Integrity is acting with honesty, fairness, and respect, and making responsible choices at all times, even (and especially!) when times are tough.

“Academic integrity” is the term used to describes the values that are essential* to the pursuit of scholarship and participation in an educational community: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

To act with academic integrity is to obtain your university degree through fair and honest means, by adhering to sound ethical principles, and following the rules laid out in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.

The University expects students to know these rules and not to engage in behaviour, intentional or otherwise, that results in unearned or unfair advantage over other students.

Helping to ensure that the University maintains a reputation for excellence and the highest level of integrity in all areas is the responsibility of everyone in the community—including you!

 Academic integrity is a fundamental value of learning and scholarship at the UofT. Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in this academic community ensures that your UofT degree is valued and respected as a true signifier of your individual academic achievement.

If you have questions about appropriate research and citation methods, what is or is not permitted in any course, you are expected to seek out additional information from the instructor.      The University of Toronto treats cases of academic misconduct very seriously. 

Instructors and Teaching Assistants are required to report any anomalies to the Criminology Program office.  

All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be investigated following the procedures outlined in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.

The University of Toronto’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters outlines the behaviours that constitute academic misconduct, the processes for addressing academic offences, and the penalties that may be imposed. You are expected to be familiar with the contents of this document. Potential offences include, but are not limited to:

In papers and assignments:

  • Using someone else’s ideas or words without appropriate acknowledgement.
  • Submitting your own work in more than one course without the permission of the instructor.
  • Making up sources or facts.
  • Obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on any assignment (this includes working in groups on assignments that are supposed to be individual work).

On tests and exams:

  • Using or possessing any unauthorized aid, including a cell phone.
  • Looking at someone else’s answers.
  • Letting someone else look at your answers.
  • Misrepresenting your identity.
  • Submitting an altered test for re-grading.


  • Falsifying or altering any documentation required by the University, including (but not limited to) doctor’s notes.
  • Falsifying institutional documents or grades.
  • Signing attendance forms on behalf of other students.

For more information make sure to visit the Office of Student Academic Integrity where you will find resources on all matters concerning Academic Integrity.