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Academic Integrity

Information for Students

Academic Integrity is the cornerstone which an individual, as well as a community, can base a healthy and productive academic life on.

Tips for Avoiding Academic Integrity Violations

Below are useful tips to avoid violating the honor code's standards of student academic integrity.

  • Do not procrastinate! Start studying early on so that you will be prepared for tests and quizzes.
  • Adopt good time management skills.
  • Clarify with instructors that it is either okay or not okay to study in groups and/or work in groups (i.e. collaboration). Many students find themselves charged with an academic integrity violation because of unauthorized and/or inappropriate collaboration. If expectations around collaboration are not included in a course syllabus, don’t make and assumption – Ask a question first.
  • Become well versed in citation styles. Instructors for different courses may require a different style. If you are unsure of which citation style to use, ask your instructor.
  • Cite all information that you used from sources. Remember that this includes both an end note, work cited page, and possibly quotation marks. Any information that was taken from a source must be cited, with no exceptions. The only information that does not have to be cited is information that would be considered "common knowledge" (i.e. the sky is blue). If in doubt, cite.

What to Do If You Suspect an Academic Integrity Violation

If you suspect an academic integrity violation, as a student, you have several options. You are encouraged to talk with the instructor of the class. Tell them what you saw, how you saw it, and why you think a violation occurred. You can ask that the faculty member not reveal to the suspected student that you witnessed the alleged violation. You may be asked to serve as a witness at a conduct hearing, but you cannot be forced to do so.

Another option would be to talk with the student suspected of the violation. You can ask that they:

  • Not do it again, and if they do, you will turn them in
  • Self-report...Standards
  • Try and understand why you are upset that they did this

A final option would be talk with someone from the Office of the Dean of Students. A staff member can walk you through what happened and give you advice on what you should do next.