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If you are an international student coming from a different learning environment, it is important for you to be knowledgeable and have an understanding of the University’s expectations as it relates to academic integrity, which means honesty in one’s academic work. 

As a key to success, it is crucial for you to be aware of:

·        challenges you may face

·        how studying may be different in Canada

·        what Canadian professors look for

·        the University’s plagiarism policy

·        copyright law in Canada

·        relevant University policies and

·        who can help if you have questions or concerns.

More information on academic Integrity are included in the orientation workshops but you should acquaint yourself with the information and resources that are available to all students about this topic.


Academic Integrity

The academic activities of all students including undergraduate, graduate and continuing education are governed by the Policy 60: Academic Integrity which provides definitions and details of processes and consequences related to academic misconduct.

What is Policy 60: Academic Integrity?

Policy 60, defines academic integrity and misconduct, the process the university will follow when academic misconduct is suspect, and the penalty and other consequences that may be imposed if students are found to have engaged in academic misconduct.

As a Ryerson student, these policies may differ from the academic culture of your home country so it is crucial for you to have a clear understanding of and be familiar with this information. Ryerson students should be aware of the information what academic dishonesty is and what the possible consequences are.

Some activities that may be considered as academic dishonesty and misconduct include:

2.1 Plagiarism – includes but is not limited to:

·        Section 2.1.1: claiming, submitting or presenting the words, ideas, artistry, drawings, images or data of another person, including information found on the Internet and unpublished materials, as if they are one’s own, without appropriate referencing; 

·        Section 2.1.2: claiming, submitting or presenting someone else’s work, ideas, opinions or theories as if they are one's own, without proper referencing; 

·        Section 2.1.3; claiming, submitting or presenting another person’s substantial compositional contributions, assistance, edits or changes to an assignment as one’s own; 

·        Section 2.1.4: claiming, submitting or presenting collaborative work as if it were created solely by oneself or one’s group; 

·        Section 2.1.5: submitting the same work, in whole or in part, for credit in two or more courses, or in the same course more than once, without the prior written permission of the instructor;

·        Section 2.1.6: minimally paraphrasing someone else’s work by changing only a few words and not citing the original source.

2.2 Cheating - includes but is not limited to:

·        Section 2.2.1: having access to and/or using aids or devices (including wireless communication devices) not allowed by the instructor during an examination, test, quiz, or other evaluation;

·        Section 2.2.9: collaborating on work to be evaluated where collaboration has been forbidden by the instructor

2.4 Submission of False Information - includes but is not limited to:

·        Section 2.4.1: submitting altered, forged or falsified medical or other certificates or documents for academic consideration, or making false claims for such consideration, including in or as part of an academic appeal, or the academic misconduct process;

2.5 Contributing to Academic Misconduct - includes but is not limited to:

·        Section 2.5.1: offering, giving, sharing or selling essays, questions and/or answers to tests or exams, quizzes or other assignments unless authorized to do so;

2.8 Unauthorized Use of Intellectual Property Use of the intellectual property of others for distribution, sale or profit without the authorization of the owner of that material. This includes slides and presentation materials used in a class wherever the owner of those materials has not authorized further use.

Exam Policy (Policy 135)

The Student Responsibilities section of this Policy outlines all of the expectations and rules applicable to you during exams, including:

·        what you can and cannot bring with you to an exam

·        what time to show up; what to do if you are late

·        what to do if you are ill

·        acceptable forms of photo ID

·        using the washroom during an exam

·        reporting a schedule conflict with a religious observance

·        accommodations for students with disabilities


Student Accommodations

Policy 135: Examination

V. Student Accommodations

·        The University acknowledges that some students may require alternative examination times/dates on religious grounds.

·        Students with disabilities who are registered with Academic Accommodation Support (formerly the Access Centre) must be accommodated in accordance with the arrangements provided by the Academic Accommodation Support guidelines.

·        Requests for alternative examination times/dates on grounds other than religion will be granted in exceptional circumstances involving pre-existing health problems and/or other mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control. Such a request must be made to the course instructor within one week of the announcement of the examination schedule (For accommodation request form. If the request is granted, it is for the instructor to determine an alternative time and date.

·        In the case of emergency situations beyond the student’s control, requests for alternative examination times/dates may be granted on compassionate grounds, if the request is made in Ryerson University Examination Policy Page 9 a timely fashion. If the request is granted, the student should consult with the instructor to determine an alternative time and date.


Academic Integrity and Graduate Education


As noted in Policy 60: Academic Integrity and Graduate Students:


Section 1.7

Graduate students often engage in research with a large degree of independence. Therefore, they are expected to and must pursue their academic and research activities in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of ethical and scholarly practice.


Academic Misconduct in Supervised Research Activities

Section 3.4.2

In all cases of suspected research misconduct, the Vice President Research and Innovation (VPRI) must be notified by the AIO. In the case of graduate student misconduct, the Dean of Yeats School of Graduates Studies (YSGS) must also be notified of the suspicion.



In the case of a student in receipt of tri-agency funding, the VPRI will assign an additional investigator, external (i.e. arms-length) to the university, who will also attend and participate in the FD as an investigator and decision maker and will sign a confidentiality agreement registered with the OVPRI.


Section 5.2.2

The minimum penalty for misconduct with respect to work submitted in a course by a graduate student is a grade of “zero” (0) on the work


Section 5.3.1 Disciplinary Suspension (DS)

Graduate students cannot be assigned a DS (Disciplinary Suspension)


Additional Information

For more information please read the Policy 60: Academic Integrity which is available in the current Ryerson University Student Guide and online. There are also a number of resources available on the Ryerson Integrity Office website to help students avoid unintentional academic misconduct, including tutorial episodes.

International students are encouraged to speak to an International Student Advisor by booking an appointment in our office for assistance in understanding or clarifying this information.

Contact: | 416-979-5000 ext. 6655| Podium, POD 50A |

If you are not sure of how to deal with a concern you may also contact the:

1.      Academic Integrity Officer (for academic integrity/misconduct matters)

Contact: | 416-979-5000 ext. 3273 | Jorgenson Hall, JOR 1231 | Website:


2.    Additional Services

We are highly recommending students to use on-campus Ryerson services to help you succeed academically to avoid academic plagiarism.


Academic Resources

Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA)

Contact: | 416-979-5055

Librarians at the Ryerson Library will assist you on how to get the best research topics and what resources to use. There are also a lot of helpful hints on the website.

Student Learning Support (SLS): Writing, Math, English Language Support, Study Skills

Contact: | 416-598-5978

SLS offers workshops on a variety of topics designed to help you become more familiar with the essential skills necessary for academic success and allow you to build a foundation for academic skill-building.

Academic Accommodation Support

Contact: | 416-979-5290

Located on the 4th floor of the Student Learning Centre building. The Academic Accommodation Support provides students with disabilities the accommodations and support services needed to achieve academic success.


3.    Advocates For Students:

Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)

Contact: Student Issues & Advocacy Coordinator | | 416-979-5255 ext. 2322

The students’ union for full-time graduate and undergraduate students that advocates for student rights and build community on campus.

Continuing Education Students' Association of Ryerson (CESAR)

Contact: CESAR Student Rights Coordinator | | 416-979-5000 ext. 7056

The students’ union for continuing education, distance education, and part-time undergraduate students, CESAR work to serve and improve student experience while providing cost-saving services, advocacy, and events.