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The Importance of Academic Integrity

Consider this hypothetical situation for a moment—You have finished your degree, and you have become very well-versed in your particular area of expertise. You have become so well-versed, in fact, that you have spent months working on a research paper that you plan to submit to a peer-reviewed academic journal for publication. How would you feel if, after your work has been published, someone else ‘borrows’ it and puts their own name on it? Would that be fair?

Whether you're doing a long paper or a quick report - be honest, show integrity, and give credit to others when it's due!

Whether you’re doing a long paper or a quick report – be honest, show integrity, and give credit to others when it’s due!

I pose this hypothetical situation in order to show why being honest and showing integrity in your academics is of utmost importance. Would you want someone else stealing your work or  your unique ideas?  I wouldn’t. And I’m certain that most people would agree with me.

Academic integrity is a complex issue, however—there are many other forms of academic dishonesty other than word-for-word plagiarism. That is why York University created the Academic Integrity Tutorial: in order to teach and remind students about acceptable behaviour in academics, about the many forms of plagiarism and academic dishonesty, and about what it means to show honesty and integrity in school.

What is the Academic Integrity Tutorial? It is a short, online tutorial—it takes Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 11.16.52 AMapproximately 30-40 minutes—that is extremely important for all new and returning York University students to fill out. The tutorial will explain what academic integrity means according to York University, outline the many forms of academic dishonesty, show you how you can practice academic honesty while in school, and much more.

Why should I complete the tutorial? Well, for starters, many professors require that you submit confirmation of completing the tutorial alongside your first assignment. More importantly however, the tutorial allows you to learn more about plagiarism and academic honesty, like I said previously. Remember: Plagiarism does not always mean copying and pasting from wikipedia. It comes in many forms, and academic dishonesty cases have come from simple ignorance of citation rules, or overall omission of citations.

Don’t risk your grade. Don’t risk your degree. Know the facts. Do the Academic Integrity tutorial.

For more information on the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty, visit this website: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/document.php?document=69

Tune in on Tuesday for my “What Does Academic Integrity Mean To You?” Article!

~ Christopher Ford

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