The February 3rd Senate meeting was relatively short and did not cover many topics
pertaining specifically to Engineering. One particularly notable discussion, however, followed the
annual report of the University Disciplinary Committee. It was noted that instances of plagiarism
and inappropriate collaboration had increased over the last year and, as a result, some
measures may need to be taken to prevent further increase. It was further noted that
undergraduate student access to a plagiarism-checking software titled “iThenticate” (to which
the University currently has limited access) would not be a feasible method of addressing the
issue simply due to the implied cost and associated software restrictions. The possibility of
granting student access to a similar program titled “Turnitin”, however, was discussed as a
realistic possibility to be further examined in the future.
It was also noted that revisions to the proposal concerning revised VW policies (as
presented in the January 6th meeting) are ongoing. An updated proposal may be brought
forward early as next month’s meeting.