Academic Integrity

The University of Manitoba takes academic integrity seriously. As a member of the International Centre for Academic Integrity, the University defines academic integrity as a commitment to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage (International Centre for Academic Integrity, 1999).

There are many University of Manitoba supports available to assist you in completing your studies with integrity. You can find more information on these supports, as well as useful tools and resources on the Academic Integrity website.

Ten Tips for Succeeding with Integrity

  1. Clarify assignment, classroom and lab expectations at the very beginning of the semester.
  2. Ensure that you are clear on what academic integrity means by reading course outlines, the Academic Integrity regulation and the Student Academic Misconduct procedure.
  3. Do not agree to sign in or collect another student’s participation marks in any way.
  4. Use a citation manager (i.e., Mendeley, Zotero, Papers) to keep track of your references and avoid unintentional plagiarism.
  5. Establish ground rules and expectations for dividing up the work at the very start of a group project.
  6. Make sure you understand the difference between quotations, paraphrases and summaries.
  7. Be aware of the appearance of cheating — sit far away from friends during tests or exams.
  8. Do not assume that the U of M’s rules are the same as your high school, college, or previous university—check for yourself.
  9. Be conscious of the influence you have on others in your lab or class. Set an example by being honest and transparent in everything you do.
  10. Know that academic integrity isn’t always black and white. Learn your campus supports: professors, teaching assistants, the Academic Learning Centre, Libraries, Student Advocacy and many others.

For more information visit: umanitoba.ca/academicintegrity

Academic Misconduct

As a student at the University of Manitoba, you are expected to know the rules around academic integrity and what constitutes academic misconduct. You can find more information on the six forms of academic misconduct in the Student Discipline Bylaw as well as on the Academic Integrity website.

Honesty Declaration Form

The Honesty Declaration Form required for each assignment and lab report states that you agree to refrain from copying material from any source, including tutors, and the internet. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Copying is cheating and constitutes plagiarism. You will be penalized under the Student Discipline Bylaw for Academic Dishonesty if you commit an offence.

For more information on what constitutes cheating and plagiarism, see the Faculty of Science resource webpage on Cheating and Plagiarism.  The penalties for academic dishonesty can be severe, ranging from a grade of zero in the assignment to suspension from the Faculty of Science for one year (and other penalties).

Each year the Office of Student Advocacy runs Academic Integrity Week. Use these resources.

If you are unsure, ASK YOUR COURSE INSTRUCTOR.  Your instructor will help you!