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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity involves following sound ethical, moral, and honest principles in your scholarly work. When you act with integrity, you know that your work is your own, that you earned the grades you received, and that you can be proud of your Laurier degree. Integrity extends beyond the classroom too. By acting with integrity in your academic work, you are practicing a valuable skill that will become a foundation of your professional work as well.

Academic misconduct, the term used for when individuals do not act with integrity in an academic setting, is defined in the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline:

Academic misconduct is an act by a student, or by students working on a team project, which may result in a false evaluation of the student(s), or which represents an attempt to unfairly gain an academic advantage, where the student either knew or ought reasonably to have known that it was misconduct. Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of academic misconduct. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it.”

Academic misconduct includes (but is not limited to):

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Submitting the same piece of work for more than one course without the instructor’s permission
  • Impersonating another person in a test or exam
  • Buying or otherwise obtaining term papers or assignments.
  • Falsifying, misrepresenting or forging an academic record or supporting document

These pages provide helpful information and resources to help you understand what academic misconduct is and how you can avoid it.