Academic Integrity Guidelines

Academic Integrity Guidelines

Academic integrity is an essential element to the philosophy and practice of promoting academic excellence. For a student to be successful, an honor code and consequences for violating the honor code must be established. Indeed, once the student is in a university, college, or workplace, any form of dishonesty will result in serious penalties, including automatic course failure and expulsion, or losing a job. The danger of plagiarism is not only the embarrassment and punishment that result from being discovered, but the self-delusion of having accomplished something.  Cheating, dishonesty, and plagiarism will not be tolerated in this classroom.


Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  • Taking, stealing, and/or using an assignment from someone else and submitting it as one’ s own.
  • Allowing another to take and/or use an assignment to submit as his/her own.
  • Looking at another’s test or essay with or without his consent for the purpose of duplicating that work and submitting it as one’s own.
  • Representing as one’s own the work or words of a parent, sibling, friend, or anyone else.
  • Discussing or revealing the contents of a test or quiz with students who have not completed the assessment.
  • Unauthorized use of teacher test materials, answer sheets, computer files, or grading programs.
  • Receiving answers for assignments or exams from any unauthorized source.
  • Working on assignments with others when not authorized by the instructor.
  • Copying from other students during an exam.
  • Giving answers to another student for an assignment or exam.


Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the following examples:

  • Directly quoting or paraphrasing all or part of another’s written or spoken words without notes or documentation within the body of a work.
  • Presenting an idea, theory, or formula originated by another person as the original work of the person submitting that work.
  • Purchasing or receiving in any other manner a term paper or other assignment that is the work of another person and submitting that assignment as the student’s own work
  • Repeating information, such as statistics or demographics, which is not common knowledge and which was originally compiled by another person regardless of intent.

The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing further defines plagiarism as:

“Forms of plagiarism include the failure to give appropriate acknowledgments when repeating another’s wording or particularly apt phrase, paraphrasing another’s argument, and presenting another’s line of thinking.  You may certainly use other person’s words and thoughts, but the borrowed material must not appear to be your creation. In your writing, then, you must document everything you borrow; not only direct quotations and paraphrases, but also information and ideas.”

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. New York:  The Modern Language Association of America, 1998.

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