Any work submitted by a student, written or other, shall be the product of his/her own efforts. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Academic dishonesty means the misrepresentation by a student of his/her performance/work for the purpose of obtaining marks or recognition to which he/she is not entitled.

Actions considered academically dishonest are as follows:

  1. Copying from another student’s work;
  2. Using material not authorized for exam use;
  3. Collaborating with another student during the exam;
  4. Plagiarism, which means representing the work of others as your own;
  5. Falsification, which means modifying, without authorization, an exam, assignment, discussion board posting, etc. for the purpose of obtaining additional credit;
  6. Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting any of the contents of an exam;
  7. Taking a test for another student or permitting another student to take a test for oneself;
  8. Any action taken by a student or proctor that does not comply with the Canadian Payroll Association's prescribed instructions for assignments, discussion board postings, and/or exams.

The Canadian Payroll Association considers academic dishonesty to be a very serious offence. The reputation of our students and the integrity of the Association can be threatened by violations of the Academic Honesty Policy. Therefore the penalties given to students who are found guilty of academic dishonesty are accordingly severe. An activity will be entered on the student’s profile within the CPA’s membership database for any violation of this policy.


First Offence:

  • Minimum - Mark of “0” on the exam, assignment or discussion board postings
  • Maximum - Dismissal from the course for the remainder of the term

Second Offence:

  • Dismissal from the course, with no possibility of re-admission.

Students may also be brought before the CPA's Code of Professional Conduct Committee.