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What is Academic Integrity?

Alexander College is committed to maintaining the highest level of academic integrity as an educational institution providing university preparation and transfer courses recognized by other institutions. Students, faculty, and staff share the responsibility to be aware of and comply with academic integrity policies, procedures, and deadlines which are in effect at the College. For more information, please refer to the Academic Calendar and other publications.

According to the International Centre for Academic Integrity (2021), academic integrity is comprised of six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. All members of Alexander College must commit to and practice these six fundamental values in all academic settings and services.

Students can practice academic integrity by:

  • Doing their own work.
  • Being honest with their own work and skill level.
  • Giving credit to other people’s work and ideas by using citations.
  • Practicing the knowledge and skills they learn from class.

The College expects that instructors will uphold academic integrity by:

  • Evaluating the work of students in a fair manner.
  • Giving appropriate recognition, including authorship, to those who have made an intellectual contribution to the contents of presentations or publications, and only those people.
  • Obtaining the permission of the author before using new information, concepts or data originally obtained through access to confidential manuscripts.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic Dishonesty that subjects students 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:

  • Plagiarism
    • Plagiarism occurs when an individual submits or presents the work of another person as their own. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
      • Using another person’s words, ideas, theories, charts, photographs, etc. without providing citations.
      • Using any statistics, facts, opinions, research, etc. without providing citations.
      • Incorrectly quoting another person’s words and ideas.
      • Incorrectly paraphrasing another person’s words and ideas.
      • Changing data or research or in any way misrepresenting research.
      • Failure to properly use in-text citations, references, and citation styles.
      • Submitting any work that was done by another person (e.g., contract cheating, papermills, copying and pasting, unethical tutoring, etc.)
      • Re-submitting the same essay, presentation, or assignment done previously or for another course (i.e., self-plagiarism).
  • Cheating
    • Failure to comply with Alexander College Exam Rules.
    • Failure to comply with instructors’ specific Exam Rules.
    • Impersonating a candidate during an examination or other academic evaluations.
  • Falsifying records, documents, or information.

For more information on academic dishonesty, consult the Writing & Learning Centre, the Library, or the Office of the Registrar.

Disciplinary measures that may be imposed, individually or in combination, for Academic Misconduct include:

  • A letter of reprimand.
  • Notation of discipline on the student’s record.
  • A failing grade or mark of zero in the course.
  • Cancellation of any scholarships, bursaries, or prizes.
  • Suspension from the College for a specified or indefinite period of time.
  • Revocation of a degree or other academic credentials dishonestly or improperly obtained.
  • Expulsion from the College.

Questions regarding these matters may be directed to the student’s Instructor, the Writing & Learning Centre, Student Advocacy, or the Office of the Registrar.

What is an Academic Alert?

An Academic Alert is filed when instructors suspect a case of plagiarism or cheating. At Alexander College, there are two types of Academic Alerts. A standard Academic Alert is filed when it is a case of intentional plagiarism or cheating. A Type II Academic Alert is filed when it is a case of unintentional plagiarism or cheating.

Instructors will notify students via Canvas and are required to meet with students to discuss why they are filing an Academic Alert. It is strongly recommended for students to attend these meetings to learn about each other’s reasons and perspectives.

What happens if I receive an Academic Alert?

First Academic Alert

When you receive your first Academic Alert, you will receive a zero on your assignment or exam. You will also be required to attend a Remediation Workshop where you will learn about academic integrity, citation skills, and the resources that are available to all students at Alexander College.

Second Academic Alert

When you received your second Academic Alert, you will receive a zero on your assignment or exam. You will also be suspended for one full term. If you are suspended, you may wish to contact an Academic Advisor to discuss your eligibility for UPRE courses and evaluate your academic goals for the term following your academic suspension.

Third Academic Alert

When you receive your third Academic Alert, you will receive a zero on your assignment or exam. You will also be contacted by Student Advocacy and the Academic Committee regarding your expulsion from the College.

If you are an international student, facing suspension or expulsion can also affect your student visa status. You may also want to contact Immigrants, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with regards to your student visa.

What happens if I disagree with an Academic Alert?

Alexander College believes in the principles of natural justice and student self-advocacy. Therefore, students can contact the Office of Student Advocacy if they wish to appeal their Academic Alert.

Each student has 10 calendar days to appeal their Academic Alert. Students are required to attend a Remediation Workshop even if they intend to submit an appeal. More information regarding the academic appeal process can be found on our website here.

Please note that only students who received standard Academic Alerts can appeal. Students with Type II Academic Alerts do not get to appeal because Type II Academic Alerts do not stay on students’ records.

What happens when I receive a Type II Academic Alert?

Starting from Winter 2019, Alexander College has introduced Type II Academic Alerts to give students who committed minor academic offences an opportunity to understand and learn from their errors.

Type II Academic Alerts are less serious Academic Alerts. Type II Academic Alerts are granted by the Academic Integrity Officer after careful examination of the evidence and discussion with the instructor and/or the Director of Student Affairs.

When you receive a Type II Academic Alert, you will get a grade reduction of the instructor’s choice on your assignment or exam. You will also be required to attend a Remediation Workshop.

What is a Remediation Workshop?

The Remediation Workshop is a learning opportunity for students to learn about academic integrity and citation styles. When students receive their first Academic Alert or whenever they receive a Type II Academic Alert, they are required to attend and complete a Remediation Workshop, offered by the Writing and Learning Centre.

If you are required to attend a Remediation Workshop, you will receive an email notification from the Academic Integrity Officer with more information. Please read the email carefully and ask your instructors, the Writing and Learning Centre, an Academic or Enrollment Advisor if there are any questions.

If students do not register or show up for a Remediation Workshop before the deadline mentioned in the email notification, they will face the following consequences:

  • A Registrar’s hold will be placed on the student’s account and the student will be prohibited from course registration and ordering official documents, such as transcripts.
  • A student may be considered for suspension or expulsion, depending on their record of prior Academic Alerts.

Oral Re-Examination

Instructors who suspect their students of cheating in assignments and exams, specifically in cases where students demonstrate higher results in final exams in comparison to previously submitted work in the course, should schedule a follow-up oral assessment with their students prior to issuing an Academic Alert.

Students who are unable to demonstrate the ability to competently replicate their answers orally will be determined to have committed an academic misconduct infraction. Following this, an instructors may file an academic alert.

Instructors may also issue an academic alert to students who fail to respond for a follow-up assessment. Should a student file an academic appeal, the instructor will be required to assist Student Advocacy by scheduling and conducting the oral assessment.

Academic Alert Evidence Viewing

Students who have received standard academic alerts can request to book an in-person appointment with the Academic Integrity Officer to view the evidence filed for their academic alerts. Students can expect to view the Academic Alert evidence within approximately 1-7 business days of their application being received.

The purpose of the viewing process is to help students understand why they have received an academic alert and what the next steps are. The Academic Alert viewing process is not a pathway for students to have their academic alert removed.

The Academic Integrity Officer will set up a meeting with students using the email address and/or the phone number provided in the Academic Alert Evidence Viewing Request Form.

When viewing the Academic Alert Evidence, students should:

  • Present student ID to the Academic Integrity Officer
  • Arrive no later than 5 minutes into the appointment

Academic Alert Evidence Viewing Request Form

Academic Integrity FAQ