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Academic Integrity for Students

Student life is complex. Not only must students get used to a complex academic environment where they are largely responsible for their own learning, many disciplines and professors have different requirements about how assignments should be researched, prepared and referenced. Students often feel they have not been adequately prepared to negotiate these conflicting demands.

The best way to cope with the pressure of your responsibilities as a student is to develop strong academic skills, which includes ensuring that you understand and adhere to the principles of academic integrity. To avoid the possibility of committing an academic offense, ensure that you:

  1. Understand York's Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. Ignorance of this Policy is not an acceptable excuse for academic misconduct.
  2. Produce honest academic work. For instance, this means that you must always reference all your sources in your written work, including those from the internet.
  3. Consult your instructor if you are unsure whether a certain course of action is acceptable.
  4. Discourage others from violating standards of academic integrity.

The following links will assist you in gaining a better understanding of academic integrity and point you to resources at York that can help you improve your writing and research skills: