Integrity means living your life with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility, through good times and bad. Academic integrity is applying those same values to all academic pursuits, even in the face of challenge. Academic integrity applies to every member of the University, and acting with academic integrity helps preserve a community where:
- Competition is fair and honest work is rewarded
- Students are developing the personal and professional skills needed for success, like time management, effective research/writing, independent thinking, and ethical judgement
- Intellectual property is respected
- Our degrees continue to receive the respect and recognition they deserve
As a student from Canada or another part of the world, you will already have an idea of what academic integrity means from your previous studies. Although the concept is the same, the conventions around what constitutes academic dishonesty at university may be different. Be sure to inform yourself about what is required at U of T. You can do this by accessing resources at U of T like your course teaching assistant (TA) or instructor, your registrar, a learning strategist, the U of T Libraries and the Office of Student Academic Integrity (OSAI) website. Topics covered include how to cite appropriately, types of academic misconduct and other frequently asked questions. You may be interested in the Indigenous perspective: Seven Grandfathers in Academic Integrity (PDF).
International students can also connect with a transition advisor at the Centre for International Experience for additional support.
Helping to ensure that the University maintains its reputation for excellence and the highest level of integrity in all areas is the responsibility of everyone in the community – including you!