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What is Academic Integrity?

"The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility."

                   International Center for Academic Integrity. (2010). In International Center for Academic Integrity: Fundamental Values Project.   Retrieved December  31, 2011, from http://www.academicintegrity.org/fundamental_values_project/index.php

 

According to Davis in Cheating in School, academic integrity also involves courage: 

The courage not to cheat, the courage to confront a friend or colleague who cheats, and the courage to confront instructors, the dean, or the Board of Trustees if they do not take cheating seriously (p. 193).

Davis writes, "For teachers and faculty, student academic integrity becomes an extension of their professionalism. For students, their academic integrity is a sign of respect for their teachers and confidence that their peers will not try to gain unfair advantage by cheating" (p.191).

             Davis, S. F., Drinan, P. F., & Gallant, T. B. (2009). Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do. West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

"There is no correlation between success and cheating; cheaters do not perform better on exams" (p. 9).

          Houston, J.P. (1986). Survey corroboration of experimental findings on classroom cheating behavior. College Student Journal 20, p. 168-173. Reported in Dowd, S. (1992). Academic Integrity: A Review and Case Study. Retrieved December 31, 2011, from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED349060.pdf.

What is plagiarism and how to avoid it

 

"DISHONESTY – ACADEMIC 
The college considers academic honesty to be essential to all academic performance. Instances of academic 
dishonesty will be treated as serious offenses of the Student Code of Conduct. Students involved in activities such 
as cheating and/or plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. 107 

  •  Definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation of language, thoughts or ideas of another author and claiming that as one’s own. Plagiarism is work not produced by the student, or work that does not credit borrowings from the original source(s).
  •  Definition of cheating: Cheating can be, but is not limited to, a student using electronic technology, notes or other written materials not permitted by the instructor; looking at other students’ papers without the instructor’s permission; requesting answers from other students; or working with other students when independent work is required. Situations where cheating may occur are during tests, exams, quizzes or other similar methods of evaluation. 

When the instructor has sufficient evidence of cheating or plagiarism, the instructor may impose disciplinary 
actions such as assigning a failing grade to the student’s assignment, quiz, paper or test. If the plagiarism or 
cheating involves major course work such as plagiarizing a research paper or cheating on a final exam, the 
instructor may fail the student in the course."

St. Clair County Community College Catalog 2014-2015., 2014. Web. 26 June 2014. 

 

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