Academic Honesty

  • Students are clear on academic honesty expectations early in the course and for each assessment.

  • Course assessments are kept current and limit the possibility of academic integrity infractions.

  • Timely feedback and discussion opportunities are provided throughout the term to create and maintain a strong sense of class community.

  • Course deliverables are manageable and align with average weekly workload expectations.

Tips & Considerations

  • With your Learning Outcomes in mind, consider alternative formats and tools available when designing assessments.
  • Set aside time to design, build, test, and release new assessments.
    • Use the Canvas ‘Student View’ feature to view course items as your students would.
  • Understand WHY and HOW students may commit an infraction:


  • Time / Grade pressure
  • Easy access to unauthorized resources
  • Lack of academic honesty reinforcement
  • Complicated or confusing instructions
  • Too many deliverables at once
  • Unmanageable expectations
  • Simply unaware of academic policies


  • Plagiarism (individual & group)
  • Unauthorized Tools or Resources (accessing internet solutions or previous assessments through “study aid” websites)
  • Aiding and Abetting / Unauthorized Collaboration
  • Avoid / Alter assignments from previous terms & textbook Q/As easily found online
    • Previous Q/As may be easily found online. If you can find them, so can others.
    • Consider reviewing older assessments as an opportunity to help prepare students.
    • Revision Example: Reword a multiple choice question for a different response.
  • Manageable Assessments & Weekly Workloads
    • Design assessments to prevent academic infractions vs. assuming they will occur.
    • Scaffold large assignments and give timely feedback. Ex: Require drafts or iterations vs. everything at once.
    • Coordinate deliverables and time expectations across courses where able.
  • Mention use of Turnitin as a deterrent and to check for plagiarism
  • Highlight academic honesty expectations throughout the course: 
    • In the course syllabus.
    • Discuss during class time.
    • Announcement in Canvas prior to assignments.
    • Require citations and a bibliography.
  • Require students to sign an Academic Honour Statement early in the course.
    • May be included as a standalone Quiz or Assignment, or embedded within assessment instructions.
    • See ‘Academic Honour Statement’ section below for a downloadable example and more details.

Additional Suggestions

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