I don’t condone cheating, not because it’s against policy but because the final correct answer is the least important part of the learning process. It’s not against the law. Lying isn’t against the law unless you’re under oath. But it’s certainly against the code of conduct any student of the UBC must obey, oath or not.
So why is it that the improper conduct that the UBC cares if their employees break is the one definition of three that concerns breaking the law? Why isn’t breaking policy and encouraging other people to break policy as wrong as students cheating? They’re all improper conduct.
Holding employees to a lower standard of behaviour than students certainly doesn’t model good citizenry behaviour.
And sure, academic freedom violations won’t be tolerated but it will certainly be downgraded to freedom of expression and ignored. Since it’s not illegal to take away academic freedom, the university put in writing that all students should expect when it matters is the right to speak in an empty room.