History Department Policy on Academic Integrity

The purpose of educational requirements like exams and papers is both to build student skills through their hard work and to provide an opportunity for evaluation and comparison of student performance. Using improper methods, namely stealing from the works of others, defeats these goals. Cheating is also morally and ethically wrong: it violates the intellectual property rights of knowledge producers and it treats other honest students unfairly.  

In order to maintain academic integrity the History Department has created the following guidelines.

Cheating on exams is a serious breach of expected academic honesty. You cheat when, instead of learning the information on your own, you use improper means in taking exams.
Cheating takes many forms, including but not limited to:

To help prevent cheating during in-class exams, books and bags should be removed from easy sight, no recording or playing machines may be used. Only paper from the instructor is to be used.  For take-home or online exams students should not consult with any other students or use any sources, unless explicitly allowed to do so by the instructor.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating usually done on written assignments, where, intentionally or not, a writer uses other people's information without proper credit. Actually, other people's information may be readily appropriated in other media environments.  "Fair use" is often allowed in some forms of writing (including this page), but is not allowed in coursework for the History Department. Usually, in our academic setting, information sources must be properly and precisely credited.   You should be aware of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. 
For more information and links to sites about plagiarism go to information literacy, and read the guide "Help stop plagiarism!" 

Plagiarism takes many forms, including but not limited to:

NOTE: Having other people read your unfinished paper and make suggestions is not plagiarism, but rather should be encouraged as part of the writing process. Do use the Writing Center!

The most common form of plagiarism these days is to "cut and paste:" namely a plagiarizer would copy words from some website or book and use them in an essay as if the words were her own. 
>If you use someone else's exact words, you must indicate such, usually through applying "quotation marks" AND by properly and precisely citing the source. 
>If you use someone else's unique ideas or information (which is not common knowledge), you must indicate such, even if you use your own words (or paraphrasing), by properly and precisely citing the source. 

For the purposes of courses taught by History Department faculty, the mere appearance of cheating or plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional, is a violation of academic integrity.  The instructor cannot determine whether students' original intent was to cheat or if students were simply inattentive, careless, sloppy, hurried, or whatever.  If the instructor decides student coursework has violated the academic integrity policy, the instructor may require the student to redo the assignment, do an alternative assignment, and/or assign a penalty as follows:  


Course-related penalties are at the discretion of the instructor of record.  All cases of violation of academic integrity will be formally documented with the Academic Integrity Officer.  Please see the Academic Integrity Policy in the Student Handbook for more information, including possible further sanctions or opportunities to appeal. 

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