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Academic Integrity - Policy 60

Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity

This policy is premised on the commitment of the University to foster and uphold the highest standards of academic integrity, the fundamental values of which are honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, courage.[1] These values are central to the development and sharing of knowledge.

All members of the University community, including faculty, students, graduate assistants (GAs), and staff, have a responsibility to adhere to and uphold them in their teaching, learning, evaluation, research, and creative activity. This includes a responsibility to take action if they have reasonable grounds for thinking that academic misconduct has occurred.

Academic Misconduct is any behaviour that undermines the university’s ability to evaluate fairly students’ academic achievements, or any behaviour that a student knew, or reasonably ought to have known, could gain them or others unearned academic advantage or benefit, counts as academic misconduct. Included in academic misconduct are: Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism; contract cheating; cheating; misrepresentation of personal identity or performance; submission of false information; contributing to academic misconduct; damaging, tampering, or interfering with the scholarly environment; unauthorized use of intellectual property; misconduct in re-graded/re-submitted work. While this list characterizes the most common instances of academic misconduct, it is not intended to be exhaustive. A more comprehensive list of inclusions can be found in Appendix A within the Policy.

Suspicions of academic misconduct may be referred to the Academic Integrity Office (AIO).  Students who are found to have committed academic misconduct will have a Disciplinary Notation (DN) placed on their academic record (not on their transcript) and will normally be assigned one or more of the following penalties:

  • A grade reduction for the work, ranging up to an including a zero on the work (minimum penalty for graduate work is a zero on the work)
  • A grade reduction in the course greater than a zero on the work.  (Note that this penalty can only be applied to course components worth 10% or less, and any additional penalty cannot exceed 10% of the final course grade. Students must be given prior notice that such a penalty will be assigned (e.g. in the course outline or on the assignment handout)
  • An F in the course
  • More serious penalties up to and including expulsion from the University


Unauthorized Use of Intellectual Property:

The unauthorized use of intellectual property of others, including your professor, for distribution, sale, or profit is expressly prohibited, in accordance with Policy 60 (Sections 2.8 and 2.10).  Intellectual property includes, but is not limited to:

●               Slides

●               Lecture notes

●               Presentation materials used in and outside of class

●               Lab manuals

●               Course packs

●               Exams

For more information please visit the Academic Integrity Office website ( Important Student Resources such as: informative videos, a list of available workshops along with writing and citing guidelines are provided to assist with your success as a student.


[1] International Centre for Academic Integrity (2013)