If Ya Didn't Write it, Cite It

Emily Raham - Max Reich - Laura Bressa - Savannah Sipsy

What are cheating and plagarism?

Cheating: any deceitful or fraudulent attempt to evade rules, standards, practices to gain an unfair advantage or to protect someone who has done so (Jones 4).

Common examples of academic dishonesty include:

  • giving/receiving information during an exam or quiz
  • using notes or other unauthorized materials during a quiz/exam
  • telling a friend who hasn't taken the test yet, what is on the test or what to study.
  • copying/letting someone copy homework
  • submitting the same paper for different classes

Plagiarism: plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property belonging to another without giving proper acknowledgement (Jones 5).

Plagiarism is considered taking:

  • written text
  • spoken word
  • websites
  • designs

How to Avoid Academic Dishonesty in the Classroom

For educators, there are many ways to avoid academic dishonesty in the classroom.

  • The first way is to educate students on what is classified as academic dishonesty. It is important to be very clear about your expectations from the beginning of the course...Prior to the first writing assignment, it is useful to give a more detailed explanation about your expectations by indicating to students the method of citation you expect them to use. Also, walking through several examples of poor or unacceptable citation may be helpful (http://www.phil.washington.edu).

    For students, the ways to avoid plagiarism are simple:
  • "Use your own words and your own voice" (Purdue OWL).

How to Avoid Academic Dishonesty at Home

Avoiding academic dishonesty at home falls mostly on the shoulders of students, but a little of the weight also falls on the shoulders of parents. A recent study shows that 34% of students say that their parents never talked to them(Lynch) about what academic dishonesty is and the consequences of such actions.