What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is a commitment to upholding the values of respect, integrity, and accountability in all academic and scholarly endeavours.

The responsibility for academic integrity is shared by all members of the UBC community, and we all benefit as a result.

Academic integrity is a shared value and an ongoing shared responsibility. Without integrity, a degree from any institution has no meaning. Yet, academic integrity is much more than just the absence of dishonesty or academic misconduct. It is a collective effort to ensure honesty, trust, fairness, and respect in all we do.

The International Centre for Academic Integrity values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage are captured within UBC’s vision of academic integrity.

The core values of academic integrity


An essential and learned value: regard felt or shown towards different people, ideas, and actions

Through the lens of academic integrity, respect means having regard for not only your own work but also the work of others. Respect is reciprocal, both given and earned. It means always upholding principles of academic integrity, but doing so with fairness. Students act with respect when they acknowledge others’ ideas and work using disciplinary expectations and norms. Faculty act with respect when they set work in a fair and equitable manner, and when they ensure credit is based on fair and honest work.


A moral value: the quality of being honest, ethical and truthful

Honesty forms the foundation of academic integrity. Through honesty we build trust both within our community and outward. Students act with honesty when they endeavour to learn, submit work based on their own efforts, and properly acknowledge the contributions of others. Faculty work with honesty when they set and communicate clear expectations for work, provide support for students in meeting these expectations, and respond to incidents of academic misconduct.


A personal and public value: being responsible for our conduct and actions and delivering upon our respective and reciprocal commitments

Accountability is a responsibility shared by every member of the teaching and learning community. Each individual is accountable to themselves, but also to their peers, their faculty, and the greater community. To be accountable means having the courage to make the right decisions in circumstances where difficult choices are in front of us. It also means acting to prevent others from engaging in dishonesty, and responding appropriately if they do.