Sample AI Statements
Example #1: Formal and Comprehensive
Academic integrity is fundamental to learning and scholarship at the University of Toronto. Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in this academic community ensures that the U of T degree that you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement, and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.
You are expected to know what constitutes AI; familiarize yourself with the University of Toronto’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. It is the rule book for academic behaviour at the U of T. Potential offences include, but are not limited to, the following:
In papers and assignments:
- Using someone else’s ideas or words without appropriate acknowledgement.
- Copying material word-for-word from a source (including lecture and study group notes) and not placing the words within quotation marks.
- Submitting your own work, in part or whole, in more than one course without the permission of the instructor.
- Making up sources or facts.
- Including references to sources that you did not use.
- Obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on any assignment including:
- working in groups on assignments that are supposed to be individual work
- having someone rewrite or add material to your work while “editing”
- Lending your work to a classmate who submits it as his/her own without your permission.
On tests and exams:
- Using or possessing any unauthorized aid, including a cell phone
- Looking at someone else’s answers
- Letting someone else look at your answers
- Misrepresenting your identity
- Submitting an altered test for re-grading
- Falsifying or altering any documentation required by the University, including doctor’s notes.
- Falsifying institutional documents or grades.
To remind you of these expectations, and help you avoid accidental offences, you must include a signed Academic Integrity Checklist with every assignment. If you do not include the statement, your work will not be graded.
The University of Toronto treats cases of academic misconduct very seriously. All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be investigated following the procedures outlined in the Code. The consequences for academic misconduct can be severe, including a failure in the course and a notation on your transcript. If you have any questions about what is or is not permitted in this course, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you have questions about appropriate research and citation methods, seek out additional information from me, or from other available campus resources like the U of T Writing Website. If you are experiencing personal challenges that are having an impact on your academic work, please speak to me or seek the advice of your college registrar. You may find other useful resources at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/osai/resources.
Example #2: Short and General
While I don’t expect to encounter instances of cheating in this class, you should be aware that I take academic integrity very seriously, and that there are significant consequences if you are caught cheating or engaging in academic misconduct. All academic work in this course must adhere to the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.
- In written work, all sources used must be correctly cited, and if material is copied directly, appropriately cited and placed within quotation marks.
- Exams and tests must be written without the use or possession of unauthorized aids, including notes and cellular phones.
- If you work or study with friends, protect your work by not sharing or emailing your notes or assignments. You can help friends by discussing your ideas together and comparing your notes from lectures, but all written work must be completed on your own.
- You can find help with your assigned work by seeing me in office hours, speaking with your TA, or visiting the many resources available on campus.
Example #3: Writing-specific
The expectation in this course is that you are familiar with how to properly paraphrase and summarize from sources, and how to correctly acknowledge material using footnotes, quotation marks, and bibliographic entries. It is also expected that you are familiar with what constitutes an academic offence under the University’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, which includes plagiarism, submitting purchased material, providing unauthorized assistance to friends, and use of unauthorized aids during exams. If you are not familiar with these rules, or need a reminder, check these resources. I am available to you at any time during office hours for help with assignments. You can also get help through your college Writing Centre and the Academic Success Centre.