What Are My Responsibilities Regarding Academic Integrity?
What Is an Academic Integrity Alert?
What Happens If I Receive an Academic Integrity Alert?
What Are My Rights and Possible Penalties Regarding Academic Integrity?


These resources will help you understand academic integrity at Durham College, what an academic integrity alert is, and what your rights and responsibilities are should you receive an academic integrity alert.

If you would like a printable copy of this infographic, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic integrity means academic honesty. Students are responsible for completing their studies in an open, honest, and responsible manner. This means doing and submitting your own work, citing sources appropriately, and not engaging in behaviours that would be considered to be a breach of academic integrity.

Breaches of academic integrity refer to a variety of practices including, but not limited to:

  • copying another person’s work;
  • using unauthorized materials or resources during an evaluation;
  • obtaining unauthorized copies of evaluations in advance;
  • collaborating without permission;
  • colluding or providing unauthorized assistance;
  • falsifying academic documents or records;
  • misrepresenting academic credentials;
  • buying, selling, stealing or soliciting material for the purpose of academic gain;
  • bribing or attempting to bribe personnel;
  • impersonation;
  • submitting the same work in more than one course without authorization;
  • improper use of computer technology and the internet;
  • depriving others of academic resources;
  • misrepresenting reasons for special consideration of academic work;
  • plagiarizing or failing to acknowledge ideas, data, graphics or other content without proper and full acknowledgement.

These are outlined in the Durham College Standard Definitions document.

Professors will issue an Academic Integrity Alert if they suspect a student has breached academic integrity such as copying another student’s work, accessing notes during a closed-book test, or plagiarizing. The Academic Integrity Alert form includes the student information, course information, date and description of the occurrence, or suspected breach, and a space for student comments.

It is in your best interest to meet with your professor to discuss an alleged academic integrity breach. If you do not respond to your professor’s email or choose not to discuss the alleged breach within 2 business days, your professor will notify you through DC Mail that they have submitted the Academic Integrity Alert form to the school office. You will then be required to meet with the Dean. If you do not meet with the Dean, a penalty will be applied in your absence.

You may be able to view information about the alleged breach investigation; however, this will depend on the privacy requirements that protect all Durham College students.

A first breach of academic integrity may result in one or more of the following penalties, at the discretion of the Executive Dean/Dean/Associate Dean or designate:

  • A referral to Student Academic Learning Services (SALS) to complete the Academic Integrity module, sign the Academic Integrity Pledge and/or write a self-reflection on academic integrity, and provide proof of such to the academic school as requested;
  • Repeat the original assessment or alternative assessment;
  • A deduction of the assessment by a portion of the grade;
  • A zero on the assessment;
  • An academic performance contract;
  • Removal from a course with a grade of “0” or F;
  • Suspension from a program; and/or
  • Dismissal from the College for two academic years.
  • A zero on the assessment;
  • An academic performance contract;
  • Removal from a course with a grade of “0” or “F”;
  • Suspension from a program; and/or
  • Dismissal from the College for two academic years.
  • Removal from a course with a grade of “0” or “F”;
  • Suspension from a program; and/or
  • Dismissal from the college for two academic years.

Yes, penalties for breaching academic integrity will remain on your student record for your duration of study at Durham College.

No, breaches of academic integrity will not be documented on your student transcript.

You can learn about referencing by completing the APA or MLA workshop in SALS ONLINE-Academic Writing, or you can register for a referencing workshop offered by SALS each semester. You can also speak with your professor about referencing requirements, access referencing guides from the library, or book an appointment with a Writing Specialist at SALS for more detailed instruction.

You can appeal decisions made regarding academic integrity per Durham College’s Grade Appeals policy and procedure.

For more information about academic integrity at Durham College please contact your academic advisor or