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Intellectual Honesty and Academic Misconduct

Submitted by burnsc on Mon July 21, 2014 - 4:16pm

What is intellectual honesty?

The University of Calgary believes that all students, faculty have a responsibility to carry out their studies and research with integrity and honesty. The University calendar describes intellectual honesty as “the cornerstone of the development and acquisition of knowledge” (University of Calgary 2006-2007 Calendar, page 53). During your studies you will build upon and critically evaluate the knowledge and ideas generated by others but you must be sure to appropriately recognize and acknowledge the contributions of others.

This tutorial will help you understand ways to properly use published information in your written assignments; it will also give tips that will help you avoid academic misconduct.

What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct includes cheating and plagiarism as well as other types of misconduct. The Department of Biological Sciences takes issues of academic misconduct very seriously and includes statements regarding academic misconduct in every laboratory manual and course outline. It is your responsibility to ensure that you clearly understand the rules and regulations of the University with regards to academic misconduct.  

The penalties for misconduct can be quite severe including expulsion from the Faculty and/or dismissal from the University. It is your responsibility to read and understand the information presented here and the University's policy on academic misconduct in the University Calendar.

You can test your “honesty quotient” by visiting the University’s “Honesty in Academics” webpage.