Academic Integrity Pitfalls

  • Copying and Pasting - If you are unsure of how to cite your work, check with your instructor for the proper technique. Using someone else's without proper citation will not work. Making up resources for a bibliography, would be considered a violation to the Academic Integrity Policy. Whenever you copy and paste someone else's ideas into the body of your work is guilty of plagiarism.
  • Downloading papers off the internet - it is just as easy for an instructor to find the same paper on the internet as it is for you.
  • Cutting and pasting information off the internet without proper citation.
  • Turning in someone else's paper as your own.
  • Using the same paper in two or more classes is considered a violation to the Academic Integrity Policy unless you have both instructors' permission.
  • Looking around during an exam, may appear that you are trying to copy from others.
  • Assisting someone during an exam is considered a violation to the Academic Integrity Policy.

Rules to Live By

  • Never copy and paste into your document because then you run into problems separating your text from the source text.
  • Print out a hard copy of your source and paraphrase onto your computer screen.
  • Have a clear reason for selecting the source in your paper.
  • If you feel someone is trying to copy off of you during an exam, ask to be moved.
  • Take home exams are to be done on your own, unless otherwise instructed by the instructor.
  • Do not make marks on a graded exam and then try to claim that the instructor didn't give you a point for that question. Instructors make copies of the originals prior to returning them.
  • Do your own work.
  • Keep all the rough drafts of your papers, computer assignments (hard copy of the solutions), and lab reports in the event you are asked to defend your work. The burden of proof is on you.
  • Submit your own work. Do not let others do it for you.
  • Check with your instructor if you're allowed to submit the same paper or project for another course.
  • Ask your instructor upfront on how much collaboration is allowed or expected in group assignments.
  • Shield your work when taking exams.