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.


Procedures for dealing with acts of academic misconduct – Overview

Academic misconduct normally results in a confidential notation of academic discipline on the student’s record in the University Academic Misconduct database. The notation does not appear on the student’s transcript. Related disciplinary measures are staged, with second or subsequent infractions resulting in more severe consequences.  The student is expected to take responsibility to learn about the nature, significance, and consequences of academic misconduct. The instructor is expected to emphasize student education and support. Examples of staged disciplinary measures include:

  1. Requirement to re-do the assignment or examination
  2. A reduced grade, or grade of zero, on the related assignment or examination
  3. Failing the course
  4. Suspension from the program for a specified time
  5. During the period of suspension, the student will not receive credit at TWU for courses taken at another institution during the suspension
  6. Expulsion from the university
  7. Revocation of a degree or credentials dishonestly or improperly obtained

See the policy specifics for Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students.