Academic Integrity

Ensuring the work you do is your own

Each class you take, exam you write and assignment you complete will have different rules depending on the instructor. But no matter what you are required to do in order to earn your degree, Dalhousie University expects all students to be responsible learners, which means that you will complete assignments yourself and acknowledge sources of information and ideas when they are not your own, among other things.   

We can help, with information on Plagiarism & Cheating including what it means and what the consequences are. You'll also find Student Resources for help with citing methods and more and Faculty Resources including ideas about how to prevent and detect plagiarism.



The University Senate is responsible for setting academic regulations. The following documents will provide further insight into the processes in place to support adacemic integrity.

Download the Discipline Flow Chart [PDF - 274 kB]

Faculty Discipline Process

The Faculty Discipline Process deals with students who are suspected of having committed an academic offense.

Click here for the Faculty Discipline Procedures .

Download the 2019-20 Annual Report on Faculty Discipline Process [PDF - 243kB]
Find archived annual reports on Faculty Discipline Process.

Senate Discipline Committee

The Senate Discipline Committee considers all allegations of academic offences that are not resolved by Faculty Academic Integrity Officers and all breaches of the Code of Student Conduct that are not resolved informally through the Office of the Vice-President, Student Services.

Download the 2019/20 Annual Report from Senate Discipline Committee [PDF - 221KB    ]
Find archived annual reports from the Senate Discipline Committee.

NOTE: To maintain the integrity of every degree that is conferred, Dalhousie will only give credit to students who complete their own work. It is every student’s responsibility to maintain their own records of work they have completed. If there is evidence that your work was not completed independently by you or that you had another person complete work for you, it will be very helpful for you to be able to produce notes, drafts, electronic files, or any evidence that will demonstrate that you completed the work yourself. If you do not have any such evidence to present, the Faculty Academic Integrity Officer or Senate Discipline Committee may consider this as a factor in determining whether you have committed an academic offence.