Integrity Policies

What are the University of Waterloo's expectations and policies regarding Academic Integrity?

The University of Waterloo takes Academic Integrity (AI) very seriously; it is important for the reputation of the university and is the foundation of a high-quality education.

The following qualities* are expected from all members of the University of Waterloo community:

Honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.

*as noted by the International Center for Academic Integrity

Success is not a matter of getting ahead at any cost. Success is found only in perseverance, learning from your mistakes, accepting responsibility for your actions, and in the respect of your professors, employers, and peers.

To ensure this high value is maintained and to encourage these qualities in faculty, staff and students, the university abides by 6 academic-integrity related policies:

Policy 33 - Ethical behaviour—addresses the general principles of ethical behaviour, the specific principles of human rights, provides information if you encounter violations and provides a list of primary on-campus resources for further information or advice.

Policy 69 - Conflict of interest—details the university’s policy on conflict of interest and provides examples of these cases including conflict to commitment, inappropriate involvement in appointment processes, favouring of outside interests for personal gain, inappropriate use of information, and inappropriate use of university personnel, resources, or assets.

Policy 70 - Student petitions and grievances—outlines the principles that apply to faculty, staff, and students related to academic freedom and procedural fairness, describes the steps required to petition for exception to academic regulations and outlines the grievance, appeals, and reporting procedures.

Policy 71 - Student discipline—addresses principles, offences, procedures, and penalties related to student misconduct, academic and non-academic. Authority to deal with matters for graduate students rests with the Graduate Associate Deans.

Policy 72 - Student appeals—addresses the procedures students must follow to refute a decision made regarding Policy 71; a student can appeal only within 10 working days of receipt of decision. Also includes: bases for appealing a case, appeal forms, details on appeal process.

Policy 73 - Intellectual property rights—provides information for students, faculty, and staff related to intellectual property including ownership (typically, ownership of IP created in the course of teaching/research belong to the creator), authorship, collaborative research, copyrights and patents (including data management and teaching materials), default revenue sharing systems, and dispute resolution.