Academic Integrity Course

Academic Integrity
UNIV 7100* Academic Integrity For Graduate Students

All University of Guelph students registering/entering the first semester of their graduate program or returning to their program following a withdrawal will be enrolled in UNIV 7100*Academic Integrity for Graduate Students. There is no need to add this course on WebAdvisor, as it will be automatically added. Access to this on-line course will begin on the first day of scheduled classes for the semester. For full details on the Academic Integrity Course you may wish to reference the Academic Integrity Course Guide.

Objectives of the course

In Academic Integrity for Graduate Students, students will learn:

1. The University of Guelph’s Academic Misconduct policy and where to find more information about the regulations it entails as well as procedures that are followed when allegations of Academic Misconduct arise.

2. What constitutes academic misconduct, including—but not limited to—the following (as defined in the Graduate Calendar):

3. The causes of academic misconduct and how to prevent it.

4. How to properly paraphrase/integrate source material without plagiarizing.

5. How to recognize when information must be cited.

6. Where to find more help with citing, referencing, and other academic integrity questions.

Reason for this Course Offering

This course is being offered to all entering graduate students to help ensure that they are aware of the University’s expectations regarding academic integrity. The course also aims to provide practical advice and examples to help students learn how to recognize academic misconduct and avoid it in their own work. Academic integrity is fundamental to the University of Guelph’s educational mission. 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 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies has identified the ability to demonstrate ethical values and practice as one of the requisite professional skills all graduate students should possess. Understanding and demonstrating academic integrity are qualities that should be expected of all graduates earning advanced degrees at the University of Guelph.

Graduate students who are found guilty of academic misconduct are typically students who did not intend to commit academic misconduct and did so out of lack of understanding of the concepts and practices upon which academic integrity is judged. Lack of understanding of these practices is a common source of anxiety for graduate students, many of whom fear they will accidentally commit plagiarism or another form of academic misconduct. This course will help ensure that all graduate students have a good understanding of academic integrity and the related policies and expectations at the University of Guelph.

The benefits of instituting a mandatory academic integrity tutorial include:

  • Increased awareness among graduate students about how to prevent academic misconduct;
  • Reduced reliance on faculty members and writing staff to tutor students on how to prevent or remedy academic misconduct; and
  • Increased confidence that all graduates of advanced studies will act with a professional level of integrity.