Avoiding academic misconduct requires carrying out your work with integrity. In general, academic integrity means that the evidence of learning you demonstrate on exams and the work you do on assignments, papers and projects is genuinely yours, and not produced in a fraudulent manner. University learning builds on a foundation of knowledge from other people; learning how to use that knowledge, recognize it correctly, and add your own perspective are the reasons you are here. It can be tricky to figure out, but if you use authenticity as your guiding principle and ask for help when you are uncertain of the best course of action, you can maintain integrity in your academic practice.
Visit the Academic Success Centre's resources for information and individual assistance in maintaining academic integrity. Below are a few other resources and tips:
Identify academic misconduct
Familiarize yourself with the UFV Academic Misconduct Policy (70) so you are aware of the different types of misconducts and the potential penalties.
Ask for help
Ask your instructor if you have questions related to working collaboratively, citing and selecting sources, sharing notes, and so on. If you are uncertain if you are violating the Academic Misconduct Policy, seek advice from your instructor. You can also receive further assistance from department or program heads, and the Academic Success Centre.
Get a tutor
Access writing resources or meet with a tutor in UFV’s Academic Success Centre to get help with referencing and citing, while following styles such as APA or MLA.
Research plagiarism resources
Visit the UFV library to research plagiarism resources related to citing, detecting plagiarism, copyright, and style guides.
Visit the ESL Help Centre
Contact the ESL Help Centre for help with English learning tools and other related questions.
Manage your stress
Visit UFV's Counselling department to learn effective strategies for studying, managing time, and dealing with stress.
Encourage your fellow students in the importance of academic integrity and refer them to the above resources.