Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Academic Integrity for Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants (TAs) play a critical role at the University in creating an academic environment that promotes academic integrity, as well as frequently being one of the first to detect any breaches of integrity.

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (as articulated by the International Center for Academic Integrity, Clemson University) (ICAI), 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 (see Report on Principles and Priorities). Queen's students, faculty, administrators and staff therefore all have ethical responsibilities for supporting and upholding the fundamental values of academic integrity.

The academic integrity policy of the Queen’s University is available on the School of Graduate Studies website. Teaching assistants are advised to familiarize themselves with the academic integrity policy, understand the different types of departure from academic integrity, course of action, and remedies/sanctions permitted by University. Departures from academic integrity include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

Additional information can be found at the Academic Integrity @ Queen’s website. This site is a platform to discuss and promote the values of academic integrity within the Queen’s community. By navigating through this site, various tools and information is provided for course instructors/ faculty, students, and teaching assistants to enable them to incorporate the principles of academic integrity in their work, be it teaching or learning. Resources for Teaching Assistants are available through the Academic Integrity Website. Links are available on resources with guidelines on how to encourage and detect instances of academic integrity offenses. Forms of Academic Integrity Violations can also be found at Academic Integrity @ Queen’s.

Teaching Assistants can also access these online educational videos on academic integrity to understand the key constructs of the academic integrity and academic dishonesty:

It is advisable for TAs to talk to the course instructor at the beginning of the semester to discuss academic integrity, and or refer to Academic Integrity Procedures - Requirements for Faculties and Schools for more information.