In your capacity as an instructor, you play a crucial role in inducting students into an ethical and scholarly community.  It can sometimes feel overwhelming to uphold the values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. However, it is unfair to honest students, and compromises the value of SFU degrees, if we don't all work together to support a strong culture of academic integrity.

Listed below are some best practices to support academic honesty in your classroom:

Clearly state your expectations at the beginning of class: 

  • Explicitly state your expectations in the syllabus by using the sample syllabi statements
  • Share with students your expectations around assessed work and provide guidelines for ethical group work if applicable. One of the best things you can do is communicate regularly with your students about what you are trying to achieve, especially as we are largely teaching and learning remotely.
  • The Academic Integrity website has an engaging two minute video that can be played in class or embedded in Canvas to summarize the types of acts that are prohibited

Embed resources for students into your course syllabus/canvas course when writing assessments are used:



Arlette Stewart, MA
Academic Integrity Coordinator

Phone: 778-782-7075


Heather Roberts, MEd, CCC
Student Conduct Coordinator/Case Manager

Phone: 778-782-9456


What is Academic Integrity (video)