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In the May 2023 issue...

At UBC, everyone has a part in building and supporting the shared value of academic integrity: students, instructors, and the university as a whole. This issue of the Academic Integrity Digest focuses on the roles and responsibilities of students when it comes to academic integrity and resources for students to support, promote and uphold academic integrity at UBC.

An educative approach to academic integrity ensures that resources are available for students and instructors to teach and learn about academic integrity. It is also about moving beyond a confrontational dynamic between faculty members and students, towards one that supports students in their learning about academic integrity, develops institutional awareness around academic integrity supports and provides timely access to resources related to academic misconduct regulations.

A new diversionary process, introduced into the university’s Academic Calendar in September 2022, provides an educative avenue to address certain misconduct cases, through the introduction of Integrity Plans–a set of agreed upon outcomes and a plan of action between student and Faculty. This new option is currently being implemented on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Students have many roles and responsibilities in academic integrity: learners, advocates, peer facilitators and contributors. Recently, on the Vancouver campus, a group of five undergraduate students from INFO 300 (Information and Data) worked alongside the Academic Integrity Hub to review the design lifecycle process of the academic integrity website, provided recommendations on how to improve student user experience, and designed lo-fi and mid-fi prototypes to present their recommendations. On the Okanagan campus, students took part in an awareness campaign by providing their views on academic integrity and raising awareness through sharing Valentine's cards with peers, acknowledging and thanking them for their integrity. Learn more about these experiences in the Profiles section of this issue, where we showcase students as active partners in academic integrity.

This issue also features partners in academic integrity through an editorial from the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students, and a spotlight on resources to support student success.


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Editorial: Academic integrity and the role of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students

Students who come to the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students are facing diverse sets of challenges in their university life, often compounded by personal circumstances. It is common for the office to get questions about academic integrity or how to navigate the academic misconduct process.

Shirley Nakata, Ombudsperson for Students, and Cindy Leonard, Ombuds Officer, UBC Okanagan, offer their insights for both students and faculty.

Read this issue's editorial



We are pleased to highlight a few examples of how students are serving as active partners in academic integrity.

Q & A with AMS Academic and University Affairs Office, 2022-2023 at UBC Vancouver: Advocating for academic integrity on campus

Read the interview

Academic Integrity Matters (AIM) Consultant UBC Okanagan: Providing peer support for academic integrity education

Read the interview

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Faculty question

Q: I have noticed that some students in my class are struggling with citations and referencing. Where can I find student-facing resources to help them?

A: Properly crediting the work of others is an integral aspect of academic integrity. If students require extra help with issues related to appropriate referencing and citations, there are many resources available. The Academic Integrity Website has a “Student Start” section where students can learn more about academic integrity, find learning modules, resources and support specifically about how to avoid plagiarism. They can also access information about the academic misconduct process. Some specific educational resources on each campus are highlighted below.

Visit the Academic Integrity Hub FAQs to find campus-specific resources for Vancouver and Okanangan.

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Student question

Q: How can I learn more about the rules related to using ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence technologies at UBC?

A: UBC is continuing to monitor the emergence of artificial intelligence technologies and respond to the implications that these have on teaching and learning and academic integrity. The Chat GPT FAQ page is a good place to look for information and guidance on this topic as it is being updated regularly as new information emerges. For students, the best place to start is with your instructors. They will be able to inform you about which technologies are appropriate to use and the permissions for their use in any given assignment.


Resource spotlight

This month’s resources reflect our theme of student support, bringing together academic, student services and advocacy resources that students can access on both campuses.


AMS Advocacy

Are you facing an allegation of academic misconduct from UBC? The AMS Advocacy Office may be able to help. We understand that navigating the academic misconduct process can be confusing and stressful. At AMS Advocacy, our services are confidential and we're always on your side.

We offer information on relevant policies, help develop potential strategies to resolve your case, and provide a safe space to discuss the situation. Our office also provides feedback on written submissions and accompaniment to hearings. Please visit our website for more information or reach out to us at

GSS Advocacy

Being a grad student can get overwhelming—this is why the GSS offers Peer Support, which connects students in need of support, information, resources and representation with Peer Support Specialists.

Peer Support Specialists are graduate students who provide confidential assistance to individual fellow graduate students experiencing difficulties. They provide relevant information on and facilitate access to university resources, and work with you to ensure that your concerns are addressed fairly and in a timely manner.


SUO Students’ Advocate

In matters of Alleged Academic Misconduct, the Students’ Advocate will guide the student throughout the process of responding to the allegations, either partially or in their entirety, depending on the wishes of the student. The assistance provided ranges from responding to allegations in writing; scheduling meetings to communicate with faculty and/or staff; attending meetings, including Academic Hearings; etc., in alignment with current policies as outlined by UBC Okanagan.

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Upcoming events

Navigating Generative Artificial Intelligence Tools in the Classroom: Faculty Approaches

June 13, 12 - 1 pm, on Zoom

Moderated by Dr. Simon Bates, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning, pro tem

This forum aims to provide a conversational space for sharing the diverse approaches taken in classrooms, departments and Faculties during the Winter 2022/23 session. How have instructors across UBC’s Faculties been using generative AI tools? Have departments set up guidelines or best practices? What strategies and rationales have they been using to mitigate their usage? The forum will address topics including approaches taken in the syllabus, creative classroom application, mitigation techniques, designing assessments that incorporate AI and upholding academic integrity in different disciplines and Faculties. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from other disciplines, share ideas and approaches from the past term and walk away with a list of good practices.

This panel is aimed at instructors, with a similar student panel planned for the Fall.

Organized by the Academic Integrity Hub and the CTLT.

Register by June 9, 2023

CTLT 2023 Spring Institute

May 29 – June 1, 2023 (online)

The Spring Institute offers educators in the teaching and learning community a platform to share innovative practices and research. Workshops are interactive and provide participants an opportunity to network with colleagues.

This edition offers three sessions on generative artificial intelligence tools.

Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity (CSAI)

June 1-2, 2023, University of Manitoba (in-person)

With a focus on creating cultures of academic integrity, promoting the values of honesty, trust, responsibility, fairness, respect and courage, this conference emphasizes the quality of teaching and learning across post-secondary education.

European Conference on Ethics and Integrity in Academia

July 12-14, University of Derby, UK (hybrid)

Hosted by the European Network for Academic Integrity, this conference will focus on the main theme of Enhancing ethical practice, professionalism and integrity for future development.


Further reading


In our next issue...

Our next issue, coming out in the fall, will review the basics of academic integrity and provide relevant resources for faculty and students to start the new term.

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