Common Misconceptions

Common Misconceptions

An academic integrity offence is commonly believed to be cheating on a test (e.g., copying answers from another student’s paper, using unauthorized materials such as a cellphone) or plagiarizing (e.g., cutting and pasting from the Internet without documenting the source). However, an academic integrity offence involves more than just the above.

Am I Cheating?

  • scenario 1
    Scenario 1
    J is taking a test in a large classroom. The professor is busy talking to another student and is not watching the class. J checks to see if she is not looking and then quietly asks his friend sitting next to him if the answer "c" is the correct answer for a question. His friend nods yes.
    Is J cheating?
    Is his friend cheating?

Lesser known examples of academic misconduct:

Failure to cite the sources listed at the end of your assignment within the written portion of your assignment is a form of academic misconduct. You must show where your research has been used in your written work in order for your professor to accurately assess and provide meaningful feedback about how well you have applied the knowledge you have developed. Show where you have used ideas from your research by providing in-text citations that refer to the sources you have listed at the end of your assignment.

When you cut-and-paste word for word from your research and cite your source in the written portion of your essay, neglecting to use quotation marks around the copied text misleads your professor to think that you have paraphrased the original source in your own words. This prevents your professor from providing meaningful feedback on your research and communication skills.

It’s okay to ask for help, but if the work you submit has been significantly edited or altered by someone else or through an online tool (e.g., Grammarly, online editing or essay service, paid tutoring service, a friend), to the point that it does not represent your skill level, then you have bypassed the learning process and negated your professor’s ability to provide meaningful and accurate feedback on your skill level.

We all want to help each other to succeed but if someone who is enrolled in a course that you took asks for your assignment and you share it (either physically or digitally), then you are committing an act of academic misconduct.

Research involves collection, analysis and interpretation of published information or data. When this information is not accurately represented in your academic work, such as falsifying the information or fabricating the information, this is an act of academic misconduct.