Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of our academic community. You must always distinguish your own words and ideas from the words and ideas of others — including the authors of print or electronic sources, faculty members, classmates and friends.


Attention: Conduct that violates Academic Integrity

Failing to be academically honest can involve participation in conduct that violates the university’s academic integrity policy, or that provides unfair or undeserved academic advantage.

These activities include:

  • cheating through plagiarism (copying without citation or purposefully attributing a false reference)
  • collusion through unauthorized collaboration. Read more about collusion here.
  • submitting work that was written by someone else. Never be tempted to pay for someone outside your course to write an assignment for you. Not only will you miss the learning opportunity, but there is no way that someone who has not attended the same lessons and read the same course material as you can really understand the requirements that have been set. Your faculty member knows you, and they know your skills and the way in which you participate. No one else can replicate your individual ‘voice’.
  • misrepresenting facts or falsifying data (for example creating false statistics as a research outcome)
  • other activities or attempted activities that go against the principle of academic honesty (such as submitting the same written assignment for two courses without permission to do so or using parts of your own work again without citing – known as ‘duplication’). Some of these activities will be outlined in your program handbook as well as the Academic Integrity policy. It is sensible to be familiar with both.


However, there are some things that might be mistaken for academic dishonesty, which in fact are permissible. For example, it is fine to study with other students outside of the online class and share ideas or discuss your coursework. It is allowable to discuss your ideas about assignments that you are writing. It is permissible to use any source of information as background reading for your own general knowledge, rather than a source of a direct quotation or closely paraphrased section, without citing it. You are allowed to quote or paraphrase an Internet source, encyclopedia or other “easy” reference work, so long as you cite it as a source, use quotation marks when appropriate and reference the source. You should try to be reasonably sure of its reliability and authority if you are hoping to achieve a good grade based on the standard of your supporting material.


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