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Cheating and student academic discipline guidelines

In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

We expect students, as members of the University community, to adhere to a code of honour in their various activities. Cheating on exams, tests, or assignments is a serious violation of this code, which jeopardizes the integrity and reputation of the Faculty's academic programs/plans.

Most students misunderstand what is and what is not acceptable academic behaviour. Remember that if you say where you got it from, that is, if you write and sign an acknowledgement of all help received on work you submit, your chances of committing an academic offense and being suspended or worse decreases substantially.

Penalties for academic offenses are common across the University. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71 - Student Discipline.

All academic offenses are reported to the associate dean for undergraduate studies and are recorded in the student's file. A second academic offense will lead to a more severe penalty, which will normally include a two term suspension.