Like all social activities, the success of the academic enterprise is dependent on mutual trust among its members. My commitment to you, my students, is to teach in a scholarly manner and evaluate your academic work fairly. Likewise I expect you to conduct your academic affairs with integrity.
A summary statement on academic misconduct from the Undergraduate Calendar is copied below. This statement along with a detailed description of what constitutes academic misconduct can be viewed at: http://www.uoguelph.ca/undergrad_calendar/08_amisconduct.shtml
Please visit this URL and make yourself aware of University Policy on Academic Misconduct. Also copied below, is a statement issued by a former Associate Dean of OAC, Tom Michaels, which provides helpful clarification on what constitutes academic integrity.
Academic misconduct is behaviour that erodes the basis of mutual trust on which scholarly exchanges commonly rest, undermines the University's exercise of its responsibility to evaluate students' academic achievements, or restricts the University's ability to accomplish its learning objectives.
The University takes a serious view of academic misconduct and will severely penalize students, faculty and staff who are found guilty of offences associated with academic dishonesty, misrepresentation of personal performance, restrictions of equal opportunities for access to scholarly resources, and damage to the integrity of scholarly exchanges. The Senate of the University has adopted a number of policies that govern such offences, including: the Student Academic Misconduct Policy, the Research Misconduct Policy, and the Student Rights and Responsibilities Regulations. These policies will be strictly enforced.
It is the responsibility of University of Guelph faculty, students, and staff to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent such offences from occurring. Furthermore, all members of the community, students, faculty and staff have the specific responsibility of initiating appropriate action in all instances where academic misconduct is believed to have taken place. This responsibility includes giving due consideration to the deterrent effect of reporting such offences when they do occur, making one's disapproval of such behaviour obvious, and helping to ensure that the university community does nothing to encourage or facilitate academic misconduct.
A sample statement that may be used, for example, in first classes - Academic Faithfulness