4.1 University Policy
The University of Toronto places a strong emphasis on integrity in teaching and research. The University’s policies and procedures that deal with cases of cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct, are designed to protect the integrity of the institution and to maintain a community where competition is fair. Allegations of an academic offence are dealt with formally and seriously, and penalties can be severe if it is determined a student or faculty member has committed an academic offence.
All of the policies and procedures surrounding academic misconduct are dealt with in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (non academic behaviour is governed by the Code of Student Conduct). The preamble of the Code of Behaviour states:
4.2 Academic Offences
Academic offences are defined in Section B.i.1 of the Code, and include:
- Forgery - commonly forged documents include medical certificates, transcripts and diplomas.
- Possessing or using unauthorized aids or using unauthorized assistance - an unauthorized aid is anything which is brought into a test or exam which is not specifically allowed, including notes, calculators, and cell phones; unauthorized assistance refers to assistance from another person, unless permission has been given to work in pairs or groups.
- Personation - a student who writes a test or exam for another student, and a student who arranges for another student to write his/her test or exam, are committing personation.
- Plagiarism - presenting material in essays, assignments, and exams as if it is one's own is plagiarism.
- Submitting work for which credit has already been given, or is being sought, without the permission of the instructor.
- Concocting references or data - making up references or data is referred to as concocting; common examples include citing references which are false, or using data altered to reach a desired conclusion.
UTSC students and faculty are responsible for ensuring the integrity of their work, and for understanding what constitutes an academic offence. Students can find help in avoiding academic offences in the UTSC Library, the Writing Centre, the English Language Development Centre, and the Academic Advising & Career Centre. International students will also find help in the International Student Centre.
All members of the University are expected to respect the rules associated with academic integrity and the values they protect. For more information, visit the Office of Academic Integrity at UTSC.