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Issue No. 67: Academic Integrity

Welcome to the sixty-seventh issue of The LTO Best Practices. Each month, the Learning & Teaching Office will be spotlighting a timely topic in education. This October, our topic is "Academic Integrity."  

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A Message from the Academic Integrity Office

Hello Ryerson Faculty,

Many of you may know that Policy 60: Academic Integrity [pdf] recently underwent an extensive policy review process resulting in some changes to the policy that affect both you as faculty, as well as your students. Part of the mandate of the Academic Integrity Office is education and as such, we are doing our best to educate you and the entire Ryerson community as to what these changes mean. Some of this education is in collaboration with the LTO through this news letter. On Wednesday October 5th we will be offering a workshop for faculty on academic integrity, the policies here at Ryerson and more broadly on how to embed academic integrity practices into your teaching. The Academic Integrity Office is a resource here for you and the whole Ryerson community. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to assist you, be it offering a facilitated discussion between and a student or simply providing you with resources and with respect to academic integrity.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Wishing you all the best for the year ahead,
John Paul Foxe,
Director, Academic Integrity Office.

Policy 60: Academic Integrity

Policy 60: Academic Integrity [pdf] is premised on the commitment of Ryerson University to foster and uphold the highest standards of academic integrity, the fundamental values of which are honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, courage1, as well as trustworthiness. These values are central to the development and sharing of knowledge.

Some key points in the revised Policy 60 include:

  • All suspicions of academic misconduct must be registered with the Academic Integrity Office (AIO) Automated System
  • The AIO ensures that Policy 60 is carried out in a fair and
    transparent way
  • Suspicions of academic misconduct can be addressed through a facilitated discussion with staff from the AIO, a non-facilitated discussion or can be referred to a Designated Decision Maker (graduate students must have a facilitated discussion)
  • The minimum penalty is a grade reduction on the work for undergraduate or continuing education students; a "zero" (0) on the work for graduate students
  • Graduate students and undergraduate students have different procedures, please see Policy 60
  • As a consequence of any determination of academic misconduct, a Disciplinary Notation (DN) will be placed on the student's academic record (not transcript)


The Academic Integrity Office (AIO)

The Academic Integrity Office (AIO) is a neutral party and information resource that seeks to promote a culture of integrity and educational excellence by informing, inspiring and educating the members of the Ryerson Community. The AIO exists to ensure that Policy 60: Academic Integrity is carried out in a fair and transparent way and to provide educational resources to the Ryerson community regarding academic integrity and misconduct.

The AIO provides guidance and support to students and decision makers and ensures that all parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities. The AIO is neutral with respect to all cases and is neither an advocate for students or faculty nor a decision-maker in the process.

Academic Integrity & Misconduct: For Faculty & Instructors

Preventing Academic Misconduct: Suggestions for how to use your course outline, assignments, exams, and group work to promote academic integrity and discourage misconduct.

Workshops and educational tools to share with your students

Frequently Asked Questions about Academic Integrity

Contact the Academic Integrity Office
416.979.5000 ext. 7800

John Paul Foxe

Director, Academic Integrity Office
416.979.5000 ext. 3660

Andrea Ridgley
Academic Integrity Office
416.979.5000 ext. 3273

1International Centre for Academic Integrity (2013)


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