Academic Integrity Hub at UBC Vancouver

Supporting students and Faculties in the process.

The goals of the Academic Integrity Hub are to support students and faculty in the implementation of the academic misconduct regulation.

The Academic Integrity Hub will support the academic misconduct process by facilitating the diversionary process and integrity plans, will run a central education program around academic integrity standards and skills, and will support Faculties and students around academic integrity awareness and education at various stages.

The Academic Integrity Hub’s role is to shepherd the diversionary process and support awareness of the topic and of the process. It does not have decision-making power around outcomes included in the integrity plans or other matters and is acting as a process support and information resource.

The diversionary process pilot for UBC Vancouver will commence with the Faculty of Science (Winter Session 2022/2023, Term 1) and is applicable to eligible cases committed in courses offered by the Faculty of Science with the exception of Vantage sections of those courses which are handled by Vantage College. It is intended that further Faculties will be added through a staged rollout.

Mission


Awareness

Fostering awareness of academic
integrity across UBC.

Education

Working to educate the UBC community about academic integrity regulations.

Support

Supporting UBC students suspected of
academic misconduct.


Diversionary Process

The diversionary process is available when the student admits to having committed academic misconduct, the misconduct is not egregious, and it is the student’s first offence. A first offence means there is no previous academic misconduct record. Both Faculty and student need to agree to engage in the diversionary process.

If the Dean’s Office determines this option is appropriate, the diversion option will be made available to the student. This includes developing an integrity plan to respond to the academic misconduct with outcomes agreed upon by student and Faculty.

The student has the right to not sign the plan if they have concerns or if they disagree. Other options are available such as a written warning or a referral to PACSD. 

Referral from Faculty

The Academic Integrity Hub will receive referrals from the Faculty when Faculty and student have agreed to pursue the diversionary option. The referral includes the proposed conditions of the integrity plan.  

Meeting with the student

Following the referral, the Academic Integrity Hub will organize a meeting with the student. The Academic Integrity Hub will present the diversionary process to the student, answer any questions they may have, and review the terms proposed by the Faculty with them. As integrity plans are intended to be educative, the student may consider what would help them to better their understanding of academic integrity concepts or related skills.

Facilitation of the integrity plan

The Academic Integrity Hub will facilitate the integrity plan, acting as the intermediary between Faculty and student. This will include sharing the conditions determined by the Faculty and, potentially, other conditions proposed by the student to support their learning. The Academic Integrity Hub will facilitate the signature of the integrity plan.

Follow up

The Academic Integrity Hub will track completion of the outcomes of the integrity plans. They will liaise with the Faculties and PACSD to confirm completion or to signal if students have not satisfied the terms of the agreement within the deadline.

This is an educative website intended to support understanding of the topics and associated processes and does not constitute legal advice nor impose legal obligations on the University. The content of this site may be updated. The Academic Calendar is the official governing document, and where there is any inconsistency or contradiction between this educative website and the Academic Calendar provisions governing academic integrity and academic misconduct, the Academic Calendar governs.

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