Student Agreements

By entering and working within the learning environment software platform, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the following FOIP and Plagiarism agreements.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP)

The expectation is that students should feel free to actively engage in course discussions and that the information will be kept in confidence. However, in the event of receiving a formal request for access to information, the access is subject to the limited and specific exceptions as set out in the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and can lead to expulsion from an academic program/university. It occurs when a student submits or presents work in a course as if it were an original piece and/or without properly citing the source of the information. This includes the following:

  • Work, in whole or in part, completed by another individual
  • Your own work, either in whole or in part, that has been used for credit in another course or assignment
  • Any comments obtained from courses, exams, or discussion applications.

YOU AGREE that in this course you will not submit a paper, either in whole or in part, that you have submitted and had graded for another course.

YOU AGREE that you will not plagiarize and that you will cite appropriately all sources in your assignments, including quotes from your own previously completed, original work.

Lack of attribution of pre-existing sources is considered in law to be plagiarism, and inappropriate citation formats can unwittingly give the impression of plagiarism even though this was not a student’s intention. For this reason, all students should take care to absorb and apply the correct rules of citation before submitting an assignment.

Please be advised that assignments submitted for grading in Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business graduate courses may be checked for correctness of citation formatting. The assignment checker may be used for this purpose.

Any breach of this agreement is grounds for academic discipline.