Understand the course expectations
While some expectations always apply (e.g., citing your sources), others can vary by course and assessment. Check the syllabus and read the assignment instructions. When in doubt, ask the professor, lab instructor or teaching assistant.
Here are a few examples of situations that may arise in your courses, with full descriptions in the "How to work with integrity" section:
- Individual work
- Group work
- Open book exam
- Closed book exam
- Discord, Chegg
Getting organized and prepared early (e.g., studying, drafting essay outlines) will reduce the temptation and pressure to engage in academic misconduct. Learn about the factors that can contribute to academic misconduct, like stress and tight deadlines.
The Growth & Goals training module can help you make a plan and learn more effectively. Adapt the work plan as you like. Just fill it out, post it in a prominent place and revisit it regularly. It should include:
How I take care of my physical health
How I take care of my mental health
My work space and how I set boundaries
How I minimize distractions
Where I find resources, and people I can talk to
For more, see this TED Talk, “Inside the mind of a major procrastinator.”
Behind on your studying or assignments? Feeling the pressure to commit academic fraud? Talk to your professor! See if an extension or alternate assessment is possible.
Whatever happens, have the courage to maintain your academic integrity and keep working authentically.
It’s okay to ask questions! Many uOttawa services are here to help you on the Academic GPS. They include the Academic Writing Help Centre (scroll down to “Writing appointments”) and our mentors (scroll down to “Mentoring appointments”).
You can also get support through the library.
Remember: You're preparing for your career!
Keep working to uphold the six values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. There’s a good reason one of them is courage!
As you build your academic integrity skills, you’ll be well on your way to developing uOCompetencies, the skills uOttawa believes every student should graduate with.