Academic Integrity

OCAD University is a community of knowledge-making and creativity. It encourages students to push the boundaries of their abilities, to experiment, take risks and seek innovation. OCAD University also recognizes that the pursuits of knowledge and creativity are iterative and collaborative, and that academic and creative work involves building upon, responding to and interacting with the contributions of others. All members of the university, including faculty, students and staff, therefore share an equal responsibility to recognize and uphold the principles of academic integrity.

With respect to individual work, academic integrity means being respectful and transparent in the way that we use and respond to the contributions of others, and that we obtain and share information responsibly. Academic integrity requires that we engage in free discussion of others’ work and explicitly acknowledge how that work informs our own. In practical terms, this means knowing and applying in visual, written and other academic work the conventions for using and documenting visual and textual sources in ways specific to disciplinary and professional conventions in order to demonstrate the relationship between our own work and that of others. Academic integrity also requires that we do not aid or abet others in disregarding or violating the principles of academic integrity.

With respect to the university community, academic integrity means not only upholding the integrity of knowledge-making and creativity, but also providing opportunities to advance and extend our understanding of these pursuits within the university and society at large. OCAD University recognizes that the principles of academic integrity are culturally and contextually specific, and that those entering into the university community require time and instruction to learn how to apply disciplinary and professional conventions to their work.

Faculty and staff therefore have a responsibility to develop pedagogy and resources at all levels to support students in their development of knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with academic integrity. In practical terms, this responsibility requires that faculty and staff be explicit and transparent with respect to the disciplinary and professional conventions required for using and documenting visual and textual sources for all forms of academic work, including written, visual and other work (e.g., in their course outlines and assignments).

Students have a similar responsibility as learners to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with academic integrity and apply these to their academic work as appropriate to their level of study.

In addition to disciplinary and professional conventions, OCAD University recognizes that all academic work must comply with Canadian copyright law and the provisions for fair dealing provided with respect to scholarly, educational and creative pursuits.

For more information

If you have questions about Academic Integrity as it applies to your courses or assignments, your first point of contact should be your Teaching Assistant or Course Instructor.

You may also browse the online learning modules available on Canvas. The modules include information, case studies and quizzes to test your knowledge about Academic Integrity, Using Textual Sources and Using Visual Sources.

For student resources or to book an appointment with a writing tutor, click the link for the Writing & Learning Centre above, or drop in for a visit:

Writing & Learning Centre
113 McCaul Street, Room 510
(416) 977-6000 Ext. 229

The OCAD U Library also provides a range of resources for students and faculty:

Dorothy H. Hoover Library
113 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor
(416) 977-6000 Ext. 334 (Reference inquiries)