Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Program Policies for AI, Translators and Plagiarism

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence has taken the world by storm however, the role it has to play varies for different industries. At OECTA, we defend teachers' professional judgement, in terms of teacher-autonomy and respect for the outcome of decisions made based on teacher expreience, education, professional knowledge and social-emotional considerations.

When taking an AQ course, AI is not permitted to be used for any submissions unless the instructor has specified. Teachers are expected to be original, critical and creative. Defend the profession, use technology responsibly.

Candidates that are found to be using AI without instructor support, will be expelled from the program without refund.


To take a course with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, candidates must be proficient in English. Translators, either online or live, such as friends or family, are not permitted.

Candidates that are found to be using translators will be expelled from the program without refund.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as stealing or passing off the ideas or words of another as your own. It includes using another’s production without crediting the source, and presenting as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. All quotes, work, words, images, ideas, phrases, or signatures used in the body of a work, which do not originate from the creator or writer of the work presented, must be properly acknowledged. Acknowledged work must be footnoted, documented or referenced in such a way that the source of the material is clear to the course instructor.  In submitting their own work to a course instructor, participants understand that they are consenting to having their submissions reviewed for source material that is not documented.

Penalty for Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. If a participant has presented or submitted material as his or her own, and it is determined not to be his or her own, then the course instructor must make a formal report to the Provincial Coordinator immediately regarding this matter. If the participant is found to have violated this plagiarism policy, the participants will be expelled from the course in which the plagiarism has occurred. There will be no refund of course fees for any participant, in this circumstance. If the course being taken is a requirement of employment with a board, the participant must apply for the next available course, at their own expense.

A participant can re-apply to take the course they were expelled from, at their own expense.  Any subsequent offence of plagiarism will disqualify the participant from ever taking any other AQ courses.

Requesting a Certificate of Completion

OECTA issues these certificates, by email, within a few weeks of the course concluding. If you require an additional/duplicate copy of the Certificate of Completion it can be requested here.


Contact the Assistant Registrar:
Phone: 416-925-2493 or 1-800-268-7230