Academic integrity

Academic integrity means being responsible for the quality of your work, preparing it honestly and respecting the intellectual community you are part of as a student. It is a core value in all scholarly work.

Academic fraud refers to “an act by a student that may result in a false academic evaluation of that student or of another student” (Regulation 14 - Academic Fraud). Here are some examples:

  • Submitting work prepared by someone else or for someone else
  • Using work you have previously submitted for another course, without your professor’s permission
  • Falsifying or making up information or data
  • Falsifying an academic evaluation
  • Submitting work you have purchased on the Internet
  • Plagiarizing (see below) ideas or facts from others

Plagiarism means using words, sentences, ideas and facts you have gotten from others and passing them off as yours, by failing to quote or reference them correctly. Plagiarism comes in many forms, including the following:

  • Failing to place words or sentences you have taken from other authors in quotation marks (“…”)
  • “Copying and pasting” information found on the Internet without providing a reference
  • Translating texts without providing a reference for their sources and placing the translated text within quotation marks
  • Not providing a reference for a paraphrase or a summary

All new undergraduate students must pass a mandatory training on academic integrity in their first term after being admitted to uOttawa.

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine (other than those in the Translational and Molecular Medicine program) are exempt since they take different, though equivalent, training.

We encourage you to learn more about academic integrity at uOttawa and the mandatory training .

Academic integrity is a value that is fundamental to all scholarly activity. Every member of the University community has the moral obligation to learn and share knowledge with honesty and integrity. Students should be proud to show their diploma, knowing that they’ve earned it honestly and by respecting the principles of academic integrity.

Because academic integrity is so important, the University has taken steps to promote it. This website was designed specifically to provide both students and faculty members with information and tools to help them identify and avoid the pitfalls of academic fraud, as well as to understand its consequences.

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