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Student Success Month

October 2021

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.

UM 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!

October 1 - 31, 2021 Student Success Month Schedule

Week 1 | October 4 - 8

October 4

October 5

October 6

October 7

Week 2 | October 11 - 15

Week 3 | October 18 - 22

October 18

October 19

October 20

October 21

Week 4 | October 25 - 29

October 25

October 26

October 27

October 28

Student Advocacy tips for success

As a member of the university community, you are expected to demonstrate behaviour that upholds academic integrity and is appropriate and respectful. Check out the tip clips from Student Advocacy and recommended resources to avoid academic misconduct. Student Advocacy is a safe place for students to get help navigating the university processes and advocate for your rights as a student at UM.

Exam Monitoring Software

Students often express anxiety over being ‘falsely accused’ of academic misconduct when writing exams that are invigilated using monitoring software like “Respondus”.

For more information, see the links below, and speak to your instructor about your concerns or questions.

Note Sharing Websites

Many students have been turning to websites such as Chegg, Course Hero, or Quizlet to ‘help’ them with their courses and exams. However, these sites should be used with caution, as they may result in an allegation of academic misconduct. We recommend using legitimate and approved resources on campus to help you succeed in courses and exams, such as the Academic Learning Centre or Libraries.

Open-book Online Exams

Sometimes students find themselves accused of academic misconduct for misunderstanding the expectations and rules surrounding ‘open book exams’. Clarify the expectations with your instructor, and follow the rules around citing, referencing, and plagiarism when writing essays and exams.

International Day Against Contract Cheating

International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating is October 20

Speak up & out against contract cheating

October 20 is the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. There are two key events on this day. Register to join and listen in with the global community.

  • Student IDoA Web Event

    Join post secondary students from around the globe to engage in marking the International Day of Action Against contract Cheating (IDoA).


  • IDoA Expert Presentation & Panel

    Join us on October 20th to hear Dr. Thomas Lancaster (UK) speak about the threat of contract cheating. Following his presentation there will be a panel from academic integrity experts all over the globe: Sarah E. Eaton, Canada; Rowena Harper, Australia; Zeenath Khan, UAE; and Billy Kelly, Ireland.


Get creative and enter your IDOA meme into this year's contest

Sign up today to participate in the Sixth Annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating – The International Center of Academic Integrity (ICAI) is sponsoring the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating Student Meme Contest. The purpose of the contest is to generate works that may be used either this year or in future years to promote the event and provide students with the opportunity to share their opinions about the threat contract cheating poses to the higher education experience and the overall importance of academic integrity. Submissions must be received by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Oct 15, 2021.

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