Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is essential to the pursuit of learning and scholarship in a university, and to ensuring that a degree from the University of Toronto is a strong signal of each student’s individual academic achievement. As a result, the University treats cases of cheating and plagiarism very seriously.

The University of Toronto’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters outlines the behaviours that constitute academic dishonesty and the processes for addressing academic offences.

Potential offences include, but are not limited to:

In papers and assignments:

  1. Using someone else’s ideas or words without appropriate acknowledgement.
  2. Submitting your own work in more than one course without the permission of the instructor.
  3. Making up sources or facts.
  4. Obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on any assignment.

On tests and exams:

  1. Using or possessing unauthorized aids.
  2. Looking at someone else’s answers during an exam or test.
  3. Misrepresenting your identity.

In academic work:

  1. Falsifying institutional documents or grades.
  2. Falsifying or altering any documentation required by the University.

All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be investigated following procedures outlined in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.


If you have questions or concerns about what constitutes appropriate academic behaviour or appropriate research and citation methods, you are expected to seek out additional information on academic integrity from your instructor or from other institutional resources.

Academic Integrity at U of T