Act With Honesty

Cheating

Trying to gain/give an improper advantage in an academic evaluation - Waterloo Policy 71

Exams, midterms and tests evaluate your level of understanding of course material. Choosing to cheat only results in disadvantaging your fellow students, disappointing your instructors and cheating yourself out of a proper education.

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Fabrication and falsification

Fabrication

The pursuit of knowledge in academia relies upon an atmosphere of trust and the free exchange of ideas.

Academic misconduct in the form of fabricating data, altering research results and tampering with images poisons this atmosphere and can lead to serious consequences for the student, fellow researchers and academia as a whole.

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Falsification

Misrepresentation or falsification of university documents is a serious form of academic misconduct and can lead to suspension or expulsion.

Examples of falsification include:

  • presenting false transcripts or references in application for a program
  • submitting work which is not your own or was written by someone else
  • lying about a personal issue or illness in order to extend a deadline

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Academic integrity guide for graduate students

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