Apprenticeship Handbook 2014/2015
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT (PROCEDURE AC.3.4.1)
SAIT Polytechnic is committed to academic integrity, which is based on five fundamental values honoured by faculty members and students: honesty, responsibility, trust, fairness and respect. Reasonable measures are taken to inform students of the standards of academic honesty. All members of the SAIT community share the responsibility and authority to address acts of academic misconduct.
Academic misconduct is the commission or attempted commission of any action which falsely indicates the student’s level of academic achievement. Any student who assists another student in the commission or attempted commission of academic dishonesty is also guilty of academic misconduct. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, acts of plagiarism and cheating.
Plagiarism occurs in situations where a student presents the work that has been done in part or in whole by another person as the student’s own work; presents the words, ideas, images or data of another person as the student’s own without reference to the original author or original source; presents work done for another course or program at SAIT or elsewhere without the instructor’s knowledge or prior approval; or presents work that in any way compromises the integrity of the evaluation process.
Cheating occurs in situations where a student uses unauthorized materials in examinations or other evaluations; communicates with other persons during an examination or other evaluation; falsifies data or documents; views other students’ work during an examination or other evaluation; or commits acts that in any way compromise the integrity of the evaluation process.
Consequences of academic misconduct depend on whether it is a first, second, or third academic misconduct offence. For a first offence, the student will receive a zero grade for the assignment/exam. For the second offence, the student will receive a zero [fail] grade for the course and a one-year suspension from the Institute. For a third offence, the student will receive a zero [fail] for the course and permanent expulsion from the Institute. A student who is guilty of academic misconduct will have the Letter(s) of Offence remain on his/her file for a period of seven (7) years.
A student who is expelled from SAIT Polytechnic as a result of academic misconduct will have this indicated indefinitely on his/her permanent record [transcript].
Non-Academic Misconduct behaviour that is subject to disciplinary action under this procedure includes violations of established civil and criminal laws, conduct that threatens the safety or well-being of members of the SAIT Polytechnic community, and/or any behaviour that adversely affects SAIT or its educational mission.
Acts of Non-Academic Misconduct Include:
- Intentionally or negligently disrupting any SAIT activity or SAIT Polytechnic sponsored activity, particularly learning activities.
- Use of force or threat of force against any person or his/her property.
- Sexual assault.
- Intentionally or negligently endangering the well-being or safety of self or others.
- Harassment in any form (spoken, written, graphical, etc.).
- Discrimination (including discrimination on the basis of place of origin, race, colour, religion, or gender).
- Unauthorized entry into SAIT facilities.
- Unauthorized use of or misuse of SAIT property, including computers and data and voice communications networks (see policy/procedure AC.2.7.1 Information Services User Code).
- Use, possession or storage of a weapon or dangerous substance (including but not limited to chemicals, fireworks, flammable gas or explosives) on SAIT premises, whether or not a license has been issued to the possessor.
- Illegal possession or distribution of alcohol, narcotics or other mind-altering drugs on SAIT property or among members of the SAIT community.
- Being under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or drugs that interrupt the normal business of SAIT.
- Theft of SAIT services or property, or failure to speak up concerning information about such theft.
- Possession of stolen property.
- Intentional or careless damage to SAIT property or the property of others.
- Violation by a student of any ethical codes governing the related profession, particularly during clinical courses, practicums, or directed field studies.
- Violations of civil or criminal statutes or applicable laws, court orders or orders of any administrative tribunals having jurisdiction.
- Willful failure or refusal to appear before any designated SAIT official(s) and/or failure to comply with directives from SAIT officials.
- Violating the terms of this Student Code of Conduct.
- Disorderly conduct on SAIT premises or at SAIT activities.
Consequences for Non-Academic Misconduct fall into two categories: minor consequences and major consequences. Minor consequences include warning/admonition, community service, restitution, probation, restriction of privileges, and notation. Major consequences include suspension and expulsion. Consequences are defined in more detail in SAIT Polytechnic’s Policy AC.3.4.1 Student Code of Conduct Appendix B.
Factors that SAIT may consider when choosing an appropriate consequence include, but are not limited to, whether there has been a previous finding of academic or non-academic misconduct with respect to the student; the severity of the misconduct; multiple allegations of misconduct; personal circumstances of the student; and court decisions related to the same case.
Either a major or minor consequence may be appropriate if there has been a previous finding of misconduct or if there are currently multiple allegations of misconduct, depending on the factors set out above and other relevant circumstances. A major consequence is most often appropriate where the misconduct is grievous or repeated and, in particular, in cases of physical or sexual aggression.
Any attempt to commit Non-Academic Misconduct will bear the same consequence as if the act occurred. A student who assists another student in an act or an attempted act of Non-Academic Misconduct will also be considered to have committed an offence.
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