Academic Integrity:  Policies for Students

by Dr. Caroline T. Schroeder

I take academic integrity very seriously. As your professor, I pledge to be honest with you, and I hope that you will do the same for me as well as your peers.

Avoiding plagiarism

Academic honesty

Classroom conduct

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If you have any questions about these policies, please ask me.  I enjoy meeting with students!

Please note:  This page has been updated to reflect the Honor Code policies of my current institution, the University of the Pacific.  Webpages for courses that I taught at other colleges/universities may nonetheless link to this page.


Avoiding Plagiarism
Students are expected to understand and follow the University’s Honor Code. 
I encourage any student with questions about academic integrity, plagiarism, or the Honor Code to ask me for clarifications. 

For my courses, academic dishonesty includes any violations covered by the Honor Code (including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and lying to receive a higher grade), as well as submitting one’s own prior work for a new assignment—prior work from this course or another course, and prior work in whole or in part.  (Specifically assigned revisions to paper drafts are exempt.)  We will discuss plagiarism and citations in class.

Any alleged or suspected violations will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs.  All students who violate the Honor Code will receive a minimum penalty of a zero for the assignment or exam; a serious violation will merit failure of the course.

To avoid plagiarism, follow these basic tips:
  • When taking notes, write as much as possible in your own words.  In your notes, keep track of the places where you do quote your sources word-for-word.
  • Keep good records of your sources as you do your research.  Be sure keep track of the exact sources and page numbers from which  you are getting your information.
  • If you use someone else's words in your paper, put those words in quotation marks and cite the source (including the page number).
  • If you use someone else's ideas in your paper, you do not need quotation marks if you rewrite these ideas in your own words.  You DO need to cite your source (including the page number).  Remember that plagiarism includes the unacknowledged use of someone's ideas.
  • If you're unsure of whether or not to cite your source, err on the side of caution and provide a citation.
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Academic Honesty
Students must submit original work for each assignment. 
This means, unless otherwise indicated on the assignment, do not turn in a paper that is identical to or contains portions of another paper or assignment that has already been submitted for this course or any other course.  Do not turn in a paper that was written wholly or in part by someone else.  Students who do not submit original work for an assignment will receive a zero and be referred to Judicial Affairs.   There are exceptions to this policy:  1) assignments that specifically state that students can or should rewrite or rework an earlier assignment in the course; 2) papers that I specifically request be rewritten and resubmitted for a new grade.  If you would like to use or rework something you've already written, please ask permission first.

I encourage students to study together before exams and to discuss course materials outside of class.  Unless otherwise indicated in the assignment, no papers, exams, or other graded assignments are collaborative; they must be completed by the individual student.  Students should use their own discretion in determining how far to take their conversations about the readings before writing their papers.

Cheating in any way (including but not limited to illicitly obtaining a test or assignment beforehand, copying another student's test or assignment, using prohibited materials on a test) will result in a minimum penalty of a zero for the assignment or exam; a serious violation will merit failure of the course.

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Classroom Conduct
Some classroom conduct is rude and disrespectful to your fellow students, because it distracts everyone in the class from the learning process. 
  • Please turn off cellphones and other digital communications devices. 
  • Please make every attempt to arrive to class on time; late arrivals are disruptive. 
  • Students who  read the newspaper, do the crossword puzzle, text message, Facebook or surf the web, or engage in some other such activity during class time can expect a public request in class to cease the activity, a prohibition from the use of the distracting device (including laptops!!), and a lower Participation and Attendance grade in the course.

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Page last updated on 1/7/2009