Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Developing a Culture of Integrity

Queen's is working to build a culture of integrity across campus. Several key resources are supporting this endeavour:

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  • Policies and procedures for educators and students (OVP Teaching & Learning, Academic Integrity website)  
  • Ethical standards for research and compliance processes (University Research Services, Research Integrity website)
  • Educational resources for faculty and Teaching Assistants (CTL, Academic Integrity website)
  • Student resources related to academic integrity and plagiarism (Student Academic Success Services website)

A standard description of academic integrity is included in all Queen's courses and materials:

Academic integrity is constituted by the six core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage (as articulated by the Centre for Academic Integrity) all of which are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University. Queen's students, faculty, administrators and staff therefore all have ethical responsibilities for supporting and upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity.

Queen's defines academic integrity as "... more than a mechanism for punitive action against those who depart from it, but is a means of promoting original scholarly work by ensuring students and faculty members have the tools, resources, and knowledge to complete their work with integrity" (Queen's Academic Integrity website). Each Faculty is responsible for outlining their own specific academic integrity policies and procedures based on the guiding principles outlined in the Policy Statement on AI.