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What is misconduct?

What not to do:

Below are examples of some of the more common violations. It’s not an exhaustive list but provides some examples of what NOT to do:

  • Posting your Professor's lecture notes, presentation slides, assignments, exams/quizzes, answer keys, pages or excerpts from text books and/or any other material you receive in class or via the learning management system to note sharing web sites including (but not limited to): Book Neto, Course Hero, OneClass(formerly Note Solution)
  • Forgetting to reference an information source (including quotations, paraphrasing, research, etc.)
  • Using someone else's words, whether a phrase, sentence, paragraph, or more, without proper acknowledgment
  • Resubmitting your own essay or assignment (in whole or in part) for another course (or a repeated course) without explicit permission from both of the prof(s)
  • Sharing or discussing data, answers, or assignment info with others before it is graded
  • Communicating with others during a test or exam
  • Sending out your finished assignment to help out friends—they should be responsible for their own academic success, you don’t know how they will use your intellectual property and in distributing it (even if they don’t directly copy) both you and your friend are guilty of an offence
  • Splitting up questions among members of your study group
  • Copying or sharing to any extent from any source (verbal, text or web) without properly acknowledging it
  • Doing work for others or having someone do work for you (for free or a fee)
  • Obtaining a medical note (Verification of Illness form) without having a serious medical issue
  • Having unauthorized aids (i.e. cheat sheets, programmable calculators, etc.) during an assignment, test, or exam


  • You get out of your education what you put into it - if you cheat, you are really cheating yourself.
  • You need to know the information: for the exam; for the next course you take; for admission to graduate school... taking shortcuts will not help you in the long run.
  • If you want to work on improving your writing skills, research techniques, study habits, or exam preparation skills, check out Counselling Services and the library for workshops and tips you can try.
  • Need to talk? Your academic advisor is only a phone call or email away.