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Check this page regularly for updates about the Academic Integrity Office, vital information regarding policy updates, and any other important news related to Ryerson University’s academic standards.

International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating

Call To Action: Get informed and speak out against CONTRACT CHEATING

Contract  Cheating is a "form of academic dishonesty where students submit academic work not created by themselves, for academic credit." ("About Contract Cheating", nd)

• getting  or  giving "help" on  file  sharing  websites
• purchasing  and/or  using  other  people's  work
• having an unauthorized    person/service  edit    work  without  permission

October 18/2017

Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, all those who value learning!

Participate in the Whiteboard Declaration!
Send us a tweet @RU_AIO, we'll come to you (with Whiteboard)!
Or write a personal declaration about why academic integrity matters to you—add the hashtags #excelwithintegrity #defeatthecheat  - then tweet 

Contract Cheating erodes learning and devalues your education.


Register for the Day of Action at: https//


AIC & DDMC Membership Recritment!

Update: Recruitment 2017 Closed. Available 2018


Academic Integrity Office is recruiting faculty and student volunteers


The AIO is in the process of recruiting new members, both faculty and students, for the Academic Integrity Council (AIC). The Academic Integrity Council’s mandate is to promote and uphold academic integrity at Ryerson. AIC members participate in educational activities, conduct hearings concerning student appeals of academic misconduct decisions, and determine penalties related to progressive discipline for multiple acts of academic misconduct. Panels consisting of two faculty members and a student, all of whom are trained by the Academic Integrity Office, hold hearings.

We are also in the process of recruiting faculty to act as Designated Decision Makers (DDMs). DDMs handle cases of potential academic misconduct that have been forwarded by faculty members who do not wish or are unable to pursue the matter themselves. Once the case is handed over, the DDM takes on the role and associated responsibilities of the faculty member for that case.

For more information, including information on how to apply, please click here.

RU Engaged by the LTO

The RU Engaged Conference by the Learning and Teaching Office took place on campus May 18, 2017.

The Ryerson Academic Integrity Office actively participated through presenting at a number of sessions. One of the presentations is available here, "Promoting academic integrity and student engagement through assignment design" presented by John Paul Foxe, Director, Andrea Ridgley, Officer, Academic Integrity Office and Stephen Want, Psychology.

Policy Updates

Revised Policy 60: Academic Integrity implemented on September 1, 2015 Ryerson University. Please see the revised Policy 60 document here.


  • ­The AIO ensures that Policy 60 is carried out in a fair and transparent way (Policy 60, Procedures 1).
  • Affirmation of an educational approach to upholding academic integrity (Policy 60, Section 1).
  • Suspicions of academic misconduct must be registered on the *new* AIO Automated System (Policy 60, Procedures 2.2.2).
  • The minimum penalty for a finding of academic misconduct for undergraduate or continuing education students is a grade reduction on any academic work, ranging in severity up to and including a grade of “zero” (0) on the work (Policy 60, Section 5.2).
  • The minimum penalty for a graduate student is a grade of “zero” (0) on the work (Policy 60, Section 5.2).
  • As a consequence of any determination of academic misconduct, a Disciplinary Notation (DN) will be placed on the student’s academic record (not transcript) (Policy 60, Section 5.1). 
  • Additional requirements when suspicions concern graduate students (Policy 60, Sections 1.7; 2.7; 3.4.2). ­      
  • New guidelines on Progressive Discipline and Repeated Misconduct (Policy 60, Section 5.4). ­
  • Introduction of the Designated Decision Maker (Policy 60, Section
  • New and revised misconduct categories.