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Academic Integrity

Guide to having academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism

Is it a violation of academic integrity?

Decide if the following scenario is a violation of academic integrity.

You were busy working on a five page paper last night for ENG 101. You didn't quite get around to your reading assignments for human communication. Fortunately, your roommate is in the same human communication class! On the way to class, you ask your roommate what the readings were all about.  


Decide if the following scenario is a violation of academic integrity.

Last week, you took a survey of the class so that you would be able to include statistical information in your Psychology paper. But you lost the survey results! You try to remember the results as best you can, then use educated guesses to create an infographic which you include in your paper.


Decide if the following scenario is a violation of academic integrity.

You worked really hard last term on a 15 page paper about gender roles in the workplace. Now you have a similar assignment in a different class! You ask your instructor if it would be acceptable to submit the same paper you wrote last term. After gaining the instructor's permission, you submit your paper for the second time.


Decide if the following scenario is a violation of academic integrity.

You and a friend work together on your algebra homework. You work through each problem together, bouncing ideas off of each other until you both feel confident that you got most of the problems correct. Your answers to the math questions are identical.


Decide if the following scenario is a violation of academic integrity.

You didn't get back to campus until 3 AM last night. You didn't hear your alarm go off for your 8:00 class, but your roommate managed to wake you up in time for you to get to class a little late. You politely ask your instructor to go to the bathroom, then spend ten minutes finishing your morning routine.


Decide if the following scenario is a violation of academic integrity.

Your professor has assigned a take-home midterm exam.  You are allowed to use your notes, textbook, and other sources like the internet--but you are not allowed to work with your classmates.  The exam is 75 questions, and you have other work to do, so you get together with a friend in the class and split up the questions.  You each turn in your own exam, but you each only did half of the questions yourself.  Since you could have looked the answers up on the internet, does it really matter if friends helped each other?