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SCMS Departmental Policies and Standards

A university degree is a significant accomplishment. It represents years of hard work, considerable self-discipline, and a dedication to intellectual rigour. The institutions which grant degrees set high standards to ensure that the status granted by holding a degree is well earned and well respected. UFV is proud of its graduates, and its graduates represent to the community the quality of education offered by this institution.The Department of Social Cultural and Media Studies upholds these standards and makes use of existing UFV policy to ensure its graduates reflect the institution’s commitment to excellence. Each student in one or more courses offered by the Department of Social Cultural and Media Studies will be held accountable for acts of intellectual dishonesty (cheating and plagiarism) as well as inappropriate classroom behaviours (excessive absenteeism, harassment, disruptive behaviours). These issues are covered under UFV policies on Student Conduct (#70 & #204), Attendance (#62) and Harassment Prevention (#18). Brief summaries of some of the policies are available in the UFV calendar, or the full policy manual can be viewed at Student Services, in the Dean’s Office, or online.In particular, the Department of Social Cultural and Media Studies draws your attention to the following segments of the Student Conduct Policy:

Academic Misconduct:

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Plagiarism occurs when a student presents as his or her own the work or data of someone else. Plagiarism [also] occurs when paragraphs, phrases, sentences or ideas are taken from another source without referring to or citing the author.
  • Submitting, in whole or part, an essay, presentation, or assignment more than once, whether the earlier submission was at this or another institution, unless prior approval has been obtained from the instructor(s), constitutes academic misconduct.


Hearing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Communicating or attempting to communicate with another individual or other individuals during an exam without the permission of the instructor or invigilator.
  • Using or attempting to use answers of another student or students, providing answers to other students, or failing to take measures deemed reasonable to the instructor or invigilator to prevent the use of one's answers by other students in assignments or examinations.
  • Submitting any academic work containing a purported statement of fact or reference to a source that has been fabricated. (Policy 70, University of the Fraser Valley).

The Department of Social Cultural and Media Studies upholds a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism and cheating. Where evidence of plagiarism or cheating exists, the student will receive a score of zero on the assignment or exam in question, and a letter will be placed on file with the Student Conduct Registry. A second offense in the same course or in another course at UFV may result in a grade of F for the course in which the second offense occurs. Repeated incidents of plagiarism and/or cheating may also result in suspension or expulsion from SCMS programs or from UFV.The department generally uses the ASA (American Sociological Association) method of documentation. Check with your instructor if you wish to use any other method. For students who need help learning how and when to reference, we highly recommend The Writing Centre at UFV (Room G126).Students have the right to appeal instructional and departmental decisions. For further information on Appeals, contact the Office of Academic Integrity and Appeals.

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