UFV Policies Governing Conduct and Use of Resources

Graduates of Computer Information Systems programs often work in positions of great responsibility and trust.  Advanced work in computer labs cannot be done without an open and trusting environment where students' work is secure and students are not denied resources or the ability to work by the actions of others. 

CIS students are thus expected to behave in an ethical manner with regard to the academic program, the computing and network resources, and the general welfare of all students, staff and faculty.

The CIS department enforces official UFV policies regarding student conduct in and out of the classroom, and the appropriate use of computing and network resources.  


Penalties

Penalties prescribed for cheating, plagiarism and personal misconduct range from being given a mark of zero on an assignment or exam, to removal from the course, program or the university.  Subsequent offenses incur higher penalties.  

Penalties prescribed for misuse of computer or network resources include removal of the right to use UFV resources and notification of law enforcement officials where considered necessary.  Some misuse of computer resources may also be considered academic or personal misconduct (e.g. cheating, misuse affecting another student's ability to work).  

The CIS department reports all cases of misuse of resources, plagiarism, cheating and personal misconduct to the Director of Student Services.  Student misconduct reports stay on a student's record for two years, and are taken into account for subsequent offenses in any program or department.  They are confidential, and do not appear on transcripts.

Students have a right to appeal decisions - see Student Services for information.


Reading the Policies 

You should read these policies to be sure of your rights and responsibilities as a student at UFV.  You may view them in person at the Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals or on the website here:


UFV Student Conduct Policies

UFV student conduct policies cover academic behaviour (e.g. plagiarism, cheating) and personal misconduct (e.g. classroom conduct, misconduct outside the classroom).  In regard to personal misconduct, note the following subsection:


UFV Appropriate Use of Computing and Network Resources Policies

These policies cover the acceptable use of computing and network resources.  In particular, note the following subsections:

1.4 Users are prohibited from using the computing and network resources for purposes unrelated to the goals of UFV, or in ways which violate UFV policies or the laws of Canada.

Violation of UFV policies or laws of Canada includes, but is not limited to the following:

• Entry into UFV computing and network resources by individuals not specifically authorized (shall be viewed as trespass).

• Attempts to circumvent the protective mechanisms of the University system (shall be considered attempted theft or trespass).

• Deliberate attempts to degrade system performance or capability, or attempts to damage the systems, software or the intellectual property of others (shall be viewed as criminal activity).

• Irresponsible use that which negatively affects the work of others (shall be viewed as an abuse of user privileges or mischief).

1.5 The University reserves the right to withhold access to computing and network resources if there are reasonable grounds to believe that continued access to the resources would pose a threat to the operation and availability of the resource or the good name of the University College. Where there is substantiated abuse of computing privileges, UFV may remove a user’s access to the resources (see section 6.1 for complete procedure). Both the threat posed to the community and the inconvenience to the user will be considered in this decision. The University will inform the user of available options to have computing and network privileges reinstated.

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