There are seven broad categories of academic integrity violations. It is important to fully understand what may be considered under these various types in order to prevent a violation from occuring.
Note: This is not intended to be a comprehensive list and as policy changes and adapts to new technologies other forms of violations may be added.
Aiding academic dishonesty is when you help someone else to complete their assignments or tests and/or fail to acknowledge that you know someone else is committing an academic integrity violation.
Cheating can be defined as the use of unauthorized devices or other aids during academic assessments and/or copying another student's work to gain an unfair advantage over others.
Honesty is a fundamental value of academic integrity and requires that all students act in an honest behaviour at the College. If you remain organized with good time management skills, you will not find yourself in a position to make this mistake. In the event you do fall behind or need help, all you need to do is ask. There are several services available to help you at the college.
Contract cheating comes in a variety of forms where there is a monetary or non-monetary exchange for work. Examples include having someone else
Copyright Infringement is the use of any work protected by Canadian or International Copyright Law without the explicit permission or right to use the work.
Always make sure you are purchasing/using legitimate copies of materials. While students do have limited rights to copy excerpts of materials for their own personal study, it is important to know there are limits and penalties for going beyond those limits. If in doubt, library staff are well versed in copyright law and can assist you in navigating through what materials and portions of materials can be copied.
Forgery is defined as an act of producing a copy of a document or signature for which you are not legally entitled to create/sign, and in some cases could be considered a criminal offense.
Ensure you keep track of all documentation required for your program and the applicable deadlines. Proper time management and organization are sure ways to keep ahead of deadlines and prevent you from making a mistake like this that could come with significant consequences.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, plagiarism is "the action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own".
Whether or not the action is done intentionally or unintentionally there are severe consequences that may occur. Always give credit where credit is due!
Sabotage can be defined as any act that intentionally hinders the academic success of another student or group of students.
Violations made with intent, such as sabotage, may come with higher-level sanctions that will affect your own academic succession and/or progression at the College.
Unauthorized Collaboration can be defined as working with one or more individuals to complete required coursework without the permission of your faculty.
With the increase of social media platforms and venues, it is important to recognize what is considered appropriate academic behaviour in an online environment. Before posting, commenting, or sharing information about your academic work, be sure you understand the potential risks involved in doing so.
These are all tough questions, and you may not always have the answers. First and foremost ensure you understand the assignment and ask your faculty member if it is okay to seek help from others, or for you to give help to others in your class.