Cheating and Plagiarism

      • Capilano’s Cheating and Plagiarism Policy (S1999-01) is designed to promote an atmosphere of academic integrity on campus and respond appropriately to incidents of cheating and plagiarism.

        Though many instructors provide resources and information on cheating and plagiarism, the responsibility lies with students to ensure that they understand these terms and know how to avoid them. The policy defines them as follows:

        Cheating - an act of deceit, fraud, distortion of the truth, or improper use of another person's effort to obtain an academic advantage.

        Plagiarism - the presentation of another person's or source's words and/or ideas as if they were one’s own.  It ranges from an entire assignment which is not the student's own work to specific passages within an assignment taken from a source without appropriate acknowledgement.


        First and Minor Offences

        First offences that are not severe in nature are handled by instructors. If your instructor finds that you have plagiarized or cheated on a graded assessment, they sanction you as follows:

        • Grade of 0 on the assessment
        • Grade of “F” in the course

        In the event that you are sanctioned by an instructor, a record will be created in the Office of Student Affairs and held for a period of 5 years.


        Repeated and Major Offences

        In the event that previous incidents are identified after you have been sanctioned by an instructor, or the incident in question is deemed to be particularly severe, an investigation will be launched by the Office of Student Affairs. The outcome of such investigations may include sanctions such as:

        • Probation
        • Exclusion From A Course or Program
        • Refusal to Re-Enrol
        • Expulsion

          If you are the respondent in a Student Affairs investigation, we recommend visiting Information For Respondents.