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Avoiding Plagiarism: About Academic Integrity

What is Academic Integrity

“The general principles of academic integrity for students doing course work are that they are to do their own original, individual work, unless told otherwise by the course instructor, and are to give credit for other people’s ideas or words.” 

Plagiarism is “a form of academic dishonesty in which one person submits or presents the work of another person as his or her own, whether from intent to deceive, lack of understanding, or carelessness."

- Regulations Governing Discipline for Academic and Non-academic Misconduct, University of Regina

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

  • reduction of grade/grade of zero
  • grade of XF (student misconduct)
  • note on student record
  • loss or repayment of scholarships and awards
  • required to take a course in ethics
  • suspension or expulsion from program or university
  • withheld or rescinded credential
  • job loss
  • damaged reputation


Note: not all countries/cultures view plagiarism in the same way.  Consequences may vary, depending on your institution.  It is your responsibility to learn the expectations of your academic institution.