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Academic Integrity

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity has multiple definitions, traditionally focusing on negative aspects such as plagiarism and cheating. More recent research takes a more holistic and positive view of academic integrity, merging the term with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility in learning, teaching, and research. 

In simplest terms, it requires acknowledging the contributions of other people through citing their work. Failure to provide such acknowledgment is considered plagiarism.

How Do You Maintain Academic Integrity? 

  • Truthfully report your research 

  • Acknowledge where the information you use comes from 

  • Use information appropriately, according to copyright and privacy laws

  • Do not present other people's work as your own 

  • Act in an ethical manner in all your academic endeavors

Turner, M. (n.d.). LibGuides: Academic integrity: Academic integrity. Retrieved September 10, 2020, from

What Constitutes Academic Dishonesty?

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Plagiarism, cheating in exams or assignments, impersonation in exams, collusion, theft of another student’s work, sabotage of another student’s learning/assessment, paying a third party for assignments, downloading whole assignments (or parts of assignments) from the Internet (including file-sharing sites), falsification of data, misrepresentation of records, and fraudulent research and publishing practices (Bretag, 2019). 


Simply put, plagiarism is the process of taking other people’s words and/or ideas and pretending that they are your own. 


Cheating is defined as fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment. 

Fabrication or Falsifying:

Fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information, i.e., creating results not obtained in a study or laboratory experiment. Falsification, on the other hand, involves deliberately altering or changing results to suit one’s needs in an experiment or other academic exercise.


Collusion is the unauthorized collaboration on work (written, oral, or practical) that should be done individually.

Adapted from:

Bretag, T., Harper, R., Burton, M., Ellis, C., Newton, P., Rozenberg, P., et al. (2019). Contract cheating: A survey of Australian university students. Studies in Higher Education, 44(11), 1-20. doi:10.1080/03075079.2018.1462788

The University of Colorado Denver, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. (2017). Definition of Academic Dishonesty.

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