Integrity Week

October 18 – 22, 2021

Integrity Week is the premiere opportunity to showcase ethical teaching and learning. It aligns with the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating, October 20, 2021, an event celebrated across the globe on the same day to bring attention to term paper mills, predatory tutoring and other forms of contract cheating. 


The Intersection of Academic Integrity and Mental Health: From Resources to Policies

Through discussions and activities, participants will examine academic integrity through a mental health lens. One of the topics addressed in this session include the impact of the academic misconduct process on student and faculty mental health. At a structural level, one of the topics highlighted will be bringing a mental health perspective to the development or review of academic integrity-related policies, processes and procedures. The session will conclude with Q&A, as well as resources to support student and faculty mental health and wellbeing.

Facilitator: Dr. Andrew Szeto, PhD
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Locations: Online via Zoom

Please note: Registration will close on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent the morning of the workshop.

Contract Cheating in Alberta and Beyond

Join us for an eye-opening webinar about contract cheating in Alberta. We will talk about essay mills, homework completion services, unethical tutoring services, and thesis consultation services that all cross the line into academic misconduct. Learn about the size and scope of this predatory industry and how it preys on our students, including engaging in blackmail and extortion. 

By the end of this session engaged participants will be able to: 

  • Describe what contract cheating is. 

  • Analyze how contract cheating impacts students. 

  • Discover practical tips and strategies to promote academic integrity. 

Facilitator: Dr. Sarah Eaton, PhD and Sheryl Boisvert 
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m. 
Locations: Online via Zoom  

Please note: Registration will close on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent the morning of the workshop.

Presenter bios

Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada where she also serves as the University’s inaugural Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity. An award-winning educator and researcher, Eaton’s work focuses on academic integrity in higher education. Dr. Eaton serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Educational Integrity (BMC Springer Nature). Her academic research can be found in the British Journal of Educational Research, Educational Policy, and the Journal of Academic Ethics, among other places and she is the author of Plagiarism in Higher Education: Tackling Tough Topics in Academic Integrity.  She is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE) Council. Dr. Eaton is a co-founding member of the Alberta Council on Academic Integrity (Canada) and co-chair of the council’s Contract Cheating Working Group. Dr. Eaton is a member of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) Policy Working Group and lead a national policy research team in Canada focusing on contract cheating and academic integrity. 

Sheryl Boisvert, B.Ed, CPA, CGA, is currently a full-time instructor at NorQuest College. Sheryl has performed a variety of roles at NorQuest College since 2001, but has found being an instructor to be the most fulfilling.  She has always believed that students gain a better understanding of the material they learn when they can go beyond the textbook theory and put the theory into practice. Sheryl always looks for opportunities to make the students’ learning more experiential and relevant as a way to keep the students engaged and participating. Over the last few years, Sheryl has been involved in a couple applied research projects. The first one was done in partnership with Medicine Hat College which explored the transitioning from a traditional to flipped classroom. This research was presented at international conferences such as the Teaching Professor’s Conference and NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development). She is now part of a team researching academic integrity. The research focuses on academic integrity at NorQuest College; however, the challenges we face with this issue are not unique to us. Sheryl is a member of the steering committee on the Alberta Council on Academic Integrity and co-chair of that council’s Contract Cheating Working Group. 

FOIP Training for Academic Integrity

Learn how the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) applies when there are suspected or actual breaches of academic integrity. Learn what information can be shared, with whom and why. 

Facilitator: Katharine Kinnear (FOIP Coordinator, Legal Services) and Jennifer Sinclair (FOIP Advisor, Legal Services)
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Please note: Registration will close on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (MT) and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent the morning of the workshop.


Past webinars (2020)

Teaching and learning in ethical ways is fundamental to the value, role and function of universities. How is academic integrity, or more specifically, instructional integrity, demonstrated in our teaching and learning environments? Reflect on fundamental values of academic integrity and how they are reflected throughout the academic community. 

Facilitators: Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, and Dr. Natasha Kenny, PhD

From resources to policies

Through discussions and activities, participants will examine academic integrity through a mental health lens. One of the topics addressed in this session include the impact of the academic misconduct process on student and faculty mental health. At a structural level, one of the topics highlighted will be bringing a mental health perspective to the development or review of academic integrity-related policies, processes and procedures. The session will conclude with Q&A, as well as resources to support student and faculty mental health and wellbeing. 

Facilitator: Dr. Andrew Szeto, PhD

Have you ever wondered what is involved in working with a professional editor—and whether it is even ethical to do so? In this session, Karen Crosby, founder and senior editor of Editarians, explores the different roles and responsibilities of three key stakeholders: the student, the supervisor, and the editor. She discusses the line of authorial integrity and covers what editors can and cannot do to ensure that the line is not crossed. She presents guidelines on the ethical editing of student work, developed by Editors Canada, to steer the three parties along the way. Karen also touches upon ethical considerations covered in style guides, such as APA Style. She promises to leave some time at the end to answer any questions you have and point you in the right direction if you’re looking to hire an editor.

Facilitators: Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, and Karen Crosby

Learn how the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) applies when there are suspected or actual breaches of academic integrity. Learn what information can be shared, with whom and why. 

Facilitator: Katherine Kinnear (FOIP Coordinator, Legal Services) and Jennifer Sinclair (FOIP Advisor, Legal Services)