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Academic Integrity

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when you use another person's ideas, words, or artistic work in your own work without giving credit to the original author.

Copying and pasting a sentence from a website into an essay without acknowledging the website is an example of plagiarism.

The key to all learning is exploring the words, ideas and creations of others. As a student or researcher, you need to use - but not abuse - the work of others.


Contract cheating 

Contract cheating, as defined by Lancaster & Clarke (n.d.) is “a form of academic dishonesty where students get academic work completed on their behalf, which they then submit for academic credit as if they had created it themselves.” (See for the full definition).

Access this Student Tip Sheet on How to Avoid Contract Cheating.

For more information, please visit our Academic Integrity Library Guide.

Penalties for plagiarism

Plagiarism is forbidden in academic institutions, and there are penalties for plagiarizing in your work.

At Centennial we follow the college's Academic Honesty & Plagiarism Policy.


How to avoid plagiarism?

When you present your work show that you have:

  • Explored relevant sources (done the research).
  • Understood what you have studied.
  • Developed views of your own, based on your studies.

Resource: A Student's Guide to Academic Integrity at Centennial College


Cite your sources

Document the sources in your work using citations and references.  

The library has guides to commonly used citation styles:

Visit The Learning Portal’s How to Cite module for information about how and why to cite your sources.


Resources for Faculty

The Academic Integrity online learning module for faculty is available to all college employees via eCentennial, our Learning Management System. This module offers all faculty an evidence-informed and consistent approach to promoting academic integrity in the classroom, including tips for responding to breaches of academic honesty among students. Faculty can also find handouts and materials focused on promoting academic integrity that can be adapted and used in their own classes. The online module is self-paced and provides practical and essential knowledge and skills to bring our Centennial College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures to life in the classroom and across the College as a whole.

For more information, please visit our Faculty Resources for Online Teaching Library Guide