Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

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Do's and Don'ts


  • Understand the various forms of academic dishonesty
  • Properly cite any resources that you have used using the correct style (APA, MLA, etc.) when paraphrasing, summarize the author's ideas with your own words
  • Report someone you suspect of academic misconduct to your instructor
  • Talk to your instructor when you are unsure of any aspects regarding academic integrity (eg. citation, cheating, sources); they will be happy to answer your questions
  • Go to workshops offered at the Writing Centre for help on writing essays and referencing
  • Start your assignments early
  • Keep your eyes on your own paper during tests and exams


  • Buy essays off the internet, even if it is 'original', it is NOT your own work
  • Think you can get away with improper citations; give credit every time and everywhere when needed
  • Forge data in your research to support your hypothesis
  • Put down others' ideas in group discussions
  • Accept someone's offer to do independent work together if it makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Use essays and work from other classes without first receiving the permission of your professor
  • Bring in a calculator of a different model calculator than the one designated to use during exams or where calculators are not allowed

This list is for educational and informative purposes only. It is not an exhaustive list of all possible academic departures.