Plagiarism—submitting someone else’s work as your own—is unacceptable in CPA education and carries serious consequences such as failure of the course and/or expulsion. Following every semester, CPAWSB investigates suspected instances. Below are the results from the 2021 Semester 4 CPA Preparatory Course plagiarism investigation.
Semester 4 2021 Plagiarism Occurrences
During the Semester 4 2021 CPA Preparatory Course, plagiarism instances included the following:
Exam plagiarism occurs where responses are copied from:
- Other students
- Course Notes
- CPA provided solution
- CPA Learning E-Book without citation
Assignment plagiarism occurs where assignments are submitted with materials copied from:
All individuals found guilty of plagiarism or enabling plagiarism during Semester 4 2021 incurred serious consequences.
Collaboration with Other Students
There has been an increase in students collaborating with peers during examinations. This is an exam rules violation. Students will face serious consequences if found guilty.
Recently there has been an increase in students using websites during examinations. Using any reference materials other than the approved materials is unacceptable and is an exam rules violation.
If students reference materials found on a website for assignments, they must cite their sources and ensure that the majority of the work is their own.
Submitting CPA Solutions
Under no circumstance are CPA-provided solutions to be shared with others or submitted for an assignment or online assessment. If you submit CPA-provided solutions, you will face serious consequences. All student work is reviewed through Turnitin software, which is designed to detect instances of plagiarism by comparing submitted items against information on the internet, CPA Canada solutions, and all previous CPA Preparatory course student submissions from across Canada. You can avoid a plagiarism investigation by not submitting CPA-provided solutions or parts of CPA-provided solutions in your assignments or online assessments.