PSYC 386 (A01) - Cultural Psychology - Gibson

PSYC 386 (A01) - Cultural Psychology - Gibson
Psychology 386 (A01)
Cultural Psychology
CRN 12854 Fall 2015
Class Time and Location: TWF 12:30 to 13:20 MAC D288 Sept 9 to Dec 4 2015.
Professor: Dr. Jim Gibson Email: [email protected]
Office # & Phone: Cornett A214, 250-882-9224
Office Hours:
Wednesdays & Fridays 13:30 to 14:30, Thursdays 17:30 to 18:20
Contacting the Professor: Please phone or text anytime Phone # 250-882-9224. Email: My address is
[email protected] Please use this address and include 386 in the subject line so my spam blocker
does not delete your email and I can differentiate students from different courses. It is best to book an
appointment by phone or email before coming to my office.
Teaching Assistant: Taylor Gibson
Text: Heine, S. (2012). Cultural Psychology (2nd Ed.). Norton: New York.
Extra Readings: May be assigned in advance.
Helpful Websites:
Course Description: This course is an introduction to cultural psychology. The sorts of questions we
will be pondering include: Does what attract us to others vary from one culture to another? Are there
behavioural universals? How does culture shape the way we think, behave, and relate?
Pre-requisites: The pre-requisites for this course are Psyc201 and 231; or Psyc100A, 100B; and 201 or
permission of the department. Students who remain in courses for which they do not have the
prerequisites do so at their own risk. Those who complete courses without pre-requisites are not exempt
from having to complete the pre-requisite course(s) at some later date if such courses are required for
the degree program. Furthermore, please check your registration status before the end of the add-period
to ensure your enrolment.
Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive and
supportive and safe learning and working environment for all its members.
a. To familiarize ourselves with some basic vocabulary, theories, models, and tenets of cultural
b. To ponder some of the major questions posed by researchers of cultural psychology.
c. To add our perspective to the above.
d. To promote an atmosphere of learning, sharing, and exploring.
Course Structure: Class time will be spent in a variety of ways: lecture, guest lecture, role-plays,
films, demonstrations, and experiential activities. You are expected to read the relevant text material
before each class. Class time is meant to:
a. Review some of the information students may have difficulty understanding.
b. Add important and /or interesting material not covered in the text.
c. Add an experiential component that can only be acquired through participation in an
d. Give you an opportunity to share with others what you have learned.
Not everything in the text may be covered in the class and not everything in the class may be covered
in the text. However, you will be tested on everything that is in the text and discussed in class. Class
participation is expected. I reserve the right to modify the course outline at my discretion. Any changes
to the outline will be announced in class and posted on CourseSpaces. PowerPoint slides, additional
readings, supplemental readings, and grades, along with other information will be posted on
Students will be given both a percentile grade and a corresponding letter grade (See the UVic
Calendar for details). The final letter grade in the course will be based on your total score (rounded to a
whole number). I will not increase your grade at the end of the term just because it is close to a cut-off,
nor will I help you mine for marks in previously graded material. All deadlines and the grades
submitted for exams, papers and assignments are final. Please strive to do your best for each scheduled
“event”. If you are disappointed with a grade, it is your responsibility to arrange to meet with me to
review the marking at the time the material is graded, not at the end of the term when the final grade is
awarded and you discover you missed a cut-off. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with
the Important Course Policy Information (see attached). Please note that I reserve the right to remark
any material and assign a new grade if I deem the previous grade is not an accurate evaluation of the
A+ 90 & up
A 85 & up
A- 80 & up
B+ 77 & up
B 73 & up
B- 70 & up
C+ 65 & up
C 60 & up
D 50 & up
F < 50.0
N = incomplete
Course Work & Evaluations
Four examinations will account for 34% to 94% of your final grade (depending on the number
of assignments you submit and your re-weighting bonus). Each exam will have two sections, which
will be equally weighted: one section with multiple-choice questions and one section with a longanswer question. You will be given several long-answer questions in advance. I will select two for the
exam, and you may choose to answer either one of the two. If you miss an exam, in the event of
illness, accident or family affliction (See UVic Calendar, 2015-16, p. 36), you must contact me within
5 days of the exam, meet with me in person to discuss why you missed the test, then email me a memo
outlining the decision we reached regarding your absence. If you follow this procedure and I accept
your reason for missing the exam, I will allow you to write a make-up exam during the make-up exam
schedule set by the department or give you an average based on the other exams or papers you write. If
you do not follow this procedure I may award you a 0 for the missed exam. That is, I do not
automatically allow students to write a make-up exam or take an average, and may award a “0”
for that component of the course. If you require additional time to complete the course requirements
you may apply for academic concession within 10 working days of the end of the course.
You are welcome to write a paper in lieu of, or in addition to, writing any of the exams (see
below for additional details about the papers). Papers must be submitted 10 days before the exam is
scheduled for writing. I will not accept late or improperly saved papers, regardless of the reason. If you
miss the deadline for the paper, then be prepared to write the exam. If you write both the paper and the
exam for any particular section, I will take the higher of the two marks.
Tentative dates for the exams and paper deadlines (you may write the exam, the paper, or both):
Optional Paper 1
Sunday, Sept 20, by 12:30 pm
Test 1 on Chapters 1-3 and corresponding lectures/activities
Wed, Sept 30
Optional Paper 2
Saturday, Oct 17 by 12:30 pm
Test 2 on Chapters 5-8, and corresponding lectures/activities
Tuesday, Oct 27
Optional Paper 3
Sunday, Nov 8 by 12:30 pm
Test 3 on Chapters 9-11, and corresponding lectures/activities
Wed, Nov 18
Optional Paper 4
TBA 10 days before the final by 12:30 pm
Test 4 on Chapters 12-14 and all material covered after test 3
TBA, Dec 7 - 21
Paper: As noted above, I will accept a position paper in lieu of, or in addition to, writing any exam, or
as a final assignment option. Please note that I set a high standard for test-replacement papers. If you
elect this option, then you are, in a sense, working at a graduate level in that you are not required to
come to class and write tests. Consequently, your performance will be evaluated at a graduate level.
The test-replacement paper must be on a topic covered in the section of the course for which you were
to be tested. A paper submitted as a final assignment option may be on any topic covered in class. All
must be a position paper. That is, you will use primary peer-reviewed research reports to substantiate a
specific argument, point or thesis. It will share similarities to papers and introductions in research
articles found in such journals as the “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology” and “Culture &
Psychology” although you will not be expected to have an hypothesis, define variables of interest, or
provide an exhaustive review. To help you model these styles, read articles from JPSP or CP and note
how the authors introduce their research by contextualizing it to related research. Your work will differ
in that I expect you to state your paper’s thesis in the first paragraph. Furthermore, your work will
differ from published research in that you will be referencing a minimum of five peer-reviewed
primary research reports (i.e., reports published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals wherein the authors
collected and analyzed data from participants). Please note that it is not enough to report what was
found in such research, you must also report how it was found, and how the research is connected to
your thesis. I will not read/mark any work past the 1500 word mark (using MS-Word word count; this
count will not include the reference section). Please follow A.P.A. writing guidelines, which includes
using a 12 font, 1-inch margins, double-spacing, etc. No need for a title page or abstract. Consequently,
you will have to consult the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.),”
which can be found in the reference section of the library. Do not plagiarize (see your UVic calendar
for details).
Your paper must be posted on CourseSpaces in the appropriate assignment page as a Word or RichText file attachment 10 days before the corresponding exam date. I will not accept improperly posted,
or late papers, regardless of the reason, so if you miss the deadline then prepare to write the exam, or
accept the “no assignment” option. Ignore the “late” indication on CourseSpaces if you wrote a test
instead of a paper. You must save your work in Word or Rich-text format. I will not mark your paper if
it cannot be opened because it was not saved in Word or Rich-text format (in such instances you will
have to write the exam, or receive a “0” for that component of the course, see the grades section in your
course outline). More information regarding specific requirements for the paper is posted on
CourseSpaces in the document “Guidelines for writing your paper”. Please read this document
before you write a paper.
Plagiarism: Submitted work may be checked using plagiarism detection software. Cheating,
plagiarism and other forms of academic fraud are taken very seriously by both the University and the
Department. You should consult for
the UVIC policy on academic integrity. Note that the university policy includes the statement that "A
largely or fully plagiarized assignment should result in a grade of F for the course".
Participation in Activities: Class time will be set aside for class activities (see your tentative timetable
below). Participation in these activities will account for 6% of your final grade. Students will post on
CourseSpaces the necessary material they will have to complete before each activity, which in total will
account for 4 marks (1 mark for each activity), and attendance will be taken in class for each activity,
which in total will account for 2 marks (0.5 marks for each discussion), totalling 6 marks. It is each
student’s responsibility to have read, completed and properly posted the necessary components for each
activity on CourseSpaces before coming to class. Details regarding each activity will be posted on
CourseSpaces. There will be no make-up marks or assignments for late or missed activity submissions
or attendance, regardless of the reason.
Class Presentations, Group Posters, Paper, Oral Defense, Experiential Project, iClicker
Performance, and/or Nothing: You may choose to present on a particular topic that is covered in any
section (on your own or with one other person), work in a group to submit a digital poster online, work
individually or with one other person to submit a paper, take an oral test on two assigned research
articles, undertake an experiential project, use your iClicker throughout the term, or not submit an
assignment. I will need to be contacted if you wish to give a presentation or take an oral test on two
assigned articles; otherwise, there is no need to contact me. What you submit will dictate your final
total. You may submit two or more different assignments from option 1 to 6, but only one of each, that
is, you cannot submit two similar assignments. For example, you cannot submit two posters or two
papers, but you may submit a poster and a paper, or a poster, a presentation and a paper, etc. The mark
you receive for any of the optional assignments you submit will not be considered if it is lower than the
average of all four tests/replacement papers.
Option 1. Group Posters: If you choose to work on a group digital poster, you may pick any topic
covered in class. You do not need to run the topic by me. The digital poster must be saved in PDF file
format on one page, and posted on CourseSpaces’s Assignment before the last class. I will not accept
improperly saved or late posters, posters with more than one page and posters from individuals or
groups larger than 5. More information regarding specific requirements for the poster is posted on
CourseSpaces in the document “Guidelines for Group Poster”. Total marks = 10.
Option 2. Class Presentations: Students may give a 10-minute lecture on any topic covered within
the section of the course in which the presentation is to be given. Students may present on their own, or
with one other student. You must email me if you wish to present because we will need to coordinate
with the topic and time. More information regarding specific requirements for class presentations
is posted on CourseSpaces in the document “Guidelines for Class Presentations”. Total marks =
Option 3. Paper: Students may elect to write a paper, either on their own or with one other student.
More information regarding specific requirements for the paper is posted on CourseSpaces in the
document “Guidelines for writing a paper”. Please note that the paper submitted for this component
of the course, or any component of that paper (e.g., sources) cannot be used for any other component of
the course. The requirements for this paper are the same as the requirements for test-replacement
papers with the exception that the paper option topic can be on anything covered in the entire course.
The paper for this option must be submitted in the CourseSpaces Assignment “Paper Option” before
the last class. I will not accept late or improperly saved papers. Total marks = 10. Do not put this paper
in the Test-replacement Assignment.
Option 4. Oral Defense of two assigned research articles: If you elect this option you will have
to contact me or the TA in person or via email to arrange a meeting date and time, which will have to
be outside of office hours and class. I, or the TA, will assign you two articles to read no more than 7
days before the meeting. We will ask you various questions about the assigned reading. The oral
defence will take at least 30 minutes. We will not conduct oral defenses in the last week of classes.
More information regarding this assignment can be found on CourseSpaces in the document
“Guidelines for Oral Defence.” Total marks = 10.
Option 5. Experiential Project. If you elect this option you must engage in an activity or
experience related to the course, log at least 8 weekly diaries of your experience and then write and
post on CourseSpaces a report with at least one peer-reviewed primary research report that relates to
your activity or experience. More information regarding this assignment can be found on CourseSpaces
in the document “Guidelines for Experiential Project.” Total marks = 10.
Option 6. iClicker Performance: Throughout the term I will be posting iClicker multiple-choice
questions in class. If you elect to use your iClicker throughout the term, then I will automatically
calculate your grade on this component and if it is higher than the average for your tests or testreplacement papers, I will use that average for your assignment iClicker performance mark. Please note
that choosing this option is similar to option #7 in that it only qualifies you for the photo bonus.
However, if you submit another assignment and your iClicker grade is higher than your test/testreplacement paper average, then it will be added along with your other assignments. Total marks = 10.
Option 7. No Assignment: Students may elect not to complete any assignment. If this is your
choice then 94% of your final grade will be based on your tests/test-replacement papers. Your score on
the activities, which is out of 6, will be added to this mark. Please note that if you choose this option
you will only be entitled to a photo bonus (see below).
Bonus Marks
Photograph (total = 0.5 marks)
You will receive ½ a bonus mark if you submit onto CourseSpaces’s assignment “Photo” a
recent digital or scanned photograph of yourself (head and shoulders – with glasses if you wear them,
but no sunglasses or hat – I would like to be able to see your eyes) in jpg format. Please do not embed
your photo in a document. Your photos are due before the first test. This process will help me learn
your names. You will lose part or all of your bonus mark if you do not follow these instructions.
Re-weighting of Highest and Lowest Mark
If you choose to complete any of the assignment options 1 to 5, then I will reweight your final
grades such that whatever component of the course (with the exception of class activities) you scored
the highest on will be worth an extra 5 marks and whatever you scored the lowest on will be worth 5
less marks.
Research Participation (total = 1 to 5 marks)
For each assignment you complete (e.g., options 1-5) you qualify to earn 1% extra credit toward
your final grade by participating in research studies conducted in the Department of Psychology. If
you submit two assignments, then you qualify to earn 2% extra credits, etc., up to 5% extra credits if
you complete assignment options 1 through to 5. Each 15 minutes of participation will earn 0.5 point.
Thus, one hour of participation would earn the full 1% extra credit. For details on participating in
research studies, go to ( or the Department of
Psychology web site ( and click on the research link near the top of the page, then
click on the Participant Pool link at the left of the new page to see instructions for participating in the
Article Reviews as an alternative to participation in research
Students are not required to participate in research, and not all students wish to do so. As an
alternative, students may instead opt to gain research experience by writing a review (2 pages double
spaced) of a primary peer-reviewed research report relevant to the course. The review will be worth
one mark for extra credit. You are eligible to submit as many reviews as submitted assignments.
Suitable journal sources include: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social
Psychology Bulletin, and Cultural & Psychology. You must obtain approval from the instructor for the
article you have chosen before writing a review. To receive credit, you must follow these guidelines:
• If you wish to select this option, you must notify the course instructor no later than the second
term test.
• You cannot use an article for this review that was used for any other component of the course
(e.g., test or poster replacement paper, etc.).
• Completed reviews must be emailed to me as an attachment in PDF or Word format no later
than the last day of class in this course. Late submissions will NOT be accepted under ANY
• Fully identify the title, author(s), source, and year of the article.
• Clearly summarize the psychological concepts in the article, the reported results, and the
implications of the results. Critically evaluate the application or treatment of the concepts in the article.
If you discover something that is incorrect, identify the error and its implications for the validity of the
article. You may find, for example, misleading headings, faulty research procedures, alternative
explanations that are ignored, failures to distinguish factual findings from opinions, faulty statements of
cause-effect relations, errors in reasoning, etc.
Evaluation Criteria
I use the I.C.E. as a method of grading all material. Specifically, “I” stands for information, “C”
stands for connections, and “E” stands for expansions. I evaluate the quality of the information, that is,
whether the facts are relevant, accurately defined, clear, and comprehensive. This will require you to
consider, explain, and justify points you raise and why. In doing so, you may document that Point A
and Point B are premises to Conclusion C. These connections must be explicitly defined. You should
not be making assumptions about my knowledge. The material should stand on its’ own. Finally, and as
noted above, the information and connections you make must have some relevance. That is, you must
substantiate why you are discussing C or connecting Point A with Point B. Expansions may be theses,
ramifications, conclusions, justifications, rationalizations, explanations, etc. They are all about the
“why?” or “so what?” In relation to ICE, I typically dock marks rather than give marks. That is, I look
forward to an insightful experience when I commence reading your work. Anything that interferes with
that experience I see as a flaw. I typically deduct 2.5 marks on a 100-point scale for minor flaws (e.g.,
typos, disorganized thought, etc.), 5 marks for more severe flaws (e.g., sentence fragments, weak
definitions, unnecessary quotation, etc.), and 10 marks or more for egregious flaws (e.g., key points are
confused or misunderstood, missing definitions, etc.). Finally, a piece of writing may have all the
necessary components, that is, it takes me from point A to point B, but because it was difficult to read
or flawed will not be considered first class work. This can often be a matter of style, organization,
grammar or a combination of a number of issues. “A” work is engaging, insightful, and flawless. The
more creative, engaging and insightful the work is, the more likely it will receive an “A+” (such work
would be worthy of publication), while the less creative, insightful and engaging, but still relatively
flawless the work is, the more likely it will receive an “A -.” As flaws start to define the work, the
letter grade drops (e.g., to a B, C, and hopefully never, to a D or F). For feedback on your tests, I
encourage you to book an appointment with me. I will set aside time for us to meet and will clear my
office when your time roles around. Best to knock to let me know when it is your time so I do not go
over with the person I am with. Then I will happily review your exam with you pointing out concerns
or explaining issues I may have had. For those who submitted a paper, you will find feedback regarding
your work on the same CourseSpaces page where the assignment was originally posted, typically with
the term “marked” appended (e.g., “Jane Doe marked.docx”). Please allow us up to 4-5 days to mark
all the papers. Comments will be written in your document via track changes. Please review the
comments embedded in your text, and if, after reviewing your work and feedback, you have any
concerns or questions, please see the last paragraph in the guidelines and follow my instructions.
Course Experience Survey
I value your feedback on this course. After the second test I will ask you to write on a piece of paper
one thing you would like me to change about the course and one thing you would like to stay the same.
I will consider your recommendations to modify the course for the second half. In addition, near the
end of term, you will have an opportunity to complete an anonymous survey regarding your learning
experience in this class. The CES provides vital information that I will use to improve future courses.
The survey will also be used by the Department of Psychology to evaluate my performance as an
instructor. I will not receive the results until after I have submitted marks for this course. Responses are
anonymous unless you choose to say things in optional open-ended comments that identify you (which
I do not recommend).
The more students complete the survey, the more meaningful and informative the results. Please
ensure that your current email address is listed on MyPage ( When the class is
5/6 over, an email will be sent inviting you to complete the CES online. I will set aside approximately
10 minutes at the beginning of the last class of the term for students to complete the CES. We will do
the CES in class because doing so increases the percentage of students who complete the survey
compared to when students are asked to complete it on their own time. You will need your UVic
NetLink ID to access the survey via a laptop, tablet, or mobile device; if you do not own such a device
then please try to borrow one for that class session. If you do not complete the CES during that class,
you can complete it at a time of your choosing during the last two weeks of classes.
Tentative schedule TWF 12:30 to 13:20 MAC D288 Sept 9 to Dec 4 2015
Sept 9
Sept 11 & 15
Sept 16 & 18
Sept 20 Sunday
Sept 22 & 23
Sept 22
Sept 25
Sept 29
Sept 30 Wednesday
Introductions – review outline, ask for student helpers
Chapter 1 (Introduction)
Chapter 2 (Culture and Human Nature)
Optional Test 1 replacement paper due by 12:30 on CourseSpaces
Chapter 3 (Cultural Evolution)
Last day to drop without financial penalty
Film “Guns, Germs, and Steel” (Part 1)
Activity 1
Test 1 on Chapters 1-3, your outline, and corresponding lectures/activities
Photos due for bonus
Oct 2 & 6
Chapter 5 (Development and Socialization)
Oct 7 & 9
Chapter 6 (Self & Personality)
Oct 13 & 14
Chapter 7 (Motivation)
Oct 17 Saturday
Test 2 Replacement paper due by 12:30 on CourseSpaces
Oct 16 & 20
Chapter 8 (Cognition and Perception)
Oct 21
Film “Guns, Germs, and Steel” (Part 2)
Oct 23
Activity 2
Oct 27 Tuesday
Test 2 on Chapters 5-8 and corresponding lectures/activities
Oct 28 & 30
Chapter 9 (Interpersonal Attraction, Close Relationships, and Groups)
Oct 31
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Nov 3 & 4
Chapter 10 (Living in Multicultural Worlds)
Nov 6 & 13
Chapter 11 (Physical Health)
Nov 8 Sunday
Test 3 Replacement paper due by 12:30 on CourseSpaces
Reading Break – no classes
Nov 9 to 11
Nov 17
Activity #3
Nov 18 Wednesday Test 3 on Chapters 9-11 and corresponding lectures/activities
Nov 20 & 24
Chapter 12 (Mental Health)
Nov 25 & 27
Chapter 13 (Morality, Religion & Justice)
Dec 1 & 2
Chapter 14 (Emotions)
Dec 4
Activity #4, Assignments options due
Dec 7 – 21
Exam period, TBA, Test 4 Replacement paper due by 12:30 on
CourseSpaces 10 days before the scheduled final; Test 4 on Chapters 12 - 14
and corresponding lectures/activities
Important Course Policy Information
Winter 2015-2016
Students who remain in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites do so at their own risk.
Students who complete courses without prerequisites ARE NOT exempt from having to complete the
prerequisite course(s) if such courses are required for the degree program.
Program Requirements
For more information see pages 220-222 of the UVic Calendar 2015-16.
Registration Status
Students are responsible for verifying their registration status. Registration status may be verified using
My Page, View Schedule. Course adds and drops will not be processed after the deadlines set out in the
current UVic Calendar.
Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity
The University of Victoria is committed to promoting, providing and protecting a positive and supportive
and safe learning and working environment for all its members.
In the Event of Illness, Accident or Family Affliction (See UVic Calendar, 2015-16, p. 36)
What to do if you miss an exam other than one scheduled during the formal examination period
Do not apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”. Instead submit
documentation of the illness, accident or family affliction directly to your course instructor (or designated
teaching assistant).
What to do if you miss an exam scheduled during the formal exam period
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working days
of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the form to the
instructor. If the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation
(for example, a deferred exam). Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is
denied, an N grade will be entered on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
What to do if you require additional time to complete course requirements
Apply at Records Services for a “Request for Academic Concession”, normally within 10 working days
of the end of the formal examination period. Records Services will forward the form to the
instructor. If the concession is granted the instructor will determine how to deal with the situation.
Where a concession is not applied for or where such application is denied, an N grade will be entered
on the student’s academic record.
OR, you can download the Request for Academic Concession form here:
Policy on Academic Integrity including Plagiarism and Cheating
The Department of Psychology fully endorses and intends to enforce rigorously the Senate Policy on
Academic integrity ( , p. 33-35, UVic
Calendar 2015-16). It is of utmost importance that students who do their work honestly be protected
from those who do not. Because this policy is in place to ensure that students carry out and benefit
from the learning activities assigned in each course, it is expected that students will cooperate in its
The offences defined by the policy can be summarized briefly as follows:
1. Plagiarism. You must make sure that the work you submit is your work and not someone else’s.
There are proper procedures for citing the works of others. The student is responsible for being
aware of and using these procedures.
2. Multiple Submission. Only under exceptional circumstances may a work submitted to fulfill an
academic requirement be used to satisfy another similar requirement. The student is responsible
for clarifying this with the instructor(s) involved.
3. Falsifying Materials Subject to Academic Evaluation. This includes falsification of data,
use of commercially prepared essays, using information from the Internet without proper
citation, citing sources from which material is not actually obtained, etc.
4. Cheating on Assignments, Tests, and Examinations. You may not copy the work of others
in or out of class; you may not give your work to others for the purpose of copying; you may not
use unauthorized material or equipment during examinations or tests; and you may not
impersonate or allow yourself to be impersonated by another at an examination. The Department
of Psychology has a policy of not making old examinations available for study purposes.
Therefore, use of old exams without the express written permission of the instructor constitutes
cheating by the user, and abetting of cheating by the person who provided the exam.
5. Being an Accessory to Offences. This means that helping another student to cheat (for
instance, by showing or communicating to them answers to an assignment, or by allowing them
to view answers on an exam) is an academic offence.
Instructors are expected to make every effort to prevent cheating and plagiarism. This may include the
assignment of seating for examinations, asking students to move during examinations, requests to see
student identification cards, and other measures as appropriate. Instructors also have available to them
a variety of tools and procedures to check for Internet and electronic media-based cheating. In
instances of suspected or actual plagiarism or cheating, instructors, following prescribed procedures, are
authorized to take steps consistent with the degree of the offence. These measures will range from a
zero on the test or assignment or a failing grade for the course, probation within a program to
temporary or even permanent suspension from the University.
Rights of Appeal are described in the Policy on Academic Integrity in the University calendar (on p. 3335 in 2015-16).
The definitive source for information on Academic Integrity is the University Calendar (p. 33-35 in
2015-16) (
Other useful resources on Plagiarism and Cheating include:
1. The Learning Skills program:
2. The Ombudsperson’s office:
3. The English Department:
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