The University of Toronto is deeply committed to the free and open exchange of ideas, and to the values of independent inquiry. As such, academic integrity is also fundamental to the University’s intellectual life. What does it mean to act with academic integrity? U of T supports the International Center for Academic Integrity’s definition of academic integrity as acting in all academic matters with honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.

key concepts for academic integrity: honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility, originality, expertise, credit, capacity

In our Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, the University has identified academic offences that run counter to those values, and that are in opposition to our mission to create internationally significant research and excellent academic programs.  This mission can only be realized if all members of the University appropriately acknowledge sources of information and ideas, present independent work on assignments and examinations, and complete and submit group projects in accordance with the standards of the discipline being studied.

The University offers many resources to help you if you’re feeling stuck or confused by an assignment or in a course.  The first place to start is always your instructor, who can also tell you about further resources available within your faculty and department.  

This website contains smart strategies to avoid academic misconduct, and information on academic integrity processes and procedures at U of T.  The site also includes links to decisions of the University Tribunal in student cases involving academic integrity.  

Best of luck for the academic year!