A06: Academic dishonesty - plagiarism
Policy #: A06
Responsible authority: Academic Standards and Learning Development
Approval authority: Canadian Police College Executive Director
Approval date: Spring 2016
In all courses of study, CPC insists on academic integrity. Academic work submitted by a participant is evaluated on the assumption that the work presented by the participant is his or her own, unless designated otherwise. Adherence to standards of academic honesty is a core value of the learning process at the CPC.
Plagiarism, whether done deliberately or accidentally, is defined as presenting someone else's work, in whole or in part, as one's own, and includes the verbal or written submission of another one's work (i.e. ideas, wording, code, graphics, music, or inventions) without crediting that source. This includes all electronic sources (i.e. the Internet, television, video, film, and recordings), all print and written sources (i.e. books, periodicals, lyrics, government publications, promotional materials, and academic assignments), and all verbal sources (i.e. conversations and interviews). The facilitation of plagiarism, that is, one person sharing his/her work with another participant(s), is also considered an act of plagiarism.
- Participants who commit plagiarism, an act of academic dishonesty, will be subject to
disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will take the form of an academic sanction(s) and will
reflect the severity of the offense committed. Refer to Participant code of conduct Directive (A10).
- Each individual with an identified role in a group assignment will be held responsible for that
role with respect to plagiarism.
- Participants are subject to the policies and procedures outlined in this Directive regardless of whether they sign the declaration.
- The College will investigate all reported incidents of plagiarism.
- Whether plagiarism is deliberate or unintentional, the college will impose sanctions reflecting the circumstances of the incident.
- The Director Police Sciences Training or delegate will oversee the application of the sanctions concerning plagiarism and the Registrar will maintain a record of participants who have committed plagiarism and the sanctions imposed.
- Any academic sanction is to be kept electronically on the participant's record. Records will be held intact for one year as per Policy following the participant's last academic activity. Any appeal will be considered on its merit.
Procedures, roles and responsibilities
- The course instructor, or other College staff, when observing or becoming aware of an incident of plagiarism will:
- Inform the participant(s) of his or her observations upon discovery and where possible, confiscate the assignment or project along with any related evidence.
- Investigate the incident
- Discuss the incident with the participant(s), within one (1) working day
- a failure to correctly document sources borne of inadequate understanding of citation; or
- a failure to correctly document sources despite adequate instruction regardless of whether the plagiarism was deliberate or unintentional; to assess the situation and to determine whether or not it is part of learning to properly reference material.
- The Course instructor, shall only resort to filing a Plagerism Incident Report form from incidents relating to failure to correctly document sources if:
- The participant has received adequate instruction on expectations regarding documentation of sources
- The participant has been provided with sufficient opportunity to demonstrate this skill and has received feedback
- The discrepancy between the expected standard and the participant's performance is significant or the participant's actions demonstrates a reckless or willful disregard for the previous instruction
- Academic sanctions may include one or more of the following:
- requirement that the participant complete the course on academic integrity
- requirement that the participant resubmit the assignment
- assigning the participant the grade of F for the course and be removed from the course and return to the employer.
Academic appeal – A08
Participant code of conduct – A10
Appendix A - Plagiarism incident reporting form
To be completed by the Course Instructor
Directive A10 - Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else's work, in whole or in part, as one's own, and includes the verbal or written submission of another work without crediting that source. The completed Plagiarism Incident Reporting Form is to be kept on the participant's file in the Registrar's Office.
Date of incident:____________
Name of participant(s): ____________
Participant(s) email address: ____________
Name of course instructor:____________
Description of plagiarism incident:____________
Course instructor signature: ____________
Participant's comments :____________
Participant (s) signature: ____________
Director police sciences training signature:____________
Faculty manager Signature:____________
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