Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is acting in all academic matters with honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.

U of T and SGS are committed to the free and open exchange of ideas, and to the values of independent inquiry.  Academic integrity is fundamental to our university community’s intellectual life.

Academic Integrity at U of T

The University of Toronto has so many resources to help you. The Academic Integrity at U of T website contains smart strategies to avoid academic misconduct, and information on academic integrity processes and procedures at U of T.  The site also includes links to decisions of the University Tribunal in student cases involving academic integrity. 

Academic Integrity in Graduate Studies

Our mission is to create internationally significant research and excellent academic programs. This mission can only be realized if all members of the University appropriately acknowledge sources of information and ideas, present independent work on assignments and examinations, and complete and submit group projects in accordance with the standards of the discipline being studied. In the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, the University has identified academic offences that run counter to the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage.

Other policies deal with the general conduct of students (the Code of Student Conduct) and with research ethics. For information regarding allegations of research misconduct, please visit the website of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. Learn more about academic integrity in graduate studies.

Smart Strategies

Smart Strategies are designed to provide students and instructors with information, tips, and resources to help them promote and maintain academic integrity at the University of Toronto. The suggestions intentionally combines information intended for students and instructors (rather than offering separate sites) to signal that this important issue requires the attention and effort of all members of the academic community. Learn more about Smart Strategies.

Reporting an incident

If you have concerns about research misconduct or academic integrity, you must report it to your supervisor, department chair, the School of Graduate Studies, or to the Research Oversight and Compliance Office. If you would like to discuss the situation to determine whether it would be considered a case of research misconduct or academic integrity, you can have a confidential conversation with the Research Oversight and Compliance Office.

What happens if I’m accused of an offence under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters?