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Academic Dishonesty

All students are required to familiarize themselves with the Faculty of Arts regulations regarding academic dishonesty. Assignments which violate these regulations will be subject to serious penalties.


A central purpose of the university is to teach students to think independently and critically. Cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty run counter to this purpose and violate the ethical and intellectual principles of the university; they are therefore subject to severe penalties. The definitions of academic dishonesty are set out below:


The following list of offences is not exhaustive; consult also the definitions contained in the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty (link below).

Plagiarism: presentation of work as one's own which originates from some other, unacknowledged source. In examinations, term papers and other graded assignments, verbatim or almost verbatim presentation of someone else's work without attribution constitutes plagiarism. This is deemed to include the presentation of someone else's argument in the student's own words as if it were her or his own, without acknowledgement.


i) the unauthorized giving or receiving or utilizing, or attempt at giving or obtaining or utilizing, of information or assistance during an examination (References to examinations also include tests);

ii) the unauthorized obtaining or conveying, or attempt at obtaining or conveying, of examination questions;

iii) giving or receiving assistance on an essay or assignment which goes beyond that sanctioned by the instructor (this includes the buying and selling, and attempt at buying or selling, essays and/or research assistance relating to course assignments);

iv) impersonating someone else or causing or allowing oneself to be impersonated in an examination, or knowingly availing oneself of the results of impersonation;

v) presenting a single piece of work in more than one course without the permission of the instructors involved.

Other forms of Academic Dishonesty: include making false claims or statements, submitting false information, altering official documents or records or attempting or causing others to do or attempt any of the above, so as to mislead an instructor or an academic unit, program, office, or committee as to a student's academic status, qualifications, actions or preparation.

NOTE: If students are uncertain whether a course of action might constitute cheating or plagiarism, they should consult the instructor(s) concerned in advance.


Academic dishonesty: definitions, procedures, and penalties:

On-Line Academic Integrity Tutorial:

Faculty of Arts:

Division of Social Science:

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