Academic Integrity

Academic integrity refers to the values on which good academic work are founded and include honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the College community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

Integrity in academic work is central to learning, and forms a basis of intellectual pursuits in any institute of higher learning. It is is fundamental to academic endeavors at every post-secondary institution, and is reflected in the value of the graduating credential. Academic integrity is expected and required in all settings, whether on campus or at an off-site location such as a practicum, a co-op site, during on-line courses or when undertaking academic work from home.

What is Integrity?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, integrity, in a moral sense, is:

  • Soundness of moral principle.
  • The character of uncorrupted virtue, especially in relation to truth and fair dealing.
  • Uprightness, honesty, sincerity.

In other words, having integrity means being the best one can be and demonstrating that principle through one’s actions.

Why is Academic Integrity Important?

  • The acquisition of meaningful knowledge is predicated on the principle of honesty in the pursuit of truth.
  • Meaningful knowledge can only be acquired by the individual.
  • To be assessed on learning and knowledge, a student must demonstrate that they, as an individual, have acquired the necessary learning and knowledge.
  • To demonstrate knowledge, students must do their own work.

What is an Academic Integrity Violation?

Academic integrity violations cover a variety of practices, and include acts of deceit, misrepresentation, distortion of the truth in assignments, examinations, or other academic activities, or improper use of one’s own or another person’s effort to obtain an academic advantage.

Sanctions for Academic Integrity Violations

Langara investigates suspected academic integrity violations, and applies sanctions when reasonably justified. Sanctions for academic integrioty violations range from a reduced mark on an assignment or exam, up to and including suspension from the College. Ignorance of expectations and policies around acceptable academic conduct does not constitute a defense against charges of academic misconduct.

What to avoid

  • Altering examination answers and requesting the examination be re-graded.
  • Borrowing all or part of another student’s paper, original research or lab data.
  • Using someone else’s outline to write one’s own paper.
  • Changing the score on an examination, test, or any assignment.
  • Communicating with any person during an examination, other than the examination invigilator or faculty.
  • Copying another student’s examination or allowing a student to copy your examination.
  • Directly quoting the words of others, without using quotation marks or indented format to identify them or otherwise indicating that words are directly quoted.
  • Encouraging, enabling or causing others to do or attempt any of the above.
  • Fabricating information, such as data for a lab report.
  • Having another person take an examination in one’s place.
  • Submitting a take-home examination or assignment as one’s own where completed in whole or in part by another person.
  • In computer programming classes, using computer code from another person and presenting it as one’s own.
  • Obtaining or using unauthorized material, such as a copy of an examination before it is given.
  • Paraphrasing materials or ideas of others or using sources of published or unpublished information without identifying the sources.
  • Preparing or offering for sale essays or other assignments, in whole or in part, with the expectation that these works will be submitted by a student for appraisal.
  • Submitting the work one has completed for one class, either at Langara or elsewhere, for appraisal in a second class without prior authorization by the instructor.
  • Submitting work that another individual, including work a tutor has edited or partially written, without prior permission from the instructor.
  • Using a paper writing ‘‘service’’ or having another person write one’s paper.
  • Using cheat sheets or other sources of information in an examination without authorization.
  • Using unauthorized information, books, notes, diagrams or other aids during an examination.