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Academic Integrity

Use the following guide to learn more about academic integrity

Group work and Academic Integrity

Remember, when working as a team, each team member is responsible for the work submitted collectively by the team.

  • This includes work that may be considered academically dishonest, or in which an academic offence has been committed (as defined by the University’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters). In other words, if one of your team members takes a shortcut and copies material from the internet or a past assignment, or simply isn’t aware of the rules regarding appropriate citation for sources consulted, the whole team faces consequences that may arise from an allegation of academic misconduct.

It is up to each team member to be sufficiently familiar with the work being submitted; to check each other’s work for proper citations and originality; and to be aware of the relevant policies.

  • Ignorance of the rules does not excuse cheating or plagiarism. If you have any doubts, be sure to consult your instructor or Academic Advising & Career Counseling BEFORE you submit the work.

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Principles of Effective Group work

Meet very early on. Ensure that you schedule an initial meeting right after your team is formed.

Develop a team charter or contract. During your initial meeting, identify some common goals and ground rules for team members.

Identify a team lead or project manager. The team lead or project manager can take responsibility for developing the overall project plan; for example, this role might:

  • Determine project timelines
  • Set meeting times and agendas
  • Confirm work and specific tasks
  • Chair project meetings
  • Follow‐up on task completion

Establish supporting roles and duties. Depending on the size of your team, you may wish to assign specific roles (e.g. lead for a specific task)  and duties to each member. For example:

  • Researcher: finds references and articles relevant to the subject; keeps copies of relevant documents and websites.
  • Writer: converts the team’s ideas into text and structures the final submission.
  • Editor: checks for grammar, spelling and syntax but also double‐checks facts and references.
  • Recorder: maintains a record of each member’s contributions, meeting minutes and correspondence between team members (e.g. emails).

Please note:   All students are responsible for and expected to contribute to research and writing.

Seek help in times of difficulty. Early intervention can get a team in difficulty back on track. It is expected that teams in this situation will seek out the assistance of the faculty advisor immediately. Remember that you are expected to meet the submission deadline for your project and that unresolved team issues will not excuse late submissions or incomplete work.

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Integrity while working in teams

In this video, two students discuss collaborating with friends and working in teams in their programs, Psychology and Computer Science. Be aware that rules are different from program to program and course to course. Check with your instructor to be sure what types of collaborative learning are permitted!

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