Academic Requirements

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Series

Dates: February 3 -7, 2020

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 Feb.3 - 7, 2020.

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.

Tips for a Great Experience:

  • Confirm the room--room change each day for the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Series
  • Arrive Early. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes after the session has begun will not be admitted.
  • Bring your ONEcard to register your attendance
  • If you are unable to attend, you must cancel your registration a minimum of 24 hours prior to the workshop. Students with three "no shows" in FGSR programming will be blocked from registering for events and programming until they have contacted the Professional Development (PD) Team.  In an effort to focus our energies on creating outstanding programming for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the PD Team will not cancel sessions for registrants. 


Session 1: Code of Student Behaviour--What You Need to Know as a Graduate Student 

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room: ED North 2-115

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit: 2 Hours 

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.

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



Session 2: Human and Animal Research Ethics

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Room: NRE 2-001

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit: 1.5 Hours

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

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


Session 3: Avoiding Plagiarism: Strategies and Resources

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room: ECHA L1-490

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit: 2 Hours

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;
  • Discuss 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.

Facilitator: 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, February 6, 2020
Time: 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Room: ETLC E1-013

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit: 1.5 Hours

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.

Facilitator: Deborah Eerkes, Director, Student Conduct and Accountability



NEW SESSION: Building Good Relations with Indigenous Communities in Academic Research

Overview: This workshop engages in conversations on the need for respectful research practices and relationship building with Indigenous communities and knowledge holders in academic research.  It will touch upon topics such as integrating Indigenous knowledge in research, effective community participation, and ethical approaches to Indigenous engagement. These topics will be addressed through presentation of case study projects and personal experiences of research in the Northwest Territories, a jurisdiction that is leading the way in Indigenous research and intellectual engagement in Canada. Participants will come away with an increased understanding of what constitutes ethically engaged research with Indigenous communities, and an appreciation of the significant value that Indigenous knowledge and communities offer all areas of academic research.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the value of Indigenous involvement in research;

  • Identify the role of Indigenous knowledge in research design, implementation and outputs;

  • List three key skills for building respectful relationships with Indigenous community, particularly in relation to post-TRC responsibilities at the University of Alberta;

  • Identify positive research outcomes associated with long term collaborations with Indigenous communities. 


    Elaine Alexie, Northern Community Engagement Officer, Faculty of Native Studies and Kelsey Dokis-Jansen, Indigenous Initiates Manager, Indigenous Programming and Research Office, University of Alberta 




    Session 5: Copyright in Your Graduate Studies--What You Need to Know

    Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
    Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Location: ED North 2-115

    Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Credit: 1.5 Hours

    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.

    FacilitatorAmanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES Copyright Librarian, Copyright Office, Learning Services, University of Alberta Libraries