Students and faculty members collaborate to maintain high standards of academic integrity. I take this issue very seriously, and consequences can be very serious for students who fail to observe these standards.
Students who cheat or submit the work of others as their own work on papers, tests, or any other course assignments on which collaborative work is not specified are guilty of a serious violation of academic integrity standards and will be subject to substantial consequences which might lead to any or all of the following and/or other serious consequences not listed here: a failing grade on the work in question, a failing grade in the course, being dropped from the course, reduction in the course grade, loss of credit for certain portions of the course work including but not limited to the work in question, college disciplinary action, and/or notation in their permanent college/academic records.
A productive academic relationship between students and faculty and among students depends upon mutual trust and shared ethical values. Because serious violations of academic integrity standards break this trust and call into question the integrity of all work submitted by the student, consequences are not limited to the specific work on which the violation is observed, and previously submitted work from students who are later found to have violated standards of academic integrity may be subject to reevaluation.
The inclusion of inappropriate uncredited material may take multiple forms. Including the ideas and findings of experts without appropriate credit is one form. Including other students’ ideas and observations in a paper that is to be based on your ideas and observations is another, as are “borrowing” and/or “re-wording” key phrases, sentences, observations, descriptions, paragraphs, or concepts from a friend, a book, a website or any other source without crediting the source. Allowing another student or other person to complete all or portions of any assignment that is not defined as collaborative work is another violation. Be particularly careful about this when you consider working on an assignment with other student in the class.