Faculty Quickstart


What is the basic information I need to tell my students about academic integrity?

It is recommended that instructors clearly define what academic integrity looks like in their discipline/course. A syllabus statement that you discuss in class is a useful way to do this. Tell your students why academic integrity matters, what working with integrity looks like, provide examples of what breaches of academic integrity look like, communicate how cases of suspected misconduct will be addressed, and include information and resources.

How do I design my course to reward integrity?

Ideally, academic integrity is integrated into course and assignment design. Be clear about how each aspect of the course should be done to meet the standards for academic integrity. Consider making academic integrity a course learning outcome and teaching academic integrity concepts through a course activity such as a quiz.

What is considered academic misconduct at UBC? 

Academic misconduct (also known as academic dishonesty) includes, but is not limited to, engaging in, attempting to engage in, or assisting others to engage, in cheating, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, impersonation or the facilitation of it, submission of false records or information or failing to provide relevant information when requested or failing to comply with any disciplinary measure imposed for academic misconduct. For further examples, refer to the Academic Calendars, “Discipline for Academic Misconduct”, 2. Academic Misconduct (Vancouver/Okanagan).  

I have a suspected case of academic misconduct in my class. What do I do?

Instructors play a key role in the academic misconduct process. When there is suspicion of academic misconduct, an instructor should review the matter as soon as possible. Instructors must report all cases of academic misconduct that occur in their courses. Reporting is done in accordance with Faculty procedures which may require that they first report to their department, program office, or equivalent. If instructors are not aware of Faculty procedures, they should reach out to the contact for academic misconduct in their Faculty or ask their Department Head or Associate Head.

Accurate and timely reporting from instructors is key to building a stronger culture of academic integrity at UBC.

The Regulation and Process page outlines the process and best practices.  

Do I have to report minor cases of misconduct?  

Reporting keeps things fair for everyone. According to the Academic Calendars, anything deemed academic misconduct must be reported (Academic Calendars, 4.1). The decision is not whether to report academic misconduct or not, the instructor’s role is to determine whether a certain incident constitutes academic misconduct or not. Instructors are, given the incident occurred within their course, the best suited to make the initial determination. Should an instructor need help or advice around the thresholds between learning moments and academic misconduct, they should contact their Department.  

I have become aware that material from my course has been loaded onto non-UBC websites without my authorisation or approval. What can I do about this?

Some UBC instructors have become aware of their lecture notes, slides, tests and other classroom content being posted to external websites that claim to be study aids for students. Prominent among these sites is Course Hero. Material posted to Course Hero without authorization is an infringement of copyright. UBC policy clearly states that content created by instructors is the intellectual property of the individual. It is therefore the right and responsibility of instructors to monitor their copyrights.

Where material found on the website has been posted by a student, he or she may be in violation of article 4.2.2 of the Discipline for Non-Academic Misconduct: Student Code of Conduct policy.

In the United States the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requires that hosting websites remove infringing content from the site upon notification from the copyright owner (or their agent). Notification must contain specific information about the content, the owner and the presence of the content on the site. To assist UBC instructors who believe their content has been posted without authorization, we offer the following DMCA Takedown Notice (docx). Instructors need to make sure that they are indeed the owners of the copyrighted materials they are requesting be taken down.

Source: UBC Copyright website, Faculty FAQ (2.19)