About Academic Integrity

What is academic integrity?

All people at the University of Saskatchewan, whether they are students, staff, or faculty, are part of our university community. Like in other parts of your life, you have a responsibility to be an honest, respectful, and trustworthy citizen that helps build this community.

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”.  For a university community member, this means we should all have the courage to be responsible for being honest and trustworthy in our work while respecting and being fair to other students, staff, and faculty.

Why is it important?

The university is built on trust and honesty. Academic community members rely on information to build their learning and/or research and to share information with others. Therefore, we must be able to trust that others in the community are honest in order to build and gain knowledge.

Academic Misconduct

Common misconduct occurrences

When a person is not honest in their academic pursuits the result is misconduct. Misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism (not properly citing information created by another person), impersonation, inappropriate collaboration, and fraud (to see all the forms of academic dishonesty covered by the Misconduct Policy see section II B).

Avoiding misconduct

Often misconduct is unintentional and can occur by accident. There are a few ways one can avoid accidental misconduct:

  • Make sure you stay on top of your assignments.
  • Don't sit next to a friend in an exam.
  • Read your syllabus and if you don't understand something ask your instructor.
  • Don't assume that because something is allowed by one instructor, or in one college, it is allowed by another.

Academic Integrity Tutorial

Take the AI Tutorial to understand the fundamental values of academic integrity and how to be a responsible scholar and member of the USask community.

For Students

Procedures, regulations & resolution

The University of Saskatchewan has rules, regulations, and guidelines for academic integrity, posted by the Office of the University Secretary.


If you need representation or someone to answer your questions, people from your students' union should be able to help you.

If you are an undergraduate student you can contact the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) at (306) 966-6968 or vpacademic@ussu.ca.

If you are a graduate student you can contact the Graduate Student Union (GSA) at gsa.sa@usask.ca.

For Staff & Faculty

Procedures, regulations & resolution