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Academic integrity

Academic Integrity

The Faculty of Science endorses the University of Waterloo’s commitment to the six basic values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage.

Policy 71- Student Discipline

This Policy provides a broad list of academic and non-academic offences. It outlines:

  • student behaviour required to avoid misconduct;
  • responsibilities for reporting misconduct;
  • penalties associated with specific misconduct;
  • factors considered when imposing penalties for misconduct;
  • informal and formal procedures for reporting and investigating misconduct;  
  • steps for appealing formal penalty decisions

Informal procedure

Academic offences are eligible for informal resolution; non-academic offences are not eligible. An instructor can resolve an academic issue informally with a student if both the instructor and student agree that an offence has occurred, if both agree to the penalty imposed by the instructor, and the student’s associate dean approves the proposed resolution.

Formal procedure

Formal investigations are carried out and/or required when the student has a prior record of a Policy 71 offence, the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies has not accepted an informal resolution and/or an instructor refers a suspected academic integrity to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies.


Students are responsible for knowing, understanding and following University policies. Students are expected to read and understand each course syllabus to know what is allowed, what constitutes excessive collaboration, what requires citing of sources, what aids are permitted, and what constitutes misconduct.

Students should ask for help if they are unsure what might constitute an academic offence.