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About Academic Integrity

About Sheridan's Academic Integrity Office

We provide faculty, staff and students with education, resources and support to foster the understanding and practice of academic integrity at Sheridan.

The Academic Integrity Office:

  • Educates faculty on the Academic Integrity Policy and Academic Integrity Procedure, particularly regarding sanctions.
  • Facilitates discussions between a faculty member and student during suspected breaches when requested by the faculty member.
  • Tracks incidents of academic integrity breaches and uses this information to inform decision-making.
  • Supports peer education on academic integrity-related matters through our Student Academic Integrity Ambassadors.
  • Works with Library and Learning Services to develop academic integrity workshops and learning tools.
  • Works with the Centre for Teaching and Learning to integrate academic integrity principles into the curriculum and in the classroom.
  • Organizes campaigns designed to promote learning about academic integrity and ethical standards of behaviour.

About Academic Integrity

What is academic integrity?

The International Centre for Academic Integrity (ICAI) defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage (ICAI, The fundamental values of academic integrity (2nd ed.), 2014).

Sheridan is strongly committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity; it expects that all of its members maintain the highest standards of academic integrity throughout all areas of academic life, including teaching and learning, research, writing and all other scholarly work. These expectations are outlined in Sheridan's Academic Integrity Policy.

Why is academic integrity important?

Academic integrity is fundamental to Sheridan's reputation. When awarded a degree, diploma or certificate by Sheridan, it represents all of the hard work, dedication, commitment and integrity students have put into their work. Furthermore, completing work with integrity ensures that students are well-prepared for success in their careers and ready to be ethical and contributing members of society.

Student responsibilities

Sheridan requires all students to conduct themselves ethically, complete work honestly and submit work that is their own. Breaches of academic integrity are taken seriously. Students are expected to:

Academic integrity can be confusing, so students are encouraged to talk to their professors, the Academic Integrity Office, librarians and tutors, and access the key resources provided.

Faculty responsibilities

Sheridan faculty are expected to promote academic integrity in the classroom by creating a positive learning environment and modelling the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. Also, whenever there's a suspected breach, faculty are requested to follow the Academic Integrity Procedure and complete the Breach of Academic Integrity Form. Reporting suspected breaches ensures:

  • Students receive a consistent message
  • Faculty are seen as fair and responsive
  • Accurate institutional data
  • A community of academic integrity