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Understanding Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Students at the University of Guelph-Humber are expected to adhere to the highest standards of behaviour and abide by the University’s policy on academic misconduct. As an instructor, you have the responsibility of supporting an learning environment of academic integrity. 

A violation of academic integrity includes: 

  • Plagiarism; Misappropriation of others’ work
  • Copying others quizzes, tests, or examination answers
  • Collaborating on assignments without permission and using ideas without appropriate acknowledgement 
  • Fabricating or falsifiying data and documents (i.e., medical notes, reports, records)
  • Engaging in other forms of deceit and abetting others

If a violation is suspected:

  • You are responsible for gathering all relevant information and evidence, including any special circumstances to support the suspicion. You may invite the student to meet with you to discuss the concerns.
  • You must report the violation to the program head to determine whether the offence evidence merits a formal complaint.
  • If a formal complaint is determined, make the complaint in writing, and have it signed by the program head. Once the written complaint is signed, the program head will forward it to the Office of the Vice-Provost.
  • The Associate Vice-Provost, Academic will take the initiative in determining whether to proceed with a complaint, interview the student(s) and assess the situation.

If it is determined that a student has acted dishonestly, or if the student has admitted to the charges, an appropriate course of action will be imposed. Withdrawing from a course will not prevent the Vice-Provost from imposing or recommending a course of action.

For more information, please reference the University of Guelph-Humber Academic Calendar.