Academic Misconduct: Academic Misconduct is defined by each individual post-secondary institution. Generally, it encompasses a departure from academic integrity (e.g., plagiarism, unauthorized use of materials, forgery) or conduct that infringes on the rights of other members of the school’s community and/or violates any student code of conduct in place.
Character: Character is an individual’s values, attitudes, ethics, integrity, honesty, and manner in which relationships are established and maintained; usually evaluated by an assessment of conduct.
Conduct: Conduct is the measurable action and behaviour of an individual.
Conduct unbecoming a member: Conduct unbecoming a member is conduct that occurs either inside or outside of the practice environment and that has the potential to bring the profession into disrepute.
Ethics: Ethical behaviour is when one is able to distinguish right from wrong and has the courage to do the right thing under the circumstances, regardless of personal consequences.
Finding: A finding is a decision made by an authority for a jurisdiction that an individual is guilty of misconduct, criminal activity or incompetence, or that an individual is impaired. Other than impairment findings, examples of findings and/or proceedings that the College reviews as part of the application assessment process include:
Good Character: Good character is generally held to mean that an individual is honest, trustworthy, responsible, and ethical.
Good Standing: Good standing is a status with the regulatory body that indicates a licensed professional’s fees and practice information have been submitted as required.
Impairment: Impairment is a medical condition or disorder, either physical or mental, which has the potential to negatively impact an individual’s ability to perform in his/her capacity as a regulated professional.
Jurisdiction: Jurisdiction is an area over which an authority governs, be it geographical (provincial, federal), professional (regulators that govern a group of licensed, registered or certified individuals; examination boards), or legal (criminal or civil).
Letter of Standing: Letter of Standing is an official document issued by a regulatory body on request that includes information about the licensure history of a licensee or former licensee.
Offence: Offence is a violation or breach of a law. This includes criminal offences, as well as any other offences under federal, provincial or municipal statutes.
Proceeding: Proceeding is a formal hearing by a court, tribunal, or statutory committee of the body that is authorized by government to regulate a profession and its members.
Professionalism: Professionalism is a set of behaviours, attitudes and skills that reflects the values of the profession, as expressed in the Code of Ethics, and reinforces the social contract between the profession and the public.
Professional misconduct: Professional misconduct is unacceptable conduct carried out within the scope of the professional’s practice, as defined in Reg. 1093 under the Veterinarians Act or under a similar provision in another jurisdiction.