All incidents of suspected academic misconduct must be reported to the Dean's Office in the Faculty of Gradaute and Postdoctoral Studies. There may be prior instances of misconduct on record at Grad Studies that should be taken into account when determining an appropriate course of action. See UBC Calendar / Academic Misconduct / Investigation by the Dean's Office, 4.1. For graduate students registered in programs in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, "Dean's Office" means the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
The complete text of the Calendar policy is below.
Students are responsible for informing themselves of the guidelines of acceptable and non-acceptable conduct for graded assignments established by their instructors for specific courses and of the examples of academic misconduct set out below.
Academic misconduct that is subject to disciplinary measures includes, but is not limited to, engaging in, attempting to engage in, or assisting others to engage, in any of the actions described below.
- Cheating, which may include, but is not limited to:
a. falsification of any material subject to academic evaluation, including research data;
b. use of or participation in unauthorized collaborative work;
c. use or possession in an examination of any materials (including devices) other than those permitted by the examiner;
d. use, possession, or facilitation of unauthorized means to complete an examination (e.g., receiving unauthorized assistance from another person, or providing that assistance); and
e. dishonest practices that breach rules governing examinations or submissions for academic evaluation (UBC Calendar: Student Conduct During Examinations).
- Plagiarism, which is intellectual theft, occurs where an individual submits or presents the oral or written work of another person as his or her own. 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 submitted 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 any assignments.
- Submitting the same, or substantially the same, essay, presentation, or assignment more than once (whether the earlier submission was at this or another institution) unless prior approval has been obtained from the instructor(s) to whom the assignment is to be submitted.
- Impersonating a candidate at an examination or other evaluation, facilitating the impersonation of a candidate, or availing oneself of the results of an impersonation.
- Submitting false records or information, orally or in writing, or failing to provide relevant information when requested.
- Falsifying or submitting false documents, transcripts, or other academic credentials.
- Failing to comply with any disciplinary measure imposed for academic misconduct.