Academic Integrity

At Cape Breton University, we support and encourage students as they become successful academic citizens. As an academic citizen of CBU, you are part of a community that adheres to a high standard, demonstrated by conducting your work with careful attention to the ethics of your courses, program, disciplines and higher education as a whole. 

CBU students should strive to be good academic citizens, but it is also the responsibility of faculty members, department chairs, deans and the university as a whole to lead in this area. All academic members of the CBU community are called upon to demonstrate respect for academic honesty. 

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity describes the practice of making ethical choices in your work. It involves a commitment to honesty, trust, fairness and responsibility. CBU students demonstrate academic integrity by earning their grades through hard work and dedication, and by refraining from cheating of any kind. 

Why does Academic Integrity Matter?

Pursuing your studies with integrity means you have pride in your work and ensures that your degree or diploma has meaning in that it accurately reflects your skills, knowledge and abilities. 

CBU’s Charter of Academic Citizenship 

CBU’s Charter of Academic Citizenship outlines five values which constitute academic integrity including the ethical commitments associated with them. These values are Originality, Integrity, Fairness, Collegiality and Responsibility. They apply to all areas of your work at CBU, extending from your conduct in the classroom to your work in the community.