Academic Integrity

Responsible research and writing implies that we respect the intellectual property rights of others: this is the essence of academic integrity.  The links on this page will take you to key information and resources about Academic Integrity at York University.

Academic Integrity in your writing and assignments

 

  • SPARK – Academic Integrity Tutorial –The Academic Integrity Tutorial from SPARK is designed to help you learn about academic integrity. The information in this tutorial is applicable for all subject and research areas and any level of study.
  • Academic Integrity Checklist – This document provides information that will help you adhere to the principles of Academic Integrity in your assignments. You can use this checklist before you submit an assignment for grading.
  • Integrity in Practice – This document suggests numerous ways in which you can act in order to ensure the integrity of your academic practice. It includes questions you can ask your instructors and provides advice on how to prevent academic dishonesty.
  • Peer Feedback Guide and Form – This document provides guidelines that you can use when you have some else read or comment on a draft that you have written.
  • Academic Writing Guide –The Libraries have brought together a set of helpful websites offering assistance with different kinds of written academic work with suggestions for appropriately crediting others for their ideas.
  • Footnotes and Bibliographies –The Libraries offer detailed assistance with preparing footnotes and bibliographies in the right form and how to use RefWorks to make this easier.
  • Creating Bibliographies & Plagiarism –This SPARK tutorial is a quick introduction to citing sources, plagiarism, citations and bibliographies, citation styles, citation management systems, and annotated bibliographies.

Academic Integrity in your research

  • Copyright – Copyright legislation and license agreements govern what can be copied or otherwise “borrowed” of works of creators while respecting their intellectual property rights. York’s Copyright and You offers much information to assist you with responsible copying.
  • Research Ethics at York University – “York University is committed to the highest standards of integrity in research. All projects involving the use of Human Subjects, Animals, and Biohazardous Materials are subject to review by the appropriate University committee. York has formulated policies for the conduct of research involving all three of these areas.”

 Academic Integrity in your teaching

  • SPARK – Academic Integrity Tutorial –The Academic Integrity Tutorial from SPARK is designed for your students so they can about academic integrity. The information in this tutorial is applicable for all subject and research areas and any level of study.
  • Teaching with SPARK – This module is intended to assist instructors in the use of the SPARK modules and resources in their courses.  Includes instructor guides, suggestions for assignment design, quizzes that can be embedded in Moodle, etc.
  • Academic Integrity Checklist – Students can print out this page (or it can be included in your syllabus) as proof that students have reflected on Academic Integrity before submitting their assignment.
  • Peer Feedback Guide – Students can print out this page (or it can be included in your syllabus) when they ask someone else to read and comment on a draft of an assignment or an essay.
  • More Academic Integrity Classroom Resources – Resources for classroom use to help explore issues around academic integrity and to allow instructors to test students’ knowledge around issues pertaining to academic integrity and plagiarism. Resources containing answer keys require Passport York login.
  • Acceptable Use of E-resources – The Libraries have signed license agreements with providers of our e-resources (e.g., electronic books, journals, indexes, and databases). This “acceptable use statement” indicates how these resources can be used while respecting the rights of the providers.