Academic Misconduct Regulation

All about the academic misconduct review process.

UBC is committed to maintaining a culture of academic integrity from teaching students about academic integrity standards to providing educative responses to academic misconduct where possible.

This means supporting instructors to teach academic integrity in their courses and responding in a way that will educate students if it is breached.

Information about expectations of academic integrity and the process to follow for an allegation of academic misconduct are outlined in “Discipline for Academic Misconduct” in the Academic Calendars (Vancouver and Okanagan).

Academic Misconduct Review Process

For Students

Academic misconduct allegations can be stressful. Check out information for students about the process and other useful resources. 

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For Faculty

Faculty members play an important role during the academic misconduct process. This includes prevention, detection, reviewing, and reporting. 

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Types of Misconduct

Some academic misconduct is obvious, and other types are less obvious. We have some details to clear things up.

Key Terms

Warning letter

A warning letter may be issued by a Dean’s Office to a student as a response to an allegation of academic misconduct. A warning letter is part of a student’s academic misconduct record.

Diversionary Process

The diversionary process is an additional pathway available to respond to academic misconduct when the student admits to having committed academic misconduct and it is the student’s first offense (no previous record of academic misconduct). Both Faculty and student need to agree to engage in the diversionary process. The diversionary process is designed to be a flexible and education process that allows Faculties to tailor responses to cases of academic misconduct.

Integrity Plan

An Integrity Plan is a course of action that must be agreed upon by both the student and Faculty and outlines the Faculty’s response to an allegation of academic misconduct. An Integrity Plan is an intergral part of the diversionary process and must be entered into voluntarily by both Faculty and student. The full list of possible outcomes at the level of the Integrity Plan may be found in the Academic Calendars. An Integrity Plan is part of a student’s academic misconduct record.


The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline (sometimes referred to as the “President’s Committee”) advises the President around matters of academic discipline. There is one Committee for each UBC campus.

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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