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Academic Integrity & Avoiding Plagiarism

Academic Integrity at MSVU

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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:

  • Academic Freedom
  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Engagement
  • Professionalism
  • Respect

Read more about the Vision, Mission, and Values of Mount Saint Vincent University.

These values govern university activities; as a member of the university, you should be governed by them too.

Read more about the MSVU Student Guidelines for Conduct in a Virtual Environment. 

The Research Community:
Here are some important points to remember about research and scholarship:

  • Research rarely starts from nothing. Very few ideas are truly original, rather we build on the work done by others.
  • Research is a “community” endeavor. Even if you are working on your essay or assignment alone, you are using the ideas of others: your professor, classmates, authors of books or articles you’ve read.
  • Research ideas and positions are dynamic: they evolve, morph, and often die.


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.


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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 the 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.



Sources and image credits:

Photo by Tumisu, used under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication /Cropped from original Integrity by Nick Youngson, used under CC BY-SA 3.0