Academic Integrity

What's Academic integrity?

The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action. The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity describes these core values in detail. 

The original Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity booklet was published in 1999. In 2013, a task force revised the original version to include an updated sixth value: courage. You can now download the updated and revised Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity booklet.

JIBC Student Academic Integrity Policy states “plagiarism, which includes but is not limited to presenting the ideas or works of another person as one’s own and using another person’s work without proper attribution” (p.2).

So… What does that mean for me?

You are expected to create and express your own ideas for assignments. If you do choose to use other people’s ideas, you must acknowledge ownership by giving credit through citation. You also agree to do your own assignments independently or to give credit to anyone you collaborate with. During examinations, you are honest and do not cheat in any way.

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Examples of plagiarism

  • using a quote from a source without citing the original work
  • paraphrasing a passage from a source without citing the original work
  • cutting and pasting a passage from a source directly into your own work without citing the original work
  • passing another student’s paper as your own work
  • purchasing a paper from an online paper service

It is really easy for instructors to check if you’ve copied someone else’s work. Instructors often check citations to see if the sources are correct. Many institutions also subscribe to text-checking databases, which can search through all assignments submitted to academic institutions. If you’re thinking about cheating or plagiarising, do you feel lucky?

The Writer’s Handbook Avoiding Plagarism Quoting and Paraphrasing - a great resource from University of Wisconsin - Madison - what and how to quote or paraphrase!  PDF Handout (Acknowledging, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources)

More Help on Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing from Purdue - Online Writing Lab (OWL)


The consequences of being caught for cheating or plagiarising can be severe:

  • an oral or written reprimand
  • an assignment to repeat the work
  • a lower or failing grade on the particular assignment or test
  • a lower grade for the course
  • a failing grade for the course
  • removal from the course in progress
  • disciplinary probation
  • suspension or expulsion from the JIBC

Last updated February 27, 2019