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Academic Integrity Tutorial: Learning Activities

Activity 1 - Understanding Academic Integrity Policy

Google Web Search

Google search the Academic Integrity Policy of one other Canadian University.

  1. Explore the links on the Integrity home page.
  2. Navigate to the information ‘For Students.'
  3. Determine how academic integrity policies are used to guide student behaviour.

Here are a few examples:

Brock University (ON)

"Academic integrity is more than just obeying the rules. How you conduct yourself on campus says a lot about the type of person you are, which speaks to your personal integrity. At Brock, academic integrity refers to your acknowledgement of and respect for the academic principles and behaviours that support the University’s mission."1

Concordia University (QC)

"Concordia University places the principle of academic integrity, that is, honesty, responsibility and fairness in all aspects of academic life, as one of its highest values."2

McGill University (QC)

"McGill is committed to preserving the highest standards of quality and fairness in teaching and research supervision. It is vital that you understand what honest work entails and what constitutes an offence — your academic career may well depend on it."3

Simon Fraser University (BC)

"Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University."4

Activity 2 - Understanding Your Rights

Knowing your rights means becoming familiar with the procedures that are in place to help you protect yourself in the event of an allegation. Much of the policy information regarding student conduct, both academic and non-academic, is available at the University of Saskatchewan Governance Office. If you are an undergraduate student, the USSU’s Academic Advocacy Office can help with interpreting the policy and, in the event of an allegation, can assist you with both formal and informal procedures. If you are a graduate student, the GSA Executive Committee is available to offer assistance.

Visit the Governance Office website and explore the information under the Student Conduct and Appeals tab. It provides valuable information about

  • the procedures in place that deal with the breaches of academic integrity, and
  • the forms required for
    • informal resolutions,
    • formal appeals, and
    • re-assessment requests if you feel dissatisfied with your grade.

When you feel comfortable and familiar with the information, complete the following drag and drop activity.

Activity 3 - Understanding Sanctions

1. "What is Academic Integrity." Brock University website. Accessed October 12, 2018.
2. "Academic Integrity." Concordia University website. Accessed October 12, 2018.
3. "Academic Rights and Responsibilities." MicGill University website. Accesses October 12, 2018.
4. "Academic Integrity." Simon Fraser University website. Accessed October 12, 2018.