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Student Supports

University life is difficult and rewarding. In this section you will find information on academic and personal supports offered by the University of Winnipeg.

Writing & studying support: University classes can be difficult. Note that faculty in the CJ department are not only there to teach you content but to help you develop academic skills. Too often, students rely on Google or Wikipedia to write papers. While that might provide some helpful initial information, all papers require the use of academic sources.

How do I use the library?: Librarians are an incredible source of resources when you are writing a paper. Navigating the library can sometimes be daunting, but librarians are trained to help you. If you need help finding articles for a paper you need to write, search the catalogue. Get help by contacting the library.

Library databases: The library databases are where you can start your library search. These databases take you to books, journal articles, and other important information necessary to write a paper.

How can I get help writing a paper?: The University of Winnipeg offers writing support. You can email rhettutor@uwinnipeg.ca to schedule an appointment. You can also visit the Writing Centre website for more information about the available services.

What is APA format and how do I use it?: Referencing or citing the work you use when writing a paper is crucial. There are many different referencing styles. Most papers accept APA style, which is formally known as American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style. Purdue University provides one of the best guides to APA style.

Academic Misconduct

For a very helpful overall guide to academic misconduct, see the Library's guide on academic integrity.

What is academic misconduct? Academic misconduct can take different forms. It can be cheating – i.e. bringing in notes to an exam when it is not allowed or buying a test beforehand. Academic misconduct can also be plagiarizing, which is copying someone else’s work and claiming it as your own. Academic misconduct can be falsifying information or misrepresenting research results, data, or citations. The University has a policy outlining types of academic misconduct.

How can I avoid academic misconduct? Academic misconduct can be avoided by ensuring you are organized and prepared. This can include not leaving papers to the last minute, asking for an extension if you don’t feel prepared, ensuring you are caught up on class material, accessing university peer tutoring services in academic writing, and most of all, being honest about your education.

What happens if I am accused of academic misconduct? The University of Winnipeg has a strict policy about misconduct. The University of Winnipeg Student Association provides helpful guidelines.

Health and mental health support

University can be a very stressful time. There are numerous competing demands on students’ lives. Sometimes it is important to reach out for help with these issues. The University of Winnipeg offers counseling services and health services to all its students. See the Student Wellness website for more information and to make appointments.

Criminal Justice Student Engagement

University is also about making connections with fellow students and faculty. Our Department offers numerous ways to connect.

Criminal Justice Students' Association (CJSA): Do you have questions about criminal justice and what to do after you graduate? Perhaps you are looking to meet other CJ students or become involved with the CJSA. The Criminal Justice Department has a very active student association. Visit the Criminal Justice Students' Association website for more information, contact the CJSA president or visit the CJSA on social media.

Coffee Talks: Dr. Alex Tepperman offers several coffee talk sessions each year to answer a wide range of questions that students might have. Be on the lookout for information about these sessions, or contact Dr. Tepperman for more information.