Values, Collaboration, and Dishonesty FAQs

1) What is the difference between collaboration and plagiarism?
2) Plagiarism seems pretty subjective. How does CASB know if a student has submitted someone else's work as their own?
3) If another student copies my work, why should I be penalized for enabling plagiarism?
4) Isn't ethical behaviour and professionalism just common sense?
5) What is the process if a student is accused of dishonesty in the CASB program?
6) What are the penalties for students found guilty of dishonesty in the CASB program?
7) Does CASB really find and penalize students who plagiarize?

1) What is the difference between collaboration and plagiarism?
Collaboration is the process used in learning how to get an answer, but it does not extend to composing an answer. Collaboration is encouraged in the CASB program because it can help ensure that students have a deeper understanding of module material through active knowledge sharing, such as a discussion of the topics, sharing of ideas and research resources.

Plagiarism is when a student submits someone else's work as their own. This can take many forms, such as copying the answer(s) of another or former student's submission, or copying answers from other sources, such as websites or textbooks.

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2) Plagiarism seems pretty subjective. How does CASB know if a student has submitted someone else's work as their own?
When a case of plagiarism is suspected, CASB investigators carefully compare student submissions, looking for substantially similar word or number choices, phrasing, logical argument flow and/or formatting. CASB uses a software program that examines documents for text portions that have matching words and phrases and generates reports identifying substantially similar task submissions.

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3) If another student copies my work, why should I be penalized for enabling plagiarism?
Enabling plagiarism is a breach of CA values. When CA students allow other students to plagiarize their work, such as providing a copy of a previous task submission, this is equivalent to condoning cheating.

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4) Isn't ethical behaviour and professionalism just common sense?
The core CA values of integrity and trust are hallmarks of the profession's reputation. CA students are expected to conduct themselves as professionals, which makes them accountable to an entire profession - including their peers, employers, facilitators, and other CAs.

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5) What is the process if a student is accused of dishonesty in the CASB program?
If dishonesty is suspected during the online portion of a module, module facilitators inform the module lead facilitator. If dishonesty is suspected during a module's evaluation, evaluation invigilators inform the evaluation centre presiding officer. In both cases, a report of the incident is prepared and the module lead facilitator or evaluation centre presiding officer determines what actions to take.

This may include:

  • No further action
  • Informal discussion between facilitator and student
  • A warning letter to the student
  • A formal investigation by the director of learning

A formal investigation includes gathering all materials related to the alleged act of dishonesty, interviewing the student(s) involved, and obtaining any required independent advice from technical experts.

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6) What are the penalties for students found guilty of dishonesty in the CASB program?
A student found guilty of dishonesty in the CASB program faces significant penalties that may include:

  • A $500 fine;
  • A requirement to repeat a module;
  • A letter of reprimand in the student's official file;
  • A letter to the student's employer, which can lead to termination of employment;
  • A six-month suspension;
  • A six-month addition to the required term of service; and/or
  • A complaint to the provincial institute professional conduct committee, which can lead to expulsion from the profession.

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7) Does CASB really find and penalize students who plagiarize?
Yes. CASB is serious about prosecuting students who engage in any dishonest behaviour.

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