Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity Policy

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 forum 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 National Payroll Institute's prescribed instructions for assignments, discussion forum postings, and/or exams;
  9. The use of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in writing assignments and/or exams;
  10. Self-plagiarism, which means submitting a previously graded assignment; also known as text recycling.

Self-plagiarism is problematic because students are expected to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding even if they repeat the course. The consequences of self-plagiarism are the same as the consequences of plagiarism.

The National Payroll Institute considers academic dishonesty to be a very serious offence. The reputation of our students and the integrity of the Institute can be threatened by violations of the Academic Integrity 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 NPI’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 Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct Committee.