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Athabasca University

Student Academic Misconduct Policy

10.1.2 Intellectual Honesty

Intellectual honesty is accepted as the cornerstone of the development and acquisition of knowledge. Since knowledge is cumulative, further advances are predicated on the contributions of others.

In the normal course of scholarship these contributions are apprehended, critically evaluated, and utilized as a foundation for further inquiry. Intellectual honesty demands that the contribution of others be acknowledged. To do less is to cheat. To claim contributions and ideas of another as one’s own is to deprive oneself the opportunity and challenge to learn and to participate in the scholarly process of acquisition and development of knowledge.

Therefore, the University insists on intellectual honesty in scholarship. The control of intellectual dishonesty begins with the individual’s recognition of the standards of honesty expected and then his/her compliance with those expectations.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated July 26 2017 by laurab

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