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Academic Integrity at Queen's

As a member of the Centre for Academic Integrity (CAI), Queen's subscribes to the definition of academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. All members of the academic community - faculty, staff, and students - are expected to uphold these values, which are fundamental to the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" upon which the educational environment at Queen's depends.

Any behaviour that compromises these values is considered a departure from academic integrity and is subject to remedies or sanctions as established by Queen's School of Business and Queen's University.

Queen's students, faculty, administrators and staff therefore all have ethical responsibilities for supporting and upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity.

Departures from Academic Integrity

A departure from academic integrity includes plagiarism as well as any deliberate attempt to gain unfair advantage academically for oneself or others. All forms of departure from academic integrity are considered serious offences within the University community. The following defines the domain of relevant acts without providing an exhaustive list.

Plagiarism: allowing it to be thought that another's ideas or phrasings are one's own by failing to provide proper acknowledgement. For advice on avoiding plagiarism, click here.

Examples:
  • copying and pasting from the Internet
  • copying a printed source or other resource without proper acknowledgement
  • copying from another student
  • using direct quotations or large sections of paraphrased material in an assignment without appropriate acknowledgement
  • buying term papers or other assignments and submitting them as one's own
  • submitting the same piece of work in more than one course without the permission of the instructors
  • obtaining a copy of a test or exam from an earlier section of the course and writing the same test or exam later in the day or subsequent days

Use of unauthorized materials

Examples:

  • possessing or using unauthorized study materials or aids during a test
  • copying from another's test paper
  • using an unauthorized calculator or other aids during a test
  • unauthorized removal of materials from the library, or deliberate concealment of library materials.

Facilitation: enabling another's breach of academic integrity)

Examples:

  • making information available to another student, such as knowingly allowing one's essay or assignment to be copied by someone else, giving a copy of a test or exam to a student writing the same test or exam later in the day or subsequent days
  • selling term papers or other assignments
  • knowingly assisting another person to conceal his or her departure from academic integrity

Forgery: utilizing counterfeit documents or statements.
Example: creating a transcript or other official document.

Falsification: misrepresentation of one's self, one's work or one's relation to the University

Examples:

  • altering transcripts or other official documents relating to student records
  • impersonating someone in an examination or test
  • submitting a take-home examination written, in whole or in part, by someone else
  • fabricating or falsifying research data or source material (whether by commission or by omission)
  • allowing someone else to do research work without the knowledge and approval of the instructor
  • fabricating or falsifying research data
  • failing to appropriately recognize contributions of others
  • attributing authorship of work to persons other than those who have contributed to the work in a meaningful way.

Individual instructors or Program Directors should point out to students, in writing, any areas of specific concern not covered above.

Students are encouraged to consult instructors if they are unsure of the standards of academic integrity appropriate to an academic program, course, or activity.

Sanctions for Departures from Academic Integrity

Any student who is found to have committed a departure from academic integrity may face a range of sanctions, from receiving a grade of zero on the assignment to a recommendation to Queen's Senate that the student be required to withdraw from the University for a period of time, or even that a degree be rescinded.

For consultation and support, students may contact Queen's Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Office at http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/disputeresolution/helplines.html.


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