MacEwan applies restorative justice to plagiarism

September 15, 2018

Vue Weekly says that MacEwan University will apply restorative justice to plagiarism cases. MacEwan is the third school in Alberta, after the University of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, to deploy restorative justice on campus. “There was some dissatisfaction with how some of our decisions were affecting students,” stated Paul Sopcak, MacEwan’s Academic Integrity Coordinator. “For international students, sometimes, the consequences seemed especially harsh.” Vue Weekly adds that NAIT’s restorative approach requires an acknowledgement of wrongdoing on the student’s part. Deb Erkes, Director of UAlberta’s Student Conduct and Accountability Office, told Vue Weekly that while the university has adopted the language of restorative justice, it continues to deploy punitive measures for misconduct. Vue Weekly