We’re providing some tips and resources to help avoid academic integrity issues. If you have any questions about an assignment, test or professor expectations, it is highly recommended that you speak with your professor or teaching assistant for clarification.
Cheating includes copying answers from your friend’s assignment or test, using your class notes or any type of technology to find answers to the test while you are taking it or paying someone to write your essay or take your test for you.
Sitting next to your friend during an exam is too tempting and can be viewed suspiciously. It is best to sit away from a friend during an exam.
You are not allowed to copy off of another student’s exam. Their answers are their answers, not yours.
Allowing someone, even a friend, to copy off of your exam is also considered academic dishonesty. Be sure to report any instances of someone copying your exam to your Professor immediately.
Plagiarism is copying someone else's words or ideas and using it as your own without recognizing the original author(s) or having incorrect or improper citations.
Purchasing a paper or using a friends work to aid you will result in plagiarism
Use your own words when possible instead of copying directly from a source
When you start writing begin by jotting down your ideas; then go back to the author's original work
Use quotation marks and properly cite when you use words directly from a source
Even when you paraphrase another author's writings, you must properly cite them to give credit to that author
Improperly citing a source can result in plagiarism
Falsification is the practice of eliminating or changing research materials, equipment, data, or processes in such a way that the results of the research are no longer accurate or truthful. Fabrication is also the practice of inventing data or results and reporting them as actual truth.
Never make up data to prove your point or hypothesis
Speak to your professor if you are having difficulty collecting data
False data creates false results; false results creates false impressions
Working with another student on a course assignment without receiving permission from the professor or submitting the same assignment for two or more people in a group is considered inappropriate collaboration.
There is a difference between data and one’s interpretation of that data
Dividing up the work and then swapping it between group members is not acceptable
Make sure you follow the instructions of your professor
Even when doing an assignment with a group, typically your professors want to see your thoughts and conclusions
Students are not allowed to submit a course assignment for a class when it has already been submitted for another class.
While we understand that “it’s my paper” - even professors must cite themselves and acknowledge the paper when using previous work on a current paper or research project
Ask your Professor about what your intentions are in how you’ll use your previous work
You should build on previous work, not copy previous work
Learn how to cite, summarize or paraphrase before writing your papers
Learn APA or MLA citations rules; make sure you know which one your professor requires
Read your syllabi carefully and thoroughly to understand all of the course expectations
Assume you are to complete your assignments independently unless you are told otherwise
If you wait until the last minute to complete your assignments, you are more likely to commit academic dishonesty
Rely on your own notes, and learn how to take good notes in class or from your readings
Remember that sharing your assignments with others is not allowed
Keep track of your resources as you read and start writing your papers
Don’t be afraid to ask your professor for extensions
When in class, be mindful of where you sit or who you sit next to
Visit your professor during faculty office hours to get clarification
Use the tutoring and writing centers early and often