Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Leanne Wells


Upon entering the world of scholarship at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), it is extremely important for students to know how to act with integrity and to be aware of the regulations that govern our institution.

While many university students are concerned about plagiarism and how to avoid it, plagiarism is only one part of the broader concept of academic integrity.

So What Is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity refers to the values of honesty, accountability, fairness, and respect that are at the heart of knowledge creation and academic inquiry at UNB.

UNB places a high value on academic integrity. All students, staff, and faculty are expected to apply these values in their day-to-day activities at UNB and to practice ethical behaviour in their broader academic and scientific communities.

Cultivating ethical behavior in your work at UNB helps you meet UNB’s standards of conduct but also prepares you for professional life upon graduation. Employers will not only expect you to demonstrate concrete skills, such as critical reasoning and oral expression, but also ethical judgment and behaviour.

Citation and Plagiarism

As a member of our academic community, it’s important to realize that the information you may have presented in a high school assignment will look quite different from what is expected now you’re at the university level. You will also discover that UNB has a policy on plagiarism.  Every course outline or syllabus contains a statement on plagiarism.

UNB Libraries has a Citation & Plagiarism Research Guide (as shown below) that offers more information on why it’s important to cite your sources in your academic work.

Screenshot of the Citation and Plagiarism Research Guide with contact information and a definition of plagiarism.
Citation and Plagiarism Research Guide: a guide to frequently-asked-questions and resources.

The basics of citing (referencing) the work of others will be explored further in Module 2 – Advanced Research Strategies.

In the meantime, if you’d like more information about Academic Integrity and Plagiarism, please see:


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