What is Academic Integrity?
Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in this academic community, to which you now belong, by upholding the rules and regulations for academic conduct.
What Constitutes an Academic Offence at U of T?
- Plagiarism: presenting as your own the work, ideas, or words of another, even by accident.
- Purchasing a paper and submitting it as your own work.
- Including false or misleading references in your work.
- Submitting work twice—for the same, or a different, course—without obtaining permission from your instructor
- Working too closely with another student on an individual assignment.
- Revealing or asking another student to reveal the content of a test, examination, assignment, or lab report on a chat group, social networking site, or by any other means.
- Altering a graded assignment and submitting it for regrading.
- Possessing an unauthorized aid in any test or exam: this includes cell phones and PDAs!
- Using an unauthorized aid for any assignment.
- Altering or falsifying any documentation required by the University, including medical notes.
- Misrepresenting the reasons for missing a test or examination.
- Forging, altering, or falsifying your academic record/transcript.
- Assisting another student to commit an offence.
- Doing anything to gain unearned academic advantage.
Why Do We Have These Rules?
- To keep things fair for all students.
- To help you develop skills you will need to succeed outside the University: time management, effective research/writing, independent thinking, and ethical judgement.
- To protect the value and reputation of U of T degrees.
- To promote, develop, and uphold respect for the intellectual property of others.
Why Should I Care?
- You are now part of the University community and have responsibilities to others in this community.
- You work hard for your marks. Other students should too.
- You can face severe consequences for committing an offence: failure in a course, suspension, or expulsion.
- You could put your program of study, graduate school, or a job at risk.
Where Can I get Help or Advice?
Top 5 Ways to Avoid Academic Misconduct:
1. Take your University experience seriously.
Make your time here count; you have earned it.
Think about why you are here and what you want to get out of your university experience.
Think about what you want to learn, why you want to learn it, and how you want to go about doing so.
Develop the skills you will need to excel in your chosen profession. Always doing things in a group, relying on the help of others, or copying directly from your friends won’t teach you to you think independently or to solve problems on your own.
2. Familiarize yourself with the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.
You are now a U of T student and you are expected to know the rules found in the Code and adhere to them. Not knowing the rules isn’t an excuse.
3. Recognize that there will be tough times ahead and challenges to face. You may be tempted to take a short-cut, be sloppy, or cheat. Plan ahead and decide now that you won’t give in to temptation.
Know your deadlines and manage your time.
Always do your own work and don’t rely on other students for help.
Know that you always have choices: ask for an extension, hand in a paper late, or don’t submit it at all.
Establish a relationship with your college registrar who is there to help you.
4. If in doubt, ask for assistance. You are here to learn, and the university community is here to help you with your goals.
If you aren’t sure how to use footnotes, or how to paraphrase something, ask your instructor, teaching assistant, or college writing centre for help.
If you don’t know if you are allowed a calculator on a test, ask your instructor.
If you miss a test and don’t think you have a good reason, don’t make one up or get a fake medical note – instead, ask your college registrar for advice.
If you aren’t sure if it is okay to work with a friend on an assignment, ask your instructor or teaching assistant what is permitted.
5. Ensure you know how to take notes, paraphrase, and reference properly.
When taking notes, always immediately record the source of your material and indicate with quotation marks or a different colour if you copy material—it is easy to cut and paste things from the internet and forget where they came from or which words are yours and which are those of someone else.
If you use the words of another person, a citation isn’t enough: you need to place the words in quotation marks.
Don’t try and hide questionable internet research (e.g., Wikipedia) or sloppy note taking by providing a false reference to an academic journal or book.
Office of Student Academic Integrity (OSAI)
Faculty of Arts & Science