Academic Integrity Issues


All members of CUPE3911 might have to potentially deal with matters of academic integrity. This is a very complicated issue because it is hard to prove, technologies have made its definition and detection more complicated and difficult, and its occurrence has potentially very serious consequences for all parties.   





Academic integrity includes plagiarism, cheating, collusion or any of several other actions that are outlined in the academic integrity policy of Athabasca University (available on-line).  There have been many instances of suspected academic integrity violations at the University.  It is not rare. 


Your Responsibility

As a tutor, you need to identify what you think are likely instances and obtain whatever evidence you can.  Be sure to consult with your coordinator/supervisor before confronting the student or students.  Be sure to take notes about the consultation and proposed actions.



Resources will vary depending on what you are teaching, your Faculty, and perhaps even your coordinator.  Remember that whatever resources you use to determine whether misconduct has occurred will become matters of record for the investigation, any hearings or appeals.  Before accessing resources it would be a good idea to appropriately consult.


Implications Stemming from Academic Integrity Misconduct

Investigation of potential infractions will take time (find out if you will be paid) and might be stressful.  Students found guilty might fail the course or have more serious consequences.  It is possible that some consequences could be life-altering for some students.  Students’ rights in the matter means that due process and fair treatment under the law is expected.  You will be involved in quasi-judicial procedures for an indefinite time while the matter is being resolved. There will likely be some demands on your time and some demands for opinions while the process is occurring.

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