Academic Integrity

At Cape Breton University, we support students as they become successful academic citizens. Part of this support means educating students about the importance of academic integrity. 

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic Integrity is a commitment to honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. CBU students demonstrate academic integrity by earning their grades through hard work and dedication, not by cheating, plagiarizing or purchasing essays. 

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is one example of academic dishonesty. It is the act of representing the work of others as your own, and can happen accidentally or on purpose. When CBU students submit work for a course, they are expected to submit their own original ideas. When referencing the work and ideas of others, students must use citations to show where the original work came from. 

Intentional Plagiarism

Intentional plagiarism includes purchasing an assignment, submitting the same assignment more than once or copying and pasting the work of others without citations. 

Accidental Plagiarism

Accidental plagiarism usually happens when citations aren’t used when quoting or paraphrasing someone else’s work. This can be avoided by the use of proper citations. The CBU Writing Centre offers workshops to help our students learn how to avoid accidental plagiarism. 

Additional supports are in place to inform and assist students with academic integrity including:

  • Week of Welcome Orientation Sessions
  • Support Sessions at the CBU Library
  • Peer Success Coaches
  • On-line Modules created by the Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • In-Country Orientations for International Students
  • Marketing and Communication Materials Sent to Students

To learn more about academic integrity, refer to the Academic Integrity Library Guide or visit the CBU library.