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Information on Academic Integrity

Statement on Academic Honesty from 2010-2011 Catalog
All members of the university community are expected to be honorable and observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. Students are expected to behave in an ethical manner. Individuals who disregard the core values of truth and honesty bring disrespect to themselves and the University. A university community which allows academic dishonesty will suffer harm to the reputation of students, faculty, and graduates. 

It is in the best interest of the entire university community to sanction any individual who chooses not to accept the principles of academic honesty by committing acts such as cheating, plagiarism, or misrepresentation. Offenses are reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for referral to the University Student Discipline System for disposition. (2010 - 2011 Catalog, p. 48.)

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials or information; giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during an examination or other academic exercise.

Plagiarism: using another's words or ideas without acknowledgment.

Examples include:

· failing to use quotation marks when quoting from a source; and

· failing to reference distinctive ideas from a source.

Misrepresentation: falsifying, altering, or misstating the contents of academically related documents, sources, or assignments.


In essence, plagiarism means to use someone else’s work without giving proper credit to the originator. The “work” could be published or unpublished materials, including such things as art, computer programs, graphs, music, websites, or any other form of creative or original expression. The act of plagiarism can be committed deliberately, as in purchasing a research paper from a commercial source (term paper mill), “borrowing” a completed paper from a student who had previously taken the same class, having someone else write a paper for you, or by downloading material from the Internet and submitting it as your own work.  It can even be submitting a paper that you prepared for one class as fulfillment for an assignment in another class without receiving permission from your instructor. The latter is a form of “self plagiarism.”

Plagiarism can also occur unintentionally.  This happens when you have been careless in taking notes—neglecting to record quotations word-for-word or omitting quotations marks and the appropriate citation for the source of the quotation. It can also happen when you have not paraphrased another’s words properly, when you have neglected to cite or give credit to authors as you have summarized their work, or when you have incorrectly assumed that a fact is common knowledge and thus have failed to indicate the source of your information.  Ignorance or a lack of understanding is no excuse for plagiarism—it is still wrong! 

Student Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism (PDF)

Plagiarism Resources for Faculty

Links to Resources:

UNA Center for Writing Excellence

OWL at Purdue (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

Items in the UNA Libraries Collection on Plagiarism (See Library Catalog/UNACAT for holdings information)

The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Information Literacy the Perils of Online Research (DVD)

Writing a Great Research Paper (DVD)

Who Owns This Text?: Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Cultures

Selected Style Guides and Manuals in the UNA Libraries Collection (See Library Catalog/UNACAT for holdings information)

Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students

The Chicago Manual of Style

A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers (Turabian)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th Edition

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 5th Edition (APA)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA)



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