Academic Integrity - What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
Academic Integrity at Fanshawe College
Academic Integrity means holding yourself and others accountable for consistently performing all academic work with honesty and integrity and is integral to the academic mission at Fanshawe College. Faculty and students have the responsibility to uphold academic integrity and have the right to appeal any decision related to an academic offence.
Examples of an Academic Offence
- Plagiarism - Claiming to have completed assigned tasks that were, in fact, completed by another person. Using or plagiarizing materials or works, in whole or in part, prepared by another person without citing appropriate reference credit. For example, including a quotation taken from a website, textbook, etc. without citing the proper source.
- Submitting the same assignment, essay, project, etc. multiple times for evaluation or marking.
- Submitting, in whole or in part, electronic files or data created by another person without the instructor's permission.
- Submitting, in whole or in part, work created by the author to instructors in more than one course without prior permission.
- Using unauthorized materials/aids on coursework or assignments.
- Allowing another individual to take a test in one's place.
- Falsifying Records - Altering or falsifying academic records in any way or submitting false documentation for academic purposes.
- Helping someone else commit an offence. For example, providing them with assignments or coursework to copy.
- Cheating on exams.
- Misrepresenting the reasons for an assignment or examination deferral request.
- Improperly obtaining through theft, bribery, collusion, or otherwise any test or examination paper prior to the date and time for writing such test or examination.
Penalties for an Academic Offence
Academic Integrity offences are not taken lightly at Fanshawe College. A student who is caught can receive a Formal Warning (with or without consequential acts) and/or depending on the severity of the offence a Penalty which can include; needing to redo work, a mark of zero, failing the course, suspension, expulsion and/or rescind credentials. A student can receive 3 Penalties during their time at Fanshawe with the third penalty being expulsion. That is why students must take precautionary measures in their coursework to ensure academic integrity is being upheld.
Fanshawe College Policies - Academic Integrity
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Any Questions? Contact the FSU
Contact Sarah Machado Acuña, FSU Advocacy and Communications Coordinator, if you have any questions:
FSU Office - SC 1000
519.452.4109 ext. 16341
Several times a year, the FSU teams up with the Office of the Ombuds, Academic Integrity Office, and Fanshawe Library Learning Commons for academic integrity-related events, as follows:
Donut Cheat! (Do-Not-Cheat)
An event that happens every term where students are given information on the topic, asked a trivia question about Academic Integrity, and then they receive free donuts - an edible donut, and/or a stress ball shaped like a donut.
Academic Integrity Videos
Think outside the bot
Problem: Using AI tools such as ChatGPT and Midjourney for assignments and projects may seem like a quick solution, but it can lead to academic offences.
Solution: Ask your professors if AI tools are allowed and use them only with permission. Remember, there are no shortcuts to success.
Benefits: By avoiding AI tools, you will learn to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which will be invaluable in your future career.