Academic Dishonesty



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Academic Dishonesty

  • Plagiarism and Cheating

Presentation Overview

Cheating and Plagiarism Defined

  • Cheating and Plagiarism are subjective terms
  • We will focus on the UML interpretation as defined in the UML rules and regulations, “academic dishonesty” section.
  • Cheating Defined
  • Plagiarism Defined

Cheating is defined as:

  • misrepresenting academic work done by another as one’s own efforts, whether such misrepresentation has been accomplished with or without the permission of the other individual,
  • 2) providing or utilizing prohibited assistance (whether in the nature of a person or a resource) in the performance of assignments and examinations,
  • 3) copying another person’s work or giving or receiving information or answers by any means of communication during an examination,
  • 4) utilization of the services of a commercial term paper company, and
  • 5) the unauthorized or fraudulent acquisition and/or use of another’s academic property.

Cheating and Plagiarism Defined

  • Cheating and Plagiarism are subjective terms
  • We will focus on the UML interpretation as defined in the UML rules and regulations, “academic dishonesty” section.
  • Cheating Defined
  • Plagiarism Defined

Plagiarism is defined as:

  • direct quotation or word-for-word copying of all or part of the work of another without identification or acknowledgment of the quoted work,
  • extensive use of acknowledged quotation from the work of others which is joined together by a few words or lines of one’s own text, and
  • 3) an abbreviated restatement of someone else’s analysis or conclusion, however skillfully paraphrased, without acknowledgment that another person’s text has been the basis for the recapitulation.

Presentation Overview

  • Academic dishonesty defined
  • Examples of academic dishonesty
  • UML judicial procedure
  • FAQ – Interview with a UML librarian
  • Our advice – Staying out of trouble

Examples of academic dishonesty

  • Cheating on exams
    • Copying off another student.
    • Using prohibited assistance (ex. from cheat card/sheet or another student)
  • Plagiarism
    • Quoting another’s work and not identifying the author.
    • Purchasing essays offline.

Presentation Overview

  • Academic dishonesty defined
  • Examples of academic dishonesty
  • UML judicial procedure
  • FAQ – Interview with a UML librarian
  • Our advice – Staying out of trouble

UML judicial process

  • There are two procedures when dealing with plagiarism:
    • Informal Procedures
    • Formal Procedures
    • *It is at the discretion of the faculty member to determine which procedures to follow.

Informal Procedures

    • *Exercised in cases in which recommended penalty is less than course failure (excluding final exam).
    • Student is informed of the alleged violation.
    • A meeting with the student and faculty member is held to discuss the violation.
    • The faculty member determines and imposes an appropriate sanction.
    • If the student rejects the faculties outcome (violation or sanction), he may appeal to the department chair and follow formal procedures.
    • *Possible penalties adjudicated through Informal procedure

Possible penalties- Informal

  • Administering alternative assignment or substitute examination
  • Assigning a failing grade for assignment or examination
  • Denying the student permission to withdrawal

UML judicial process

  • There are two procedures when dealing with plagiarism:
    • Informal Procedures
    • Formal Procedures
    • *It is at the discretion of the faculty member to determine which procedures to follow.

Formal Procedures

    • *Exercised in cases in which recommended penalty is course failure or greater.
    • -Student is informed of the alleged violation.
    • -A written copy of the charges is sent to the chairperson of the college academic standards committee and the college dean.
    • -Department chairperson holds a meeting with student and faculty member to discuss charges and recommended penalty. The chairperson determines sanction.
    • -The decision may be appealed to the college standards committee and then to the dean.
    • Possible penalties adjudicated through formal procedure

Possible penalties- formal

  • Administering alternative assignment or substitute examination
  • Assigning a failing grade for assignment or examination
  • Denying the student permission to withdrawal.
  • Course failure
  • Academic suspension or expulsion

Presentation Overview

  • Academic dishonesty defined
  • Examples of academic dishonesty
  • UML judicial procedure
  • FAQ – Interview with a UML librarian
  • Our advice – Staying out of trouble

Frequently asked questions, interview with Damian Sandiamo

  • How often do students get caught plagiarizing at UML?
  • -“I don’t know. Its kept on a low profile. Its embarrassing to the school.”
  • Do you know of any students caught plagiarizing, what was the penalty?
  • -“A student attempting a nursing degree was caught plagiarizing and was kicked out”
  • What's the most common penalty for plagiarism?
  • - “It depends on the circumstances and the student's history. Expulsion is not uncommon with formal charges. Teachers tend to be more lenient”
  • Do you consider UML to be “strict” or “lax” on plagiarism?
  • - “Strict. Most colleges these days are. Teachers almost always file formal charges.”
  • Do you have any advice for students?
  • - “Plagiarism is straight forward. Document all your sources in a bibliography. If necessary use formal guidelines.”

Presentation Overview

  • Academic dishonesty defined
  • Examples of academic dishonesty
  • UML judicial procedure
  • FAQ – Interview with a UML librarian
  • Our advice – Staying out of trouble

Our advice to you

  • Don’t Plagiarize, its not worth it.
  • Document all sources, no matter what!
  • Use an acceptable format for citing sources. (Ex. MLA, or APA)
  • Use online bibliography composers which do all the work for you. Try Easybib.com or Just Google “MLA bibliography”

THE END

  • Thank you for listening


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