Academic Integrity

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. In addition, maintaining the values of academic integrity protects the value of the University of Toronto degree.

The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters [PDF] protects academic integrity at the University. Some examples of offences that are sanctioned under the Code include:

  • Plagiarism - Using the words or ideas of another person without citing the source
  • Unauthorized Aids - Using unauthorized aids, which could be considered cheating on tests and exams
  • Unauthorized Assistance - Having someone else do the work for you
  • Forgery or falsification - Making a false statement, presenting a false document or signing someone else’s name on a document required by the University.
  • Personation - Having someone else write an exam for you or writing an exam for someone else
  • Concocting - Using false data or providing false references
  • Self- Plagiarism - Submitting work for credit in a course when you have submitted it in another course

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