Western takes academic integrity very seriously and sanctions students for even accidental plagiarism. A number of tools exist to help students learn proper citation and paraphrasing, as well as what is considered a scholastic offense.
As of January 2013, all incoming graduate students must take the School of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies (SGPS) Academic Integrity Module. Without successfully taking the module, students will not progress into their second term. Students can preview the questions here.
Western Libraries are a wonderful resource for both research and academic advice. They have a plagiarism guide available to help you determine if you’ve cited a passage properly. The Office of the Ombudsperson also produces a brochure concerning Cheating, Plagiarism and Unauthorized Collaboration. If you have been accused of a scholastic offence, check out the Ombuds guide: Cheating, Plagiarism and Other Scholastic Offences. This guide discusses sanctions, appeals and whether an appeal is the right thing to do.