This guide is designed to help you understand academic integrity, your rights and responsibilities as a student, and Camosun College's values and principles as outlined in the Camosun College Academic Integrity Policy.
Camosun College has many supports and resources to help you pursue your academic journey with integrity and honesty and to build relationships based on trust and respect.
Camosun College's Academic Integrity Policy, outlines the College's academic expectations for all students, upholding the six fundamental values of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) :
Camosun College is committed to building the academic competency of all students and seeks to empower students to become agents of their own learning and to promote academic belonging.
Camosun College's Academic Integrity Policy outlines the academic expectations for all students and articulates the College's values and principles with respect to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity. The policy helps guide students, faculty and administration in their decisions involving academic integrity. The policy describes:
The reputation of the College is formed and its accreditation is maintained through the respect and adherence to these principles.
Camosun recognizes the multiple and nuanced understandings of academic integrity that are prevalent across cultures.
All students are expected to inform themselves of the standards of academic integrity here at Camosun.
Below are some ways Camosun College's academic integrity expectations may differ from other cultural experiences:
|Camosun's expectations for academic integrity||Possible contrasting cultural experiences|
|Student assignments and tests are largely individual unless specifically assigned as group work by the instructor||In some cultures academic work may always be considered collaboratively, including sharing exam answers and written assignments|
|Students are expected to cite their sources and acknowledge where they got their information||In some cultures knowledge may be seen as shared property and therefore giving credit to an individual is not considered|
|Students are expected to create original work||In some cultures mimicry or memorization may be seen as signs of respect|
|Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and respect academic integrity in a variety of assignment formats||In some cultures education is very exam-centered and written homework assignments may be seen to have less importance|
As a Camosun student, academic integrity means making ethical decisions, asking questions, and following instructions - even when faced with difficult situations. Following the six core values of integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. Here are some examples of actions that demonstrate academic integrity:
You demonstrate honesty by:
You demonstrate trust by:
You show respect by:
You demonstrate fairness by:
You demonstrate responsibility by:
You demonstrate courage by:
Moreover, academic integrity skills, such as citing, paraphrasing, or summarizing, take practice. Know that you can ask for help along the way. See the Academic Integrity Supports page for people and resources to help you.
Thanks to the University of Waterloo Office of Academic Integrity for permission to use and adapt this content
Many thanks to Assiniboine Community College for their generosity in sharing the content of their Academic Integrity Guide for Students to support the creation of this Camosun guide. Their content has been modified and adapted to support Camosun students and to reflect the Camosun College Academic Integrity policy.