Academic Integrity and Appropriate College Behaviors

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Academic Integrity
What is integrity?
What do you think
“academic integrity”
means?
Academic Integrity
• Principles (values, morals, ethics) to which one is
held regarding academics
• Most colleges have a clearly defined academic
integrity policy, although the details vary at
different schools
– Formal name (e.g., Honor Code, Honor System,
Academic Integrity Policy, Code of Conduct, etc.)
– Specific regulations (e.g., types of violations, process
for reporting violations, etc.)
– Consequences (e.g., types of sanctions, severity of
sanctions, etc.)
Honor Code / Code of Conduct
• Set of rules and expectations governing students
and faculty
• Defines honorable/acceptable behavior and
dishonorable/unacceptable behavior
• Communicates importance of academic integrity to
the school community
• May include non-academic expectations in
addition to academic-related rules
Academic Integrity Violations
Cheating
• Using unauthorized materials or methods
• Receiving (or giving) unauthorized assistance
• Receiving (or giving) unfair advantage
• Can apply to any requirement, not just tests
• Examples
– Copying homework or worksheet
– Referring to textbook during online quiz
– Telling a friend what’s on a test you took early
Plagiarism
• Representing another person’s work as your
own; can apply to:
– Ideas, thoughts
– Language, direct quotes, phrasing
– Structure, organization
• You must attribute everything you use that’s
not original and cite the source
• Universities are increasingly using technology
to detect and prevent plagiarism
Falsification
• Spoken or written untruths
• a.k.a. fabrication or misrepresentation
• Applies to coursework,
emails, conversations,
documents, and more
Other Violations
• Unauthorized collaboration
• Compromising the security or integrity of an
exam, assignment, or grading process
• Helping others to violate a policy in the code
• Failure to report a known violation
• Attempting to violate a policy in the code
Possible Sanctions
• Sanctions may come from the professor
and/or the university
• Failing grade (on assignment and/or in course)
• Educational assignment/program
• Loss of privileges
• Community service
• Counseling
• Probation, suspension, or expulsion
Why is
academic
integrity
important?
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