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Information for Family, Friends & Counsel

Thank you for taking an interest in academic integrity at the Faculty of Arts and Science. On our website, you will find information about:

Learning and Integrity

Part of attending university is learning how to be independent and make good choices in difficult circumstances. As you know, students today are often faced with juggling priorities of family, jobs, and academic work while at the same time learning how to succeed in a competitive environment that can be very different from high school. Students who become overwhelmed by this challenging environment sometimes make poor choices to alleviate the immediate concern, without thinking of the implications of their actions. It is important to remember that integrity must guide us when times are hard, not only when times are easy.

What You Can Do

You can help your child or friend succeed by:

  • being supportive of their need for study time and space;
  • encouraging them to think ethically and make good choices. For example, you can remind them that handing in their own honest work, even if it a few days late or not perfect, is a better choice than cheating;
  • encouraging them to study subjects that they enjoy and are good at;
  • discussing the costs of taking “shortcuts”, and remembering that challenges are a part of true learning;
  • helping them learn from their mistakes and to take responsibility for their actions;
  • informing yourself and your child or friend of the many resources provided by U of T to help students learn the skills to succeed at university and beyond.

If a student you know is facing an allegation of misconduct, encourage them to get advice from their College Registrar as soon as possible.


The University takes academic misconduct very seriously because it undermines the fairness of the evaluation process, is not fair to students who do not take “shortcuts”, and can contribute to the devaluation of the degree for which they are working so hard. Any form of academic misconduct will be pursued, and the outcome is often a failing grade in the course and an annotation on the transcript for a period of time. Some offences result in suspension from the University or permanent expulsion.

Information About Specific Cases

Please note that under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), a student’s personal information is confidential; this includes information about allegations of academic misconduct and our office is not authorized to provide any of it to families or friends of students. However, we understand concerns may arise. Please visit U of T’s Parents and Families website for more information regarding student confidentiality and other resources available to inform you of the University’s policies.

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