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Academic integrity

Concordia University and the Faculty of Fine Arts place the principle of academic integrity, that is, honesty, responsibility and fairness in all aspects of academic life, as one of its highest values.

Instructors, students and administrators are expected to be honest and responsible in their academic conduct and fair in their assessment of academic matters. 

Academic integrity means that every student must be honest and accurate in their work. This means that there are rules and regulations to follow when presenting work as your own. These are described in detail in the Academic Code of Conduct.  

This video provides a concise and clear guide to Academic Integrity at Concordia.

The most common offense under the Academic Code of Conduct is plagiarism, which the Code defines as “the presentation of the work of another person, in whatever form, as one’s own or without proper acknowledgement” (Article 19a). This includes copying material – either word for word or as a paraphrase – from books, internet sites, course notes, or artistic works. Instructors provide course outlines with a clear plagiarism policy and a guide to the use of technology. 

To avoid plagiarism, students should refer to available resources such as How to Paraphrase and  How to Cite. The Concordia library provides this resource regarding the use and misuse of ChatGPT and Generative AI.

If a course instructor suspects a student of plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct in exams or in their coursework, they may file an incident report which will lead to an investigation by the code administrator who interviews the student before making a decision. Sanctions can range from a reprimand or grade reduction to expulsion from the university. 

You can find more details about the disciplinary process as well as the support that you can receive in cases of academic misconduct from the Student Advocacy Office

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