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Academic Integrity

At UVic, we are committed to fostering a community based on honesty and fairness. As educators, we play a crucial role in guiding our students towards understanding and upholding these values. Below are some resources to incorporate these principles in your teaching

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I suspect a violation of academic integrity in my class?

UVic has a policy on Academic Integrity, which you can find in both the undergraduate and the graduate academic calendars. The policy addresses the main types of academic integrity violations, as well as procedures for dealing with these. Please review the policy before acting on any allegation.

Who should I contact if the policy does not address the violations I am experiencing in my classroom, or am unsure whether to approach a student to discuss a violation or possible penalty?

Your chair or director should be your first contact if you are suspecting a violation. An instructor documents a violation, but does not make decisions. It is also important that a violation is treated as an allegation until “a determination is made that compelling information exists to support the allegation …”.

Where can I get guidance on the UVic approach to academic integrity beyond policy regulations?

The Academic Integrity Framework explains how UVic supports a culture of academic integrity.

Are there additional supports to help build a culture of academic integrity in the classroom?

You have the option of adding an academic integrity pledge on your syllabus or directly on the Brightspace setup of assignments. There is also a student-focused Integrity Matters course on Brightspace. Self-enrolment is open to all students. The course is based on scenarios related to the principles of academic integrity and can be taken independently or made into an assignment. UVic also has other resources on academic integrity that are updated regularly.

What rights do sudents have regarding academic integrity?

The policy on Academic Integrity explains the students’ rights to fair process, representation and appeals. The Ombudsperson can provide confidential guidance on student rights and responsibilities, and help students review and address concerns.

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September 26, 2022

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