Academic Integrity: What is It and Why We Care

At CPAWSB, we take academic integrity seriously. Why? There is a link between academic integrity and professional integrity. Someone who is willing to take a shortcut while preparing an assignment may be more likely to compromise ethical standards as a professional. And preparing accounting professionals is what we do.

CPAWSB investigates all suspected violations of academic integrity, and when we confirm a suspected case, the penalties can be harsh, including being suspended or expelled from the program or course. We consider violations to include:

  • Submitting another student or candidate’s work as your own;
  • Copying solutions for assignments or revisions;
  • Sharing your work with others (including electronic files);
  • Including the words, ideas, work, or data of another person without reference to the original author or source;
  • Pasting unreasonably long quotes or extracts from other sources, even when properly cited;
  • Theft of someone else’s work; and
  • Unethical behaviour, such as lying or cheating.

In CPA preparatory courses and ACAF, submitting work completed for another course or program without the knowledge or approval of the marker is also considered a violation of academic integrity and an investigation can look into work submitted during current or previous course sessions.
How can you avoid violating the profession’s academic integrity policies? They are published in the Harmonized Education Policies for CPA PEP, CPA preparatory courses, and ACAF, so be sure to read those. CPAWSB has published information about academic integrity for candidates and students. But most importantly, do your own work and do NOT share your files or course work with others.

We will be posting more about academic integrity soon, including summaries of past investigations and tips on successful collaboration and group work.

ACAF and CPA preparatory course students with questions about academic integrity should email online.adminprep@cpawsb.ca. CPA PEP candidates should contact outreach@cpawsb.ca.