3.1 Academic Misconduct


The Marine Institute values academic honesty highly and does not tolerate academic misconduct. All students are required to produce original work for evaluation where it is requested and are expected to be familiar with all of the regulations governing academic misconduct. Students who commit acts of misconduct are subject to disciplinary action governed by the policies outlined further in this section of the Calendar. Acts of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:


  • Cheating on assignments, tests, projects, reports, laboratories and examinations.
  • Impersonating another student or allowing oneself to be impersonated
  • Plagiarism
  • Theft of academic materials
  • Use and/or distribution of stolen academic materials
  • Submitting false information
  • Submission of the same material for two or more courses
  • Academic Mischief such as tampering with examinations, gaining unauthorized access to examinations, removing materials from the examination room, violating other examination regulations or any other acts not described above which are considered to be acts of misconduct.


3.2 Discipline


The general discipline of the Marine Institute is based on rules of common sense and courtesy. Smoking is not permitted. Defacement of buildings and damage to equipment are considered serious offenses. The Marine Institute reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not comply with these regulations.


3.3 Student Attendance


It is the Marine Institute’s policy that attendance in all classes, labs, and all other scheduled meetings is compulsory for students in Diploma of Technology, Technician and Certificate programs. In exceptional cases, the course instructor may excuse a student from one or more classes. Acceptable cause for an excused absence may include illness, bereavement, family emergencies or any other cause deemed acceptable by the instructor. It is the student’ responsibility to provide satisfactory proof of the necessity for absence.


A majority of the courses in some programs, including Nautical Science and Marine Engineering and all industry response courses, have specific minimum attendance requirements. In some short courses, an attendance rate of 100% is mandatory. However, unless otherwise specified, a rate of unexcused absence that exceeds 10% is considered to be unacceptable. Students are strongly advised to read the course outline for each& course for which they are registered with respect to attendance requirements and other specific regulations governing that course.


A student who is inexcusably absent for more than an acceptable number of the scheduled meeting times for a course will be deemed to be in violation of this policy and will be required to consult the program chair or designated advisor. If, following consultation with the program chair or designate, the student’s attendance does not improve, he or she may be discontinued from that course. In such cases, if this occurs following the course drop or fees refund deadlines, the student will be subject to any applicable academic or financial prejudice.


Attendance is included as part of the student’s academic record and will be one of the criteria used to determine eligibility for continuation in a program or for certification by the Marine Institute or external agencies such as Transport Canada.


Specific guidelines and related procedures are available from the offices of each School Head or the Registrar.


The registration of each student in a course implies that he or she understands this responsibility and agrees to abide by the above policy.


3.4 Usage of Computer Facilities


The following guidelines are a subset of the Regulations Governing MI Computer Facility Usage and are applied to all individuals accessing computer systems:


  • All access to computer services and the issuing of computer accounts and passwords, must be approved by the Computer Services division of the Marine Institute in accordance with the Regulations for Issuing Accounts.
  • No attempt should be made to discover other users’ passwords nor should any such passwords discovered by chance be used. Passwords are distributed to individuals for the purpose of gaining access to a computer system and should remain confidential. Any suspected leak of a password or other loopholes in system security should be reported immediately to the Computer Services department.
  • Software applications and other proprietary information are not to be copied, this includes information which has been stored by Computer Services or any other computer users. This could result in a breach of copyright or license agreement.
  • The hardware components of any computer system must not be moved. The software or hardware configuration of computer systems must not be altered.
  • The Marine Institute’s computing facilities may not be used for non-institutional projects, or for personal or commercial purposes.
  • No one should deliberately attempt to degrade the performance of a computer system or to deprive others of resources or access to any university computer system.
  • Software programs that were not previously installed on the systems should not be operated. Any such use could increase the possibility of infection by computer viruses. Computer Systems are not to be used for games or other non-academic recreational activities (e.g. MP3’s, Chat, On-line games).
  • Abusive, fraudulent, or harassing messages are not to be sent or stored by users. Storage and possession of property is strictly prohibited.
  • Violations of the Regulations governing MI Computer Facility Usage may result in disciplinary action.