Quiz: Academic Integrity

By completing this module, you're taking an important step towards understanding how you can contribute to an environment of academic integrity. To find more specific information about expectations of students at the University of Guelph, visit the academic calendar. You'll find information about academic misconduct policies in Section VIII. Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures. Then test your knowledge of these policies by taking our Academic Integrity quiz.
 

Academic Integrity Quiz

Use your knowledge of U of G academic misconduct policy to answer the following questions.
  1. There is a participation mark given in one of your tutorials, and an attendance sheet is passed around at each session. You can't make it today, and you ask your friend to sign in for you. Are you allowed to do this?
    1. This would be considered impersonation which would be subject to a minimum penalty of an official warning at U of G.
      Correct. Both the impersonator and the person impersonated (if aware of the impersonation) are subject to disciplinary proceedings under U of G policy. In this case, the offence would result in an official warning and possibly zero on the assignment or zero in the course.
    2. This is a common practice and it is not considered to be academic misconduct.
      Wrong. Answer A is correct. Both the impersonator and the person impersonated (if aware of the impersonation) are subject to disciplinary proceedings under U of G policy. In this case, the offence would result in an official warning and possibly zero on the assignment or zero in the course.
  2. Last term, you wrote an essay which is slightly similar to the topic your professor has assigned this semester. Can you incorporate this paper into the paper you are now supposed to write without being accused of academic misconduct?
    1. Yes, you can if you talk to your professors and they provide permission in writing.
      Correct. Students may re-use material ONLY if they have prior written permission from the instructors of all courses involved (an email is usually sufficient). Note: In general, this permission is granted to graduate students who wish to include course papers or articles in their theses or dissertations—not to undergraduates writing course papers.
    2. Handing in the same paper (or large sections of the same paper) twice is always academic misconduct.
      Wrong. Handing in a paper or portions of a paper twice could be considered academic misconduct if the student doesn't get permission first; however, if you have the prior written permission of the professors from all courses involved, you may do so. If you know that this particular professor usually allows students to do this, you can go ahead and use your earlier paper without worrying about it.
    3. If you know that this particular professor usually allows students to do this, you can go ahead and use your earlier paper without worrying about it.
      Wrong. Answer A is correct. It is important to remember that you must have the prior written permission from the instructors of all courses involved. Without this permission, re-using material could be considered a misrepresentation of your work and therefore academic misconduct.
  3. One of your courses has a series of online quizzes which students have to pass before going on to the next stage of the course. Several people in your residence are in the same class and you normally do the quizzes together. Would this be considered academic misconduct?
    1. No, it would not be considered academic misconduct. U of G encourages collaboration as a way of learning, so that is what I'm doing.
      Wrong. Although cooperation and collaboration are encouraged by the University of Guelph, you must have explicit permission from your instructor to collaborate on coursework. In this case, the quiz is intended to promote the development of individual skills and is not a group project.
    2. Yes, it would be considered academic misconduct. The university would consider this to be unauthorized cooperation or collaboration.
      Correct. Unless your instructor tells you collaboration is allowed, you should do your assignments on your own. If you are not sure, ask your instructor.
  4. You are writing an exam and you notice that the person next to you is looking at your answers. What should you do?
    1. Move your paper and place your arm so that your exam booklet is out of the person's line of vision.
      Correct. Answer A or C would be correct. Answer A would be sufficient, since the rule is that it is an offence to knowingly allow another student to copy your work, and covering your page prevents this from happening. Answer C is going one step further to alert officials to potential academic misconduct.
    2. Don't do anything; it's not your responsibility, and in addition, you can't afford to waste precious time when you could be answering questions.
      Wrong. It is an offence to knowingly allow another student to copy your work. Answers A or C would be correct.
    3. Call an invigilator and inform on the other student.
      Correct. Answer A or C would be correct. Answer A would be sufficient, since the rule is that it is an offence to knowingly allow another student to copy your work, and covering your page prevents this from happening. Answer C is going one step further to alert officials to potential academic misconduct.
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