Academic (Dis)Honesty

Academic (Dis)Honesty
You are responsible for being familiar with relevant
SFU policies
 S 10.01 Code of Academic Integrity and Good
 S 10.02 Principles and Procedures of Student
 All SFU Policies =
 Other resources: Library learning commons,
SCAISLE newsletters
Forms of Academic Dishonesty
submitting the same or similar work for
different courses
cheating on tests or exams
misrepresenting your sources by (for example)
quoting incorrectly
providing incorrect documentation, e.g. giving the
wrong page number
making incorrect claims, e.g. saying a source says
one thing when it really says the opposite or
something else
Action against academic dishonesty
Despite repeated warnings some students at
SFU continue to violate the Code of Academic
All violations are subject to penalties.
Academic Dishonesty Report (ADR) creates a
centralized record of misconduct.
In Hist. 288, violations of academic honesty
will be documented in an ADR. Assignments
that demonstrate academic dishonesty risk
being penalized with a grade of F.
Definition: the unacknowledged or the
inadequately acknowledged use of the ideas
and / or words of another source.
Plagiarism is plagiarism whether you intend it
or not.
Manifestations of plagiarism
a specific fact or concept with which you were
unfamiliar, and that you cannot expect your readers to
know, for which you do not supply your source of
information, e.g. by not giving the author, title, and
page number in a footnote
a suppressed quotation, i.e. words taken from a
source that do not appear in quotation marks…even if
you supply your source, e.g. by giving the author,
title, and page number in a footnote
How to avoid plagiarism
Create a bibliographical document in which you list
every source (journal article, encyclopedia article, book,
web site, etc.) that you consult during your research.
Take careful and precise notes during your research by
 double-checking everything you copy from a source
 putting everything you copy directly from a source in
quotation marks
 keying page numbers from sources to specific facts,
summaries in your own words, and copied text
 double-checking all page numbers
Follow all requirements for the essay as stated in
the syllabus and online, including 12-point font,
stapled pages, pagination, correct footnote and
bibliographic form.
Provide a direct answer to the question. The
answer is your argument or thesis statement. You
must devote your essay to proving it.
Support your argument by taking compelling
evidence from your primary sources. You do this
through an analysis of relevant passages in these
Do not be a disciple of Jean Jacques Rousseau:
“Commençons donc par écarter tout les faits.”
Your sources are sacred. Quote accurately.
Do not change a single word. Adapt your
prose to a quotation, not the other way around.
Do not misrepresent your source. Do not
impose a meaning on it that it clearly does not
Introduce quotations. Do not simply plop
down a quotation out of the blue without
identifying the speaker or indicating the
relevance of the quotation.
Write for your reader not for yourself. If your
reader has to guess your meaning, you have
not been successful in conveying it.
The power of Ibid.
1. Gordon Craig, Germany: 1866-1945 (New
York: Oxford University Press, 1978), 227.
2. Ibid., 315. [This means your source is again
Craig’s book, page 315.]
3. Ibid. [This means that your source is Craig’s
book yet again and page 315 again.]
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