Graduate AIM Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

*Please note: the Graduate Academic Integrity Module does not replace or substitute your participation in academic integrity milestones that are required in the Faculties of AHS, ARTS and SCI. Students in AHS, ARTS and SCI must complete both requirements.

What is the Graduate AIM?

How do I access the Graduate AIM?

Why am I enrolled in the Graduate AIM?

Why can't I see the Graduate AIM in LEARN?

What content does the Graduate AIM cover?

Does my score in the Graduate AIM affect my GPA?

Why do I have to complete the Graduate AIM?

How do I complete the Graduate AIM?

How long does the Graduate AIM take to complete?

I didn't get a 75% on the Graduate AIM quiz. Can I retake it?

Is there a due date for the Graduate AIM?

What happens if I do not complete the Graduate AIM?

I don't see the Graduate AIM on LEARN - what does that mean?


Q: What is the Graduate AIM?

A: The Graduate AIM stands for Graduate Academic Integrity Module. It is a mandatory course for incoming graduate students, designed to be a simple but comprehensive introduction to academic integrity. It also provides information and resources for you to use as a student and as an important member of the university community.

The Graduate AIM has two components: a tutorial and a quiz. To successfully complete the Graduate AIM, a student has to read the tutorial material and then score at least 75% on the quiz.

The Graduate AIM was approved by the Associate Deans, Graduate Studies, Deans' Council, and Senate Graduate and Research Council.

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Q: How do I access the Graduate AIM?

A: Visit the "How to access the Graduate AIM" page on this website.

If you are experiencing LEARN access issues, please visit the LEARN Help website.

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Q: Why am I enrolled in the Graduate AIM?

A: All incoming graduate students are required to complete the Graduate AIM. This ensures that everyone has the same access to information about academic integrity, and understands what it means to act with integrity.

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 Q: Why can't I see the Graduate AIM in LEARN?

A: The Graduate AIM course is not visible in LEARN until the first day of classes.

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Q: What content does the Graduate AIM cover?

A: The Graduate AIM reviews university policies about academic integrity, common violations of academic integrity, and resources to help you act with integrity at uWaterloo. The quiz portion of the Grad AIM applies that basic information to scenarios relevant to our graduate students.

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Q: Does my score in the Graduate AIM affect my Grade Point Average (GPA)?

A: No, the Graduate AIM does not affect your GPA. When you successfully complete the Graduate AIM by scoring at least 75% on the quiz portion of the module, it will appear on your transcript on Quest as “Completed” and graded as “CR” (Credit Granted).

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Q: Why do I have to complete the Graduate AIM?

A: Academic integrity is more important than ever to the University of Waterloo. We want to give you resources to help you recognize and avoid academic offences. The Graduate AIM has very important information that will help you succeed during your graduate studies.

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Q: How do I complete the Graduate AIM?

A: To complete the Graduate AIM, you must read the tutorial material and then receive at least a 75% on the quiz. For instructions on how to find the Graduate AIM in LEARN, visit "How do I access the Graduate AIM?"

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Q: How long does the Graduate AIM take to complete?

A: The Graduate AIM should only take you one hour to two hours to complete, depending on your pace. This time includes an in-depth reading of the material, and careful consideration of the quiz questions.

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Q: I didn't get a 75% on the Graduate AIM quiz. Can I retake it?

A: You have five tries to get at least a 75% on the Graduate AIM quiz. If you did not get a 75% on the first attempt, we strongly recommend that you reread the tutorial material before retaking the quiz.

If you are not successful after five attempts, the Office of Academic Integrity will contact you to discuss what happened. You will then be re-enrolled in the Graduate AIM and given an additional five attempts.

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Q: Is there a due date for the Graduate AIM?

A: You must successfully complete the Graduate AIM by 8 weeks into the term. The exact date will be provided to you and is dependent on your start date in your program (e.g., Winter, Fall or Spring start).

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Q: What happens if I do not complete the Graduate AIM before the due date?

A: The Graduate AIM should take one to two hours to complete, so it is easy to set aside time for it. If you do not complete the Graduate AIM  a "Hold" will appear in your Quest account and prevent you from registering for future courses.

After the deadline, you will no longer be able to access the Graduate AIM quiz. The Office of Academic Integrity will contact you in regards to completing the quiz. Remember, you must successfully complete the Graduate AIM quiz to enrol in future courses!

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Q: I’m a new graduate student, but when I log into LEARN I don’t see the Graduate AIM. What does that mean?

A: The Graduate AIM was implemented in September 2013 and is now a required course for all new graduate students. Access to the course is only available to students who have paid tuition or are "Fees Arranged" in Quest. If you have not paid tuition or become "Fees Arranged," the Graduate AIM will not appear in LEARN.

Note: The Graduate AIM course is not visible to students, despite being fees arranged, until the first day of classes.

If you have paid tuition or become "Fees Arranged", but you still do not see a link to the Graduate AIM in LEARN, please wait a few days for the system to recognize your arrangement. If you have waited but still do not see the Graduate AIM, it is an administrative error. Please contact the course administrator, Amanda McKenzie, to have this error corrected.

Remember: the Graduate AIM is a mandatory degree requirement.

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Still have questions? Please contact the course administrator, Amanda McKenzie, by email (academic.integrity@uwaterloo.ca) or at 519-888-4567 ext. 38562.