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Academic Integrity

In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Check the Office of Academic Integrity's Website , for more information. All members of the UW community are expected to hold to the highest standard of academic integrity in their studies, teaching, and research. This site explains why academic integrity is important and how students can avoid academic misconduct. It also identifies resources available on campus for students and faculty to help achieve academic integrity in -- and out -- of the classroom.

Grievance

A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4 . When in doubt please be certain to contact your department's administrative assistant who will provide further assistance.

Discipline

A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity, to avoid committing academic offenses, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offense, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about rules for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course professor, academic advisor, or the Undergraduate Associate Dean. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71, Student Discipline . For typical penalties, check Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties .

Avoiding Academic Offenses

Most students are unaware of the line between acceptable and unacceptable academic behaviour, especially when discussing assignments with classmates and using the work of other students. For information on commonly misunderstood academic offenses and how to avoid them, students should refer to the Faculty of Mathematics Cheating and Student Academic Discipline Policy .

Appeals

A decision made or penalty imposed under Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances (other than a petition) or Policy 71, Student Discipline may be appealed if there is a ground. A student who believes he/she has a ground for an appeal should refer to Policy 72, Student Appeals .

Note for Students with Disabilities

The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), located in Needles Hall, Room 1401, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the OPD at the beginning of each academic term.

Geoffrey Shifflett, PhD
Co-ordinator, Exam Services
University of Waterloo
AccessAbility Services
Needles Hall 1426
519-888-4567 ext 35660
See the OPD's Website for more information.

Note to all Students to Help Students with Disabilities

To accommodate classmates who are registered with AccessAbility Services, the AccessAbility staff and I are looking for volunteer note-takers for (course name). We appreciate your contribution to the university on behalf of fellow students who are unable to take notes due to a disability. A volunteer note-taker will be asked to submit their notes once a week to access@uwaterloo.ca or to bring in their notes directly to AccessAbility Services, once a week. AccessAbility Services will make a copy of the notes and send them to the student(s) requiring the notes.

If you are interested in being a volunteer note-taker, please fill out a Volunteer Note-taker Application form, under the Oppourtunities Tab on the AccessAbility Services webpage.

Geoffrey Shifflett, PhD
Co-ordinator, Exam Services
University of Waterloo
AccessAbility Services
Needles Hall 1426
519-888-4567 ext 35660
See the OPD's Website for more information.

If you do not write your final exam

In the Faculty of Mathematics, if you fail to write your final exam, you are given either a DNW (Did Not Write) or an INC (incomplete). A DNW is equal to a 32 and is a failing grade. In exceptional circumstances, the instructor will grant an INC. An INC is permission from the instructor to complete course requirements, normally the final exam, in a later term.

Whether or not you are given an INC is strongly dependent on your performance during the term. Even if you have a medical reason for missing the exam, you may not be granted an INC, particularly if you have not performed sufficiently well during the academic term. An INC will be granted ONLY if there is a strong reason for missing the exam (generally a serious medical issue verified by a doctor's note) AND a satisfactory performance during the term (both assignments and midterm).

Good luck on your exam.

For more information on UW Final Exam Regulations

For more information on Math Faculty INC rules

For more information for First Year Students