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? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.