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18.2: Academic Integrity

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  • Defining Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is defined as the honest and responsible pursuit of scholarship. Academic integrity is characterized by

    • completing exams and other academic assignments in an honest way
    • presenting truthful and accurate data and research information in academic assignments
    • avoiding plagiarism by properly incorporating and acknowledging sources

    The reputation of a school and its assessment of student work depend on integrity.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{1}\)

    Which of the following is NOT a vital characteristic of academic integrity?

    1. doing your own work on assignments
    2. correctly citing sources in a research paper
    3. completing all work without assistance or help from a TA
    4. presenting accurate and truthful data
    5. following assignment and exam instructions


    Why Academic Integrity Matters

    • It’s vital to being a responsible part of the academic community.
    • Consequences for failing to give credit to sources can be severe. Violating your school’s academic integrity policy may lead to suspension or expulsion.
    • As a member of the academic community, it is important to build and uphold a positive reputation. This will carry over to life after college, as you seek recommendations from professors to enter a career field.
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