative production type exercises.

Improper Collaboration – Inappropriate sharing of Academic Work on an assignment that was intended as an individual assignment. Or when students work together in groups beyond the degree of permissible collaboration set out by the instructor.

Instructing Faculty – Individual acting as an educator in a course regardless of whether that person is a member of the College.

Multiple Submissions – Submitting the same Academic Work in multiple courses (or different sections of the same course) without permission of the instructors.

Obtaining an Unfair Advantage – Gaining, or attempting to gain, an unfair advantage not afforded to all students in an authorized fashion.

Plagiarism – The use and submission of another’s words, ideas, results, work, or processes without providing appropriate credit to the individual(s) responsible for same.

Student – An individual enrolled in a course offered by the College.

5.0 POLICY ELEMENTS

5.1 Student Responsibilities

5.1.1 All Students are responsible for:

5.1.1.1 Gaining the skills and knowledge related to proper citation and for applying these skills to all borrowed information (words, ideas, work, etc.);

5.1.1.2 Doing their own Academic Work;

5.1.1.3 Refraining from attempts at Obtaining an Unfair Advantage;

5.1.1.4 Taking reasonable precautions to prevent their Academic Work from being used by others;

5.1.1.5 Refraining from helping or attempting to help another person commit an act of Academic Misconduct;

5.1.1.6 Respecting and following expectations regarding the accepted degree of collaboration and copy-editing assistance, as laid out in assignment and exam instructions; and

5.1.1.7 Clarifying with Instructing Faculty aspects of instructions that are unclear to the student.

5.1.2 Students shall not engage in Academic Misconduct, whether intentional or unintentional.

5.1.3 Educational resources will be available to Students through the Academic Integrity Office.

5.2 Instructing Faculty Responsibilities

5.2.1 Instructing Faculty members are responsible for:

5.2.1.1 Making expectations under this policy clear and explicit to students in assignment and exam instructions;

5.2.1.2 Reducing the occurrence of academic integrity violations through appropriate design and administration of assignments and exams;

5.2.1.3 Responding to suspected Academic Misconduct in accordance with this Policy and related procedures, which includes reporting all suspected violations to the Academic Integrity Office.

5.3 Education and Training

5.3.1 The College will be proactive and take reasonable action to prevent Student Academic Misconduct through educational strategies and opportunities specifically designed for students and faculty, including:

5.3.1.1 Instructing faculty will include classroom presentations on the seriousness of Academic Misconduct and students will be advised about the resources for properly acknowledging resources for academic submissions.

5.3.1.2 Providing information contained on course outlines distributed to students;

5.4 Response to Alleged Misconduct

5.4.1 The College will respond to incidents of Student Academic Misconduct, including investigations and resolution, which may include disciplinary sanctions if appropriate.

5.5 All student subject to 5.4.1 shall have the right to appeal all decisions as set forth within the Student Appeal and The Student Rights and Responsibility policies.

5.5.1 The Office of The Registrar is the Academic Integrity Officer and is responsible for tracking incidents of Academic Misconduct

UPDATED: JUNE 21 -2019