Understand the course expectations
While some expectations always apply (e.g., citing your sources), others can vary by course and assessment. Check the syllabus and read the assignment instructions. When in doubt, ask the professor, lab instructor or teaching assistant.
Here are a few examples of situations that may arise in your courses, with full descriptions in the "How to work with integrity" section:
- Individual work
- Group work
- Open book exam
- Closed book exam
- Discord, Chegg
Getting organized and prepared early (e.g., studying, drafting essay outlines) will reduce the temptation and pressure to engage in academic misconduct.
The Growth & Goals training module can help you make a plan and learn more effectively. Adapt the work plan as you like. Just fill it out, post it in a prominent place and revisit it regularly.
Behind on your studying or assignments? Feeling the pressure to commit academic misconduct? Talk to your professor! See if an extension or alternate assessment is possible.
Whatever happens, have the courage to maintain your academic integrity and keep working authentically.
Services are available to support you!
It’s okay to ask questions! Many uOttawa services are here to help you. They include the Academic Writing Help Centre and you can also get support through the library.
Remember: You're preparing for your career!
Keep working to uphold the six values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. There’s a good reason one of them is courage!
As you build your academic integrity skills, you’ll be well on your way to developing uOCompetencies, the skills uOttawa believes every student should graduate with.