Plagiarism and Cheating Policy

It has come to our attention that many students claim to have not been made aware of the University’s regulations with regard to plagiarism and cheating. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they are aware of university and departmental policies that affect them and their work.

The McGill University Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies “General Information, Regulations and Research Guidelines” states that:

“In submitting work in their courses, students should remember that plagiarism and cheating are considered to be extremely serious offenses.”

Although not exhaustive, the following definition is indicative of what constitutes “plagiarism”:

To plagiarize is to take the work (either ideas or words) of another person and pass them off as one’s own. Although it is not necessary to state the source of well known or easily verifiable facts, students are expected to acknowledge the sources of ideas and expressions they use in their written work, whether quoted directly or paraphrased. This applies to diagrams, statistical tables and the like, as well as to written material, and materials or information from Internet sources.

The Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures includes sections on both plagiarism and cheating. The Code is included in the “Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook”.  The latest version of the code (PDF) can be found here. We refer you to the Code itself as well as to its definition of plagiarism and cheating and the procedures for dealing with academic offenses such as plagiarism and cheating.

We wish to make it clear that the Division of Experimental Medicine shall pursue any disciplinary action should any such offense be committed. The consequences or penalty of such an act may go as far as expulsion from the University.