Academic Integrity Matters, but what is it exactly?

The term "Academic integrity" describes the values that are essential to the pursuit of scholarship and participation in an educational community: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. In order for ideas to develop and thrive, there needs to be an open conversation among faculty, students and staff that clearly acknowledges the ideas expressed by each contributor.  All members of the university community must create and support an environment that fosters academic integrity. 

THE CODE IN BRIEF lists the offences under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters and some real-world examples of what those offences have been.

THE CODE IN BRIEF

These are the offences in the Code:

… and these are a few examples of each offence

B.I.1 It shall be an offence for a student knowingly…

 

  1. To forge or in any other way alter or falsify any document or evidence required by the University, or to utter, circulate or make use of any such forged, altered or falsified document, whether the record be in print or electronic form;
  • Submitting a forged medical note or VSII form saying that you saw a doctor for an illness in support of a petition.
  • Changing grades on your transcript.
  1. To use or possess an unauthorized aid or aids or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work;
  • Using a tutoring service, grammar help or a friend to significantly change your essay in content or length
  • Possessing a cell phone during a term test or examination.
  1. To personate another person, or to have another person personate, at any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work;
  • Having someone else write an exam for you or writing an examination for someone else.
  1. To represent as one’s own any idea or expression of an idea or work of another in any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work, i.e. to commit plagiarism (for a more detailed account of plagiarism, see Appendix “A” of the Code);
  • Using someone else’s words or ideas without a reference and without appropriate use of paraphrase and/or quotation marks.
  1. To submit, with the knowledge and approval of the instructor to whom it is submitted, any academic work for which credit has previously been obtained or is being sought in another course or program of study in the University or elsewhere;
  • Handing in an assignment or part of an essay for one course for which you already got a grade in another course.
  1. To submit any academic work contained a purported statement of fact or reference to a source which has been concocted.
  • Making up references or data.

Furthermore, section B. I. 3. B: states:

“It shall be an offence for a faculty member or student alike knowingly to engage in any form of cheating, academic dishonesty or misconduct, fraud or misrepresentation not herein otherwise described in other to obtain academic credit or other academic advantage of any kind.”

Taken from the University of Toronto Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters - Prepared by N. Panchal, UTSC Office of Academic Integrity, 2016.

For more information see the Academic Integrity (AI) Tipsheet.

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