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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Honesty and integrity are foundational values in education. Students, teachers, and administrators are held to the same standards for the conducting and reporting of research, and all are expected to produce original work and to follow strict guidelines when the work of others has been used. Violations of academic integrity can be intentional or unintentional, but neither is excusable.

University faculty are increasingly concerned about the many avenues available for students to “borrow” the work of others. Many students know when they are behaving dishonestly, but others are truly uninformed or misinformed about applicable rules for paraphrasing and quoting. Fontbonne University is committed to graduating students who are prepared to think critically, to act ethically, and to assume responsibility as citizens and leaders. Fontbonne University expects the highest standards of integrity from its students, and thus it is the classroom teachers who assume responsibility for teaching and reinforcing good practice.

According to Fontbonne University policy, violation of academic integrity includes, but is not limited to, any act of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and dissimulation and any act of aiding and abetting academic dishonesty. For complete definitions of these terms, please click here.

For more information about issues related to academic integrity and plagiarism, please check the Center's schedule for workshops and seminars dedicated to this topic.

You may also want to check out these Internet sites:

  • Tom Rocklin, from the University of Iowa, believes that violations of academic integrity often reflect an adversarial relationship between the student and the instructor, and that the student has not been "brought into" the goals for a course. He providees some ideas for helping students see the value of meaningful assignments and to help them discover that cheating doesn't help them achieve their goals. For more information about our shared concerns and some hints to address the problem, check out his article "What's a Professor To Do?"
  • Students and faculty often have different ideas about what constitutes plagiarism. To help your students understand, you may wish to refer them to www.plagiarism.org, a site sponsored by TurnItIn.com.
  • This site defines plagiarism and offers students guidance on how to avoid any type of intentional or inadvertent plagiarism. There are also hints for teachers on how to write assignments that deter the temptation to plagiarize.
  • The Clemson University International Center for Academic Integrity has compiled a comprehensive list of sites that deal with academic integrity.
  • Think you know how to correctly cite material? Share this information from University of Maryland with your students!
  • Check out this article on Teaching Academic Honesty in the Classroom from Academic Impression (Aug 19th 2010)