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Understanding Academic Integrity

To ensure you maintain your academic integrity, please take time to fully understand what it means.

Expectations of Students

The University's expectations regarding student conduct, both generally and with respect to academic studies, are outlined on and in the following section:

Academic Misconduct

Cheating in examinations, plagiarism (using others' ideas without acknowledgement), giving false information to University staff to gain an academic advantage, downloading an assignment from the Internet, and writing an examination on behalf of someone else are examples of academic misconduct. All forms of academic misconduct are unacceptable in the University, and are subject to penalties. The Undergraduate Calendar § gives a complete list of definitions and actions that are considered to be academic misconduct.

Penalties for Academic Misconduct

The possible penalties for academic misconduct, depending on its nature and whether or not there have been previous occurrences, include a warning, a reduction in the grade for an assignment, a grade of XF (academic misconduct) in a course, loss and/or repayment of scholarships and other awards, suspension (dismissal for a fixed time), expulsion (dismissal indefinitely), and the withholding or rescinding of a degree. A grade of XF, suspension, and expulsion appear on the official transcript.

All penalties may be appealed to the Council Discipline Committee.

Student Behaviour and Related Policies

Consideration for others and respect for each person are important principles within the University community. All students, academic staff, support staff and administrators must be able to work and study in an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and intimidation. As well, all members of the community are entitled to fair and humane treatment. The University expects that students will therefore conduct themselves appropriately, respectfully and responsibly.

Non-Academic Misconduct

Actions such as harassment or intimidation of another student or a member of the University's staff, disruption of classes, theft, damage to property, vandalism, and assault are considered non-academic misconduct. In addition to being subject to University penalties, some may incur criminal prosecution. Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar §5.14.3 for a complete description of non-academic misconduct.

If you are the victim of an act of misconduct, please contact Campus Security at 585-4999, or, for an act of harassment, discrimination and conflict contact Resolution Services (585-5400).

Penalties for Non-Academic Misconduct

The possible penalties for non-academic misconduct include a warning, a fine or restitution, restricted access to facilities, probation, suspension (dismissal for a fixed time), banned from campus and expulsion (dismissal indefinitely). Suspension and expulsion appear on the official transcript.

All penalties may be appealed to the Council Discipline Committee.