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Academic Integrity: Students

Types of Academic Misconduct


  • Plagiarism is representing the words, ideas, research, or data created by, or belonging to, someone else as if it were your own.
  • Plagiarism may range from close imitation or paraphrasing the thoughts of another, to the submission of an entire academic work created by someone else.
  • All forms of plagiarism share a common element: material is being presented as the student’s original academic work, without acknowledgment, use of quotation marks, citations, or other references deemed appropriate by College staff.
  • Plagiarism also includes submitting the same work for credit in more than one course.
  • Students who want to submit work that was prepared for another course must first receive instructor permission.  

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  • The use or distribution, or the attempted use or distribution, of unauthorized materials, equipment, information, or study aids when engaged in academic work.
  • Cheating includes being in possession of unauthorized material during testing, behaviour such as copying from another student, impersonation of a student in an examination or test, disguising one’s own identity, or any other act by which a student attempts to misrepresent their demonstration of academic skills or knowledge. 

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False or Misleading Representation

  • Misrepresenting, exaggerating, withholding information or providing any false information for academic or financial benefit. 
  • It may involve disclosing false, or withholding accurate, information in communication with College staff during the course of a student’s studies, or in the application process.
  • It may involve falsifying research, data, or information submitted as academic work. It may further involve forging or falsifying official College documents, such as grade reports, transcripts or other records.

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Accommodation Under False Pretenses


  • Misrepresentation in order to receive any academic accommodation on disability-related or compassionate grounds.
  • This may include obtaining medical or other certificates under false or misleading pretenses, altering medical or other certificates, or presenting them in a manner meant to deceive to receive accommodation.


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  • Carrying out, or attempting to carry out, an agreement with any other person to commit an act of academic misconduct.




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Unauthorized Collaboration


  • Submitting academic work that was created in collaboration with any other person, when such collaboration did not have the instructor’s approval.




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  • The deliberate destruction, disruption or tampering of another person’s academic work or learning environment.



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