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Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity

This guide has been created to provide you with quick access to resources on the topic of Academic Integrity.

Academic Integrity: 6 Fundamental Values

As an NSCC student, you are part of an academic community that is governed by the fundamental principles of academic integrity.

It is important for all members of this community, instructors and students alike, to uphold these principles for the advancement of academic scholarship and the continued building of knowledge.

A diploma or certificate that is achieved without compromising your own integrity, as well as upholding NSCC's academic integrity standards, is a true representation of all the hard work and dedication you put into your studies. You can be proud of your achievement as you maintained your reputation as well as that of the NSCC.

You will be well prepared for success in your career because you have put the necessary time and effort into your work, gained much knowledge and developed many valuable skills, such as research, critical thinking, writing skills, and much more.

In its Fundamental Values of 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.

What is Academic Honesty?

York University. Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. (2020, November 20). What is academic honesty? [Video]. YouTube.

Acceptable/Unacceptable Use of Information

University of Alberta Dean of Students. (2013, December 8).  Acceptable/unacceptable [Video]. YouTube.


Academic Integrity

Students and employees will conduct themselves in an honest and trustworthy manner.

Academic Dishonesty

An intentional, reckless, careless, or improper act for the purpose of obtaining an academic advantage, credential, admission, or credit by deception or fraudulent means. It can include, but is not limited to “cheating”.

Academic File Sharing

The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted course materials, assignment documents, and assessments. Examples include uploading assignments and assessments to commercial third-party platforms without the instructor's knowledge or permission.

Contract Cheating

The use of assignments and assessments not created or completed by the student (free or purchased) or membership registration with a third-party website (a form of contract) to receive access.


i) Presenting, in any format, someone else’s ideas, presentations, writing, artistic work, or creations, whether verbal, print, structural, design or electronic, in whole or in part, as one’s own, by failing to credit the source.

ii) The use of material received or purchased from another person, website, or other source or prepared by any person other than the individual claiming to be the author. The use of material received through purchase is also known as “contract cheating.”

iii) Plagiarism can be intentional or occur through carelessness.