Justice Institute of British Columbia ("JIBC") is dedicated to providing a high standard of service delivery to students and clients, consistent with JIBC mission, vision and values. JIBC expects academic integrity and ethical conduct in all work within its on-site, online and off-site learning settings. It makes clear the responsibility for JIBC staff and instructors to take all reasonable steps to instruct students regarding academic integrity and is intended to complement the Student Code of Conduct Policy which addresses matters regarding non-academic integrity.
Academic misconduct is treated seriously. Failure by students to maintain appropriate standards of academic conduct will result in the initiation of disciplinary action by JIBC. This policy defines types of academic misconduct, the process for reaching a finding of academic dishonesty, the consequences of such a finding, and the appeal process.
This policy is intended to apply to the students of all divisions with the following exceptions:
Academic integrity and ethical conduct is promoted and expected at JIBC. Students must learn to access, utilize and build on existing knowledge but must acknowledge such content in their own academic work. Clear attribution of the works of others is an essential part of academic scholarship. JIBC will investigate all allegations of academic misconduct and may apply penalties as appropriate, up to and including suspension from the program and/or institution.
This policy applies to student conduct at all JIBC campuses and learning sites and will apply to student conduct off-campus and online where the student is engaged in any activities that are part of JIBC course/program requirements. It will also apply to any situations where a student is representing JIBC in any manner.
Student Academic MisconductStudent Academic Misconduct means student or applicant dishonesty in any aspect of application, learning, evaluation or research, including but not limited to the following:
(a) Plagiarism, which includes, but is not limited to, presenting the ideas or works of another person as one’s own or using another person’s work without proper attribution. It includes submitting work done in whole or in part by another person and/or presenting another person’s ideas or theories in one’s own words, within academic work, without referencing the source, or failure to properly cite material from the internet.
(b) Cheating in examinations or assignments, which includes, but is not limited to, dishonest or attempted dishonest conduct at tests or examinations, such as copying or attempting to copy another person’s answer on an examination, bringing unauthorized materials into an examination, communicating with another person during an examination without permission, writing an examination or paper for another person or allowing another person to write an examination for oneself, or submitting a paper written by another person. It also includes unauthorized or unacknowledged collaboration on a take-home assignment and examination or project, submitting work prepared for one course as part of assignments for another course without the authorization of the instructor, and fabricating data for research projects including listing non-utilized sources in a bibliography.
(c) Educational Misconduct which includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized use of JIBC educational materials. It includes obtaining or viewing an assessment process or exam prior to its administration or providing unauthorized prior knowledge or viewing of examinations to another individual.
(d) Misrepresentation or Falsified Documents which includes, but is not limited to, providing fraudulent information or withholding pertinent information to obtain admission to any JIBC course or program; misrepresenting past academic records, transcripts or other documents required for admission and falsifying any academic record or credential, whether from JIBC or any other organization, agency, or post- secondary institution.
(e) Collusion which includes, but is not limited to aiding or abetting others in any attempted act of academic dishonesty. For distance and online courses this includes nominating an invigilator with false information and/or false credentials.
Disciplinary ProbationDisciplinary Probation is a formal disciplinary action by JIBC and becomes part of the student's official record. The student will receive a letter making clear a finding of misconduct, and stipulating the period of time for which he/she is on probation. It gives a strong warning to the student and provides an opportunity to clearly understand JIBC expectation, to learn from experience and to incorporate the experience into his/her overall development. It may include specific sanctions and/or restrictions for student access to JIBC facilities and services and may include other requirements such as a formal written apology, additional academic work and/or counselling. It will make clear that further violations under JIBC policy will result in further disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from JIBC.
Disciplinary SuspensionSuspension is a formal disciplinary action by JIBC and becomes part of the student's official record. The student is suspended from all academic and extracurricular activities at JIBC and may also be restricted from access to JIBC facilities - normally for a period of not less than one year. The student must reapply for admission at the end of the period of suspension and JIBC may stipulate additional requirements for readmission. Only the President has the authority to suspend.
(a) that the allegations, if true, do not constitute student academic misconduct under this Policy and decline to act on the Report; or
(b) that the matter should be addressed under another policy such as The Student Code of Conduct Policy or in another forum, and refer the Report to the appropriate person; or
(c) that the matter should be addressed under the Student Academic Integrity Policy. The Dean/Director will notify the person who made the Report of this decision.
(a) For actions involving Plagiarism or Cheating
(b) For actions involving Collusion, or Educational Misconduct
(c) For actions involving Misrepresentation or Fraudulent Documents
(a) a copy of the decision being appealed
(b) a statement from the student setting out the basis for the appeal, which must be one or more of the following:
(i) that there was procedural unfairness in the process before the Dean/Director or the Investigator
(ii) that the penalty imposed was inappropriate
(iii) that new evidence has emerged that was not available for the investigation and which casts significant doubt on the accuracy of the Dean/Director’s decision
(c) the resolution sought on the appeal
(d) any relevant information and supporting documentation
(e) contact information for the student
(a) uphold the decision of the Dean/Director;
(b) reverse the decision of the Dean/Director
(c) return the decision to the Dean/Director for reconsideration based on new evidence submitted by the Student or
(d) vary the discipline imposed by the Dean/Director.
(a) a copy of the President’s decision
(b) a copy of the Vice-President’s decision (if any)
(c) a copy of the Dean/Director’s decision (if any)
(d) the allegation(s) of procedural unfairness that the student relies on for the appeal
(e) the resolution sought on the appeal
(f) any relevant information, and supporting documentation
(g) contact information for the student
Last updated May 20, 2015
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