One of the core values of Trinity Western University is the integration of high standards of personal, moral, and spiritual integrity with academic excellence. As such, the University considers it a serious offence when an individual knowingly acts, or fails to act, in a manner to gain unearned academic credit. It is the student’s responsibility to inform him or herself as to what constitutes academic misconduct, and to address any questions to the individual professors with whom he or she is dealing. It is the instructor’s responsibility to confront any student who, in the instructor’s judgment, has committed an act of academic misconduct. The penalty for an act of academic misconduct will be assigned according to procedures listed below. The University does not record acts of academic misconduct on student transcripts, but does keep a permanent record of such acts for internal purposes.
Definition of Terms
Academic Misconduct: to act in a manner in order to gain unearned academic credit. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
Plagiarism (see below);
Cheating on examinations, tests, etc,;
Falsifying labs results;
Impersonating another student in an examination, test, etc.;
Falsifying or misrepresenting information on academic records or official documents;
Submitting the same or substantially the same work for credit in more than one course, without faculty permission (whether the earlier submission was at TWU or another institution);
Aiding or abetting another student’s academic dishonesty.
Plagiarism: “plagiarism (from a Latin word for ‘kidnapper’) is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or words as your own.” (The Little, Brown Handbook, 2nd Can. Ed. 555).
Knowingly: if the person ought reasonably to have known.