Student Success Month

Student Success Month

October 2020

If you are a new student or learner… this is when all of the information you heard at your orientation becomes relevant. It is critical that you access the academic and personal supports to help you build the skills you need to be successful in your first year and beyond.

If you are a returning student or learner… now is the time when those familiar academic and personal responsibilities start to mount up. It is vital that you reflect on your previous years’ experience and identify the areas you will need to improve on in order to meet your goals.

Student and learner success is about more than a grade on your transcript. Your success is dependant on your academic, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

The U of M is proud to feature a range of events hosted by support units across campus. These events include topics such as:

  • Career preparation
  • Stress management
  • Academic writing
  • Research skills
  • Cultural adaptation and identity
  • And more!

Studying for Midterms

This workshop introduces the top study strategies that successful students use to prepare for tests and exams, as well as tips on time management and self-care so you can head into midterms feeling prepared and confident.

October 1 - 31, 2020 Student Success Month Schedule

Week 2 | October 4 - 10

October 4

October 5

October 6

October 7

October 8

October 9

Week 3 | October 11 - 17

October 11

October 12

October 13

October 14

October 15

October 16

Week 4 | October 18 - 24

October 18

October 19

October 20

October 21

October 22

October 23

Week 5 | October 25 - 31

October 25

October 26

October 27

October 28

October 29

October 30

International Day Against Contract Cheating

Twenty Live in 20

Join the Twenty Live in 20 – Global Conversation about contract cheating.
The 20-hour Global LIVE event starts October 20 at 9 p.m. CST on Zoom (registration required) or via YouTube Live. You can listen and watch with either platform, but only through YouTube Live can you ask the presenters questions. Here is a complete list of the Twenty Live in 20 presenters from around the world.

Join Canada’s presentation – Unapologetically Ethical: Canada’s Stance Against Contract Cheating, hosted by the International Center for Academic Integrity’s Canadian National Group Panel at 11:00 AM CST on Wednesday October 21.

What is Contract Cheating

Studying with the values of academic integrity (honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, courage) can help to protect your academic credential. Acts of academic misconduct give some students an unfair advantage, jeopardize the value of the work that you do, and place you at risk. One specific form of academic misconduct is contract cheating.

Here are some frequently asked questions about contract treating, including tips to avoid it.

This work was adapted from Miron, J., & McKenzie, A. (2020, Oct 5). Avoiding contract cheating student tip sheet and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike2.5 Canada License.

What is contract cheating?

  • Outsourcing academic work (e.g., essays, assignments, tests) to pay-for-profit sites (e.g., homework sites, essay mills, tutor sites) OR personal acquaintances (e.g., friends, family or classmates).

Is contract cheating a problem?

  • Contract cheating is an act of academic misconduct
  • You can face serious consequences at the University of Manitoba, including expulsion
  • You risk being blackmailed or having your personal information shared by pay-for-profit sites

Are homework or tutor sites OK?

  • Some sites ask you to upload course presentation slides, notes, assignments, tests, or course outlines that are copyright protected and are not yours to share
  • Accessing the solutions or answers from a tutor site does not help you learn the course content
  • Beware that information provided on such sites may be incorrect and cannot be validated

What if I see an ad on my social media feed (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) for a contract cheating service provider?

  • Contact the owner of the account to ask them to take the posting down
  • Consider posting your own message to alert other students about the risks of contract cheating

What if a friend asks me for my answers to a test, my old assignments, or a copy of an essay?

  • You run the risk of your work being copied, which puts you at risk for being accused of academic misconduct
  • Talk to your friend about how you completed the assignment or how you approached studying
  • Refer your friend to the professor/teacher/TA for help

How can I avoid contract cheating?

  • Plan your schedule -time crunches can lead to increased pressures and bad choices
  • Reach out to experts at the University of Manitoba that can help you –look at the website and talk to your professor, instructor, or TA about resources that might help (e.g., library services, school tutors, writing centres, accessibility services, international student services)

Beyond Student Success Month