University of Victoria

Guidelines for Professional Conduct

Indigenous Governance and the Faculty of Human and Social Development expects students to develop and adhere to a professional code of conduct. The Faculty supports models for professional conduct based on the following guidelines:

Submission of oneself to a professional code of ethics;

Exercise of personal discipline, accountability and judgment;

Acceptance of personal responsibility for continued competency and learning;

Willingness to serve the communities and place them before oneself;

Ability to recognize the dignity and worth of all persons in any level of society;

Willingness to assist others in learning;

Ability to recognize one's own limitations;

Maintenance of confidentiality of information appropriate to the purposes and trust given when that information was acquired;

Acceptance that one's professional abilities, personal integrity and the attitudes one demonstrates in relationships with other persons are the measure of professional conduct.



Students in the Faculty of Human and Social Development are subject to the provisions of the code of ethics of their respective programs, and may be required to withdraw from their program for violating these provisions. Students may also be required to withdraw from their program when ethical, medical or other reasons interfere with satisfactory practice in their respective disciplines.

Disciplinary Procedure for Unprofessional Conduct

STEP ONE: If an issue concerning unprofessional conduct arises in the classroom, the instructor shall:

If a report of unprofessional conduct is made to any IGOV staff or faculty, the issue shall be reported to  the IGOV Director. The Director will follow the procedure outlined above.

STEP TWO: If an issue concerning unprofessional conduct continues to occur in or outside of the classroom after step one has taken place:

STEP THREE: If an issue concerning unprofessional conduct continues to occur in or outside of the classroom after step two has taken place:

STEP FOUR: If a student is required to withdraw temporarily and is readmitted after a probationary period and the behavior persists, the student will be required to withdraw immediately - and permanently - and may make no formal or informal association with the program in the future.


If the student is dissatisfied with the decision made by the IGOV committee, then the student can appeal to the Dean (or Associate Dean) of the Faculty in writing, stating clearly the grounds on which the student believes the decision of being required to withdraw from the program should be changed and the remedy or relief the student is seeking. The student also must indicate whether they are asking for an appeal with or without a hearing committee. For further information on the HSD appeals procedure please contact the Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria.


Our Programs

Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG)

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) is an interdisciplinary program focused on traditional structures and ways of governance and encompassing the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles of Indigenous political cultures. Through teaching and research that respects both western and Indigenous traditions, methods, and forms of knowledge, students are provided with a strong foundation of basic and applied scholarly research with an emphasis on the nature and context of Indigenous governance and Indigenous-State relations in Canada and internationally.

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PhD Degree by Special Arrangement

The Faculty of Graduate Studies along with the Indigenous Governance Program (IGOV) offers the selected opportunities for students to pursue a PhD degree by Special Arrangement. The Special Arrangement degree program is available for Indigenous Governance students, as the program does not currently offer a regular Ph.D. degree program. For more information about this program.

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IGOV is a part of the Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD).

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