Academic integrity basic information

The Office of Academic Integrity offers a variety of introductory tools that will help you succeed at the University of Waterloo.

For students:

uWaterloo offers two tutorials for students to recognize and avoid academic misconduct such as cheating, plagiarism, and unauthorized collaboration:

For quick information, tips, and scenarios, refer to our Basics Brochure (PDF) and the Academic Integrity Fact Sheet (PDF).

International students should view our International Students and Academic Integrity video.

We also encourage you to view the Introduction to Policy 71 video.

The Registrar's Office has details on examination regulations, final exams and what NOT to do in the PAC during exams.

For assistance with writing, time management, and goal-setting, contact the Student Success Office and the affiliated Writing Centre.

For course-specific questions about academic integrity, please consult your instructor.

For department- or field-specific questions about academic integrity, please consult your Associate Dean.


For faculty and instructors:

Please refer to the Student Discipline document. We also strongly recommend that you review the information given to students.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence has information on encouraging academic integrity in the classroom, and tips for using Turnitin.
LEARN has a number of pre-made quizzes and resources that require students to understand and agree to academic integrity values before they view online course content or submit online assignments. Contact your CTE liaison for more information.

For researchers, graduate students and instructors:

Research Integrity

Both academic integrity and research integrity adhere to the 5 values of integrity (honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility), EXCEPT research additionally "has its own externally imposed reporting and investigational obligations", and ethics approval must be obtained before research can begin with human subjects. For further information please review the FAQ on Research Integrity, the Integrity in Research Administrative Guidelines or visit the Office of Research Ethics (ORE).