What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity means that all work you submit is created by you and is an original representation of your work. It means that what you submit as your work is your work.

Why is academic integrity important?

When you submit an assignment that is not your own original work, you represent something incorrectly.

There are two issues involved: 1.) You are earning credit for learning material for which you have not demonstrated mastery, 2.) You may be violating the law.

What are some examples of academic integrity violations?

There are two kinds of academic integrity violations. One is “plagiarism” and the other is “cheating.”

Plagiarism
According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, plagiarism is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source.”

Some examples are, but not limited to the following:

  • Copying and pasting a report or other information from the Internet and representing it as your own work
  • Copying any other work and not properly citing authorship

Cheating
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, cheating is defined in multiple ways. But for the purposes of CVA, two definitions are particularly relevant:

  • To influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice
  • a: To practice fraud or trickery b: To violate rules dishonestly <cheat at cards> <cheating on a test>

Some examples are, but not limited to the following:

  • Providing questions/answers/ work to another student
  • Receiving questions/answers/work from another student