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Welcome to the Office of Student Academic Integrity (OSAI)

What is OSAI?

OSAI is designated by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) to promote academic integrity (AI), to handle allegations of academic misconduct at the divisional level for FAS, and to advise instructors, staff and students on matters related to academic integrity, academic misconduct, and the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters—the policy that informs all procedures related to academic misconduct at the University.

Please note that OSAI is responsible for administering only the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. For issues or concerns arising in relation to the Code of Student Conduct (i.e. non-academic discipline), please contact Christopher Lang, Director of Appeals, Discipline and Faculty Grievances (ADFG) at (416) 946-7663.

What is Academic Integrity?

Integrity means living your life with the key values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, fairness and responsibility, through good times and bad.* Academic integrity is applying those same values to all academic pursuits, even in the face of challenge. AI applies to every member of the University, and acting with academic integrity helps preserve a community where:

  • Competition is fair and honest work is rewarded;
  • Students are developing the personal and professional skills needed for success, like time management, effective research/writing, independent thinking, and ethical judgement;
  • Intellectual property is respected;
  • Our degrees continue to receive the respect and recognition they deserve.

Helping to ensure that the University maintains its reputation for excellence and the highest level of integrity in all areas is the responsibility of everyone in the community – including you!

* See the Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity published by the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI)

What will you find here?

The site is a comprehensive resource for students, staff and faculty of the FAS community on all matters related to AI. We are committed to promoting AI within FAS, and to offering guidance on navigating the offence resolution process.

The Rules:

  • A simplified explanation of the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, with examples of behaviour to avoid
  • A link to the Code itself, which is the formal policy that governs all procedures related to academic misconduct at U of T

For Students:

  • what is expected of you and why integrity is important
  • tips to develop good scholarly habits and avoid academic misconduct
  • information on how allegations are resolved and where to get help

For Instructors & Staff:

  • advice for fostering a community of integrity among your students
  • tips for preventing misconduct
  • suggestions for detecting and documenting misconduct
  • guidance on navigating the resolution process
  • template documents to make your job easier

For Family, Friends & Counsel:

  • information about student confidentiality and advice for helping students pursue their studies with integrity

The materials contained in this web site are provided for information and general guidance only. You may need individual advice based on the particular circumstances of your case. These materials do not amend or replace the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters which governs matters of academic misconduct at the University of Toronto. The interpretation of the Code and its proper application in any particular matter is within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal.

Your feedback on our website is welcomed. If there is information you would like to see, something is unclear, or you notice broken/outdated links, please contact us at osai.artsci@utoronto.ca.

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