Academic Requirements

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Series

Dates: Sep. 30 - Oct. 4, 2019

In our ongoing support to help graduate students fulfill their Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirements, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is pleased to present an Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Series Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2019.

This series covers some of the integral parts to being a graduate student -- what you need to know to complete your thesis correctly, pursue your research ethically and conduct yourself accordingly.  

Be sure to contact your department BEFORE registering. Your department may be using other courses or workshops to meet the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement.

Please bring your ONEcard to check-in and note that late-comers will not be admitted as these sessions may also count towards your Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement.


Session 1: Human and Animal Research Ethics

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1-490

Overview: This session will delve into the purpose of ethics review processes, what is involved in ethics reviews, and who is responsible for obtaining approval when. It will also offer tips on the pitfalls to avoid.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain basic principles related to human;
  • Discuss how research ethics relates to academic integrity; and
  • Identify how you can obtain additional information and support about research ethics.

Presenter: Susan Babcock, Director, Research Ethics Office (REO)


Session 2: Copyright and Graduate Studies—What You Need To Know

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1-490

Overview: Copyright should not prevent you from doing your best academic work but ignoring copyright issues until the end of your program can create unnecessary stress. This session provides an overview of copyright issues (including your rights as an author) related to preparing a graduate thesis and publishing journal articles.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain who has the rights to content protected by copyright in their thesis and why;
  • List three options they have related to including third party content in their theses;
  • More confidently interpret policies and author agreements relevant to their published articles; and
  • Identify when it is appropriate to conduct a preliminary fair dealing assessment related to using third party content in your thesis.

Presenter: Amanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES Copyright Librarian, Copyright Office, Learning Services, University of Alberta Libraries


Session 3: Avoiding Plagiarism: Strategies and Resources

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1-490

Overview: This session introduces participants to the definitions, causes, and pitfalls of plagiarism. It also offers a preliminary look at principles of effective paraphrasing and reviews various strategies and resources for graduate student writers seeking to "plagiarism protect" themselves.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the nuanced definition of plagiarism;
  • Discussion of some of the causes of plagiarism and why graduate students can be vulnerable to plagiarism;
  • Explain some pitfalls of citing and referencing that may lead to plagiarism; and
  • Offer an introductory understanding of paraphrasing strategies.

Presenter: Stephen Kuntz, PhD, Associate Director, Writing Resources, Student Services, Academic Success Centre


Session 4: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence: A University of Alberta Approach

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1-490

Overview: In 2017, the University of Alberta approved a Sexual Violence Policy. This session will provide information on the University's approach, the available resources, and guidance for graduate student teaching assistants and instructors in relation to receiving disclosures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define sexual violence;
  • Define consent;
  • Explain the difference between a disclosure and a complaint;
  • Describe the steps for receiving a disclosure;
  • Discuss the options available to survivors of sexual violence;
  • Explain how privacy and confidentiality function in relationship to the Policy; and
  • Identify resources for further information and support related to sexual violence and the Policy.

Presenter: Deborah Eerkes, Director, Student Conduct and Accountability


Session 5: Code of Student Behaviour: What You Need To Know As a Graduate Student

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: ECHA L1-490

Overview: Understanding the Code of Student Behaviour is critical to your success as a graduate student. This session provides an overview of the Code, offering explanations and case studies along the way to build your understanding of the behavioural expectations that support academic integrity and an atmosphere of safety and dignity for all members of the campus community. This session will also review your rights under the Code and the disciplinary process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain your rights under the Code;
  • Identify the six sections of the Code and provide an explanation of each;
  • Outline the various types of sanctions that can be applied for code violations;
  • Describe the disciplinary process; and
  • Identify campus resources that support students.

Presenter: Bryan Hogeveen, PhD, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts

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