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What are the violation types?

QuestionMarkA student violates academic integrity by

  • sharing login information
  • submitting coursework completed by another
  • receiving unauthorized assistance with coursework
  • committing an act of plagiarism

Click each violation type below to reveal the definition.

Sharing Login Information

Allowing anyone, even a sibling, spouse, or parent, to log-in as you and participate or otherwise communicate as you in a course under any circumstances.

In urgent circumstances, the home college or Student Services can contact your instructor external to the course.

TIP! (light bulb)

The course syllabus includes external contact information for your instructor. Store the contact information offline for you and others to easily access in cases of urgency when you cannot access your course!

Submitting Coursework Completed by Another

Using coursework created or otherwise completed by another, such as a service that writes a paper for you or sells you a paper. Having anyone complete your coursework or using another's coursework from a prior term or another course.

Since the above types of coursework are not produced by you, submitting them as your work is dishonest.

TIP! (light bulb)Cheating demonstrates a lack of respect for your college, your classmates, your instructor, and most of all, yourself and your education!

Receiving Unauthorized Assistance with Coursework

Communication by phone, text, chat or otherwise working with another during coursework UNLESS approved by the instructor in advance. Authorized assistance occurs with an acknowledgment in coursework of tutoring, study group collaboration, assistance from a librarian, or any other source.

TIP! (light bulb)Spontaneous sharing of ideas with others may influence your coursework. This is a natural and valuable part of your education. However, if substantially influential, inform your instructor of the collaboration to avoid possible misunderstandings about the originality of your work.

Committing an Act of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of using words, graphics, or ideas from a source without acknowledging the source. Acknowledgement of a source is required for every summary, paraphrase, or quote of material or ideas not of your creation that is also not common knowledge. It is better to cite than assume anything is common knowledge. Acknowledgement is expected both within the body of coursework and, as necessary, in a references list formatted according to the citation style.

TIP! (light bulb) Cite your source if you use three or more consecutive words from another work in summary, paraphrase, or quote format. Take good notes about sources for material to make citation of sources an easier task in your coursework.

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