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Recognize and Avoid Situations of Academic Dishonesty

  Academic integrity is an extremely important issue in college. You should learn to recognize what constitutes academic dishonesty and avoid getting yourself into such situations. Your student handbook should discuss your school’s policy on academic dishonesty in detail. The following excerpt, for example, is from the Clemson University Student Handbook:

  “Academic dishonesty includes giving, receiving or using unauthorized aid on any academic work. Plagiarism, a form of academic dishonesty, includes the copying of language, structure or ideas of another and attributing the work to one’s own efforts."

  All academic work submitted for grading contains an implicit pledge . . . by the student that no unauthorized aid has been received.”

  In college, academic dishonesty is treated as a serious offense. The penalty for first-time offenders of the academic dishonesty policy is usually a failing grade on the particular assignment for which the dishonest activity occurred. Second offenses result in a failing grade for the course and may lead to suspension from the college for one or more semesters. Permanent dismissal is also a possibility for repeat offenders.

  The bottom line is simply that cheating will not be tolerated. Besides, if you spend your time studying properly and keeping up with your work, there is no reason to be dishonest.

  Here are some easy guidelines that will help you avoid violating the rules governing academic dishonesty . . .

  • Carefully read and understand the instructions for every assignment before you begin working.
  • Unless told otherwise by the instructor, always assume that course assignments are to be done individually.
  • When in doubt about the rules governing an assignment, ask your instructor for clarification.
  • Don’t wait until the last moment to begin work on an assignment.
  • Never knowingly pass off the work of another as your own.
  • Use appropriate referencing when citing another’s work.


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