Academic integrity plays a key role in the University's efforts to maintain a high standard of academic excellence. Students registered at the University of Regina are expected to behave responsibly and with propriety and are expected to abide by the policies and regulations of the University of Regina. When students fail to meet these expectations, the University reserves the right, under the University of Regina Act, to take whatever action it deems warranted by students' misconduct.
Unless otherwise stated by the instructor, all course work (e.g., assignments, projects, etc.) may not be the product of a group or joint effort. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the course instructor before submitting any work that was produced in collaboration with another person, even if the student feels that this collaboration is within the accepted guidelines of academic integrity. While it is understood that students may get help from instructors or other students on how to work through a problem, the work submitted by each student must be uniquely authored by that student. Students who wish to use all or part of their project or assignment work from another course must first obtain the permission of the instructor. This requirement also pertains to course work from another department or from another educational institution.
The Department of Computer Science is determined to maintain a high standard of academic integrity. Students are warned that all acts of intellectual dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action by the Dean of the student's faculty and that serious infractions will be referred to the President of the University for further sanctions.
The University will concern itself with misconduct including - but not limited to - the following examples:
1. Academic Misconduct
- Representing as your own work, work done in whole or in part by any other person, even if that person is not in the course or is not a student at the University of Regina.
- Failure to take reasonable measures to protect your assignment results from use by other students.
- Failure to report immediately to the instructor or the department head any incident involving the loss or theft of course work, or the unauthorized use of your computer account.
- Allowing your computer account to be used by another person.
- Using your computer account for commercial purposes.
- The unauthorized sharing of material (e.g., textbook) by two or more students during an "open book" examination.
- The use of textbooks, course notes, or any aids not approved by the instructor during a "closed book" examination.
- Failure to take reasonable measures to protect your answers from use by other students in an examination.
- Stealing or destroying the work of another student.
2. Disruption of Instructional Activities
This includes student conduct which makes it difficult or impossible to proceed with scheduled lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, discussion group meetings, and related activities, and with examinations, tests, or use of library facilities.
3. Damage to Property and Assaults on Individuals
This includes student conduct which leads to damage to or theft of University property or the personal property of members of faculty and staff, or of fellow students. It also includes assaults on any member of the University community.
4. Disciplinary Measures
Section 33 of the University of Regina Act gives Senate the power to make regulations respecting the discipline of students. These power, by tradition, have been delegated to the Council.
5. Rules for Operation of Discipline Committee
1) The Council Discipline Committee, subject to an appeal under Section 33(1)(e) and (f) and 78(1)(c) of the University of Regina Act, has the authority to impose fines, to levy assessments for damage done to property, to inflict the penalties of admonition and suspension, and to use all other appropriate means of discipline. In cases where the penalty, the Council Discipline Committee shall report its decision to the Council.
2) The president of the University has the power to exclude any student from the University and its campus until the next meeting of the Council Discipline Committee. This meeting shall be held as soon after such exclusion as possible, and the facts of the case shall be laid before the committee for its adjudication.
3) Suspension is defined as a separation from the University for a fixed period of time. Dismissal closes a student's connection with the University without necessarily precluding her or his return.
4) In accordance with the rules of natural justice, students have the right to a fair hearing before the committee. This includes the right to be notified of hearing, the right to present arguments, and the right to question the dean of a faculty or other complainant.
Students have the right to appeal decisions of misconduct, made by a faculty as described above, to the Council Discipline Committee. Decisions of the Council and its Discipline Committee are subject to further appeal to the Senate Appeals Committee under Section 33 of the University of Regina Act.