If you knew that your doctor cheated in medical school, would you be comfortable going to her? If your teacher cheated in university, would you still trust what he was teaching?

Academic integrity is the assurance that you will act in an ethical, truthful way through your academic career.

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 behaviour that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action. The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity describes these core values in detail.


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).


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 a citation. You also agree to do your own assignments independently or to credit anyone you collaborate with. During examinations, you are honest and do not cheat in any way.


  • 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 document from an online paper service


It is 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 quickly and easily search through all assignments submitted to academic institutions.


We have a few resources to help you with quoting and paraphrasing.

  1. The Writer’s Handbook Avoiding Plagiarism Quoting and Paraphrasing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison on what and how to quote or paraphrase.

  2. Acknowledging, Paraphrasing and Quoting Sources is a pdf handout that we’ve put together for reference.

  3. 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 JIBC