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As an educational institution providing academic preparation and university transfer courses recognized by other academic institutions, Alexander College is committed to maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity in all our courses. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with policies, procedures, and deadlines which are in effect at Alexander College. This information is printed in the Academic Calendar and other publications.

Academic Misconduct that is subject to penalty includes, but is not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, submitting the same or substantially the same essay, presentation, or assignment more than once, impersonating a candidate, submitting false records or information, falsifying or submitting false documents, attempting to engage in, or assisting others to engage in academic misconduct, etc. For more information about how to avoid academic misconduct, consult the Writing & Learning Centre, Librarians, or the Registrar’s Office.

Disciplinary measures that may be imposed, singly 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, suspension or 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 and/or expulsion from the College.

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

What does an Academic Alert mean?

When your instructor finds plagiarism in your assignment or sees any exam rules infractions, they will notify you via Canvas with the justifications for filing the alert.

An Academic Alert means you will receive 0 on the assignment or the exam in question.

For some courses, passing the final exam is required. If you receive an Academic Alert for your final exam, this could mean failing the course. For other courses, an Academic Alert can seriously affect your course grade and overall GPA.

You may meet with your instructor to learn more about their reasons. But if you disagree with their assessment, see the information about the academic appeal process below.

What happens if I received my first Academic Alert?

You will receive a second notification from the Writing & Learning Centre Supervisor with instructions on what to do. Don’t ignore the notification. Read the email carefully. If you don’t understand, talk to your instructor. Ask the Writing & Learning Centre. Or speak with one of our Academic or Enrolment Advisors.

You are required to attend a remediation workshop to avoid suspension. Please register before the deadline in your email. Contact the Writing & Learning Centre Supervisor to register.

If you do not register or show up for the Remediation Workshop, you will be suspended for one full term, which means you cannot register for or take courses. It may have serious consequences on your student visa.

What happens if this is my second Academic Alert?

You will be given 10 calendar days to respond to the Academic Alert before you are officially suspended for one full term. You can start by speaking with your instructor and providing proof or justification that you did not plagiarize or cheat. 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.

If you are suspended for the semester, this can affect your visa status. You may also want to contact Immigrants, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with regards to your student visa.

What happens if this is my third Academic Alert?

You will be contacted by Student Advocacy and the Academic Committee regarding your expulsion from the college.

What happens if I disagree with the Academic Alert?

If you wish to appeal the alert, you must do so within 10 calendar days of receiving the notification from the Writing & Learning Centre. Please visit the Student Advocacy page to learn about the academic appeal process.

You must complete an academic appeal form and submit evidence to contest the alert. Please submit your form to the correct campus where you took the course, or it would result in delay in processing your appeal.

What are Type II Academic Alerts?

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 alerts are less serious Academic Alerts as deemed by the Writing Centre Supervisor after careful examination of the evidence and discussion with Director of Student Affairs and/or the instructor.

If you receive a Type II alert, you are required to attend a remediation workshop. A Type II alert cannot be appealed as it does not go on your student record and does not affect your academic standing.

If you do not attend the remediation workshop, the Type II alert will be reverted to a Standard Academic Alert that carries the penalties, with suspension and expulsion as possible consequences.

Oral Re-Examination :

Instructors who suspect their students of cheating in assignments and exams, specifically in cases when 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 and 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.