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Academic Integrity

We all know that academic integrity means not cheating, plagiarizing or engaging in other forms of academic dishonesty. So we know what it's not, but what is it?

According to Dr. Bill Taylor, academic integrity involves a system of interconnected rights and responsibilities. Our ability to succeed as students, as teachers, and as an institution depends on every person exercising their rights and living up to their responsibilities. The failure of any of us to do what is required to uphold academic integrity diminishes the opportunity for the rest of us to achieve our goals.

Academic Integrity is not a passive thing; academic integrity is a practice that requires action:

  • Preparation
    It requires that students, teachers, and TAs all come to class prepared to participate as needed by their role.
  • In Class
    It requires that teachers, TAs, and students take each other seriously and treat each other with respect, including showing up on time, participating and showing enthusiasm for the topic, making an effort to share what they know, and learn what they don't know.
  • Exams
    It requires that instructors ensure an even playing field during exams and that students write on their own.
  • Assignments
    It requires that instructors devise meaningful assignments to assess student work fairly and students make an honest effort to learn through those assignments, to work alone when required or together when required, and to cite all sources used.

From University of Alberta Library: Academic Integrity, 2020

Academic Integrity in Canadian Academic Culture