The issue of academic integrity is taken very seriously at MSVU. This concept is so intrinsic to teaching, learning and research that professors and librarians can sometimes forget that new members of our academic community are not aware of its importance.
Mount Saint Vincent University's values:
These values govern university activities; as a member of the university, you should be governed by them too.
Academic Integrity in a virtual environment:
The Research Community:
Here are some important points to remember about research and scholarship:
Keeping in mind the ideas of “university values” and a “research community” consider the definition of “integrity” as provided by the Oxford English Dictionary:
having soundness of moral principle; uncorrupted virtue, especially in relation to truth and fair dealing; uprightness, honesty, sincerity.
Academic integrity, then, is the pursuit of scholarly activity based on the values of honesty, truth, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. It will guide the choices you make in your studies and in your research. Academic integrity applies not only to students, but also to faculty and researchers.
Practicing academic integrity means that you maintain trustworthiness and believability of academic work. It means never plagiarizing or cheating, never misrepresenting yourself, never falsifying information or handing in the same work twice, never deceiving or compromising the work of others, never working in groups when you have been asked to complete work on your own.