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''Learn About Academic Integrity''
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[[Click to begin->During this tutorial you will:]]''During this tutorial you will:''
* Learn about academic integrity through 8 different scenarios
* Reflect on your own experiences with academic integrity in college and the real world
* Review the SUNY Plattsburgh Academic Honesty policy
[[Continue to Instructions->Instructions]]''Instructions''
Parts of this tutorial are interactive. Read the scenarios and then click on the answer you think represents academic honesty.
In addition, you can use the gray arrows to the left of the text to go backwards or forwards through the sections you've completed.
[[Click to continue->What is Academic Integrity?]]''What is Academic Integrity?''
//"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."// - Oprah Winfrey
Academic integrity means being honest in all aspects of your school work. Most students try to be academically honest and take responsibility for their actions. Many still need help with certain aspects of integrity in research and citing sources.
This tutorial provides eight scenarios that are common challenges to academic integrity. For some, the correct answers might be obvious, but others are more complex. After viewing the scenarios, you should have an understanding of how academic integrity applies to you as a SUNY Plattsburgh student.
[[Continue to Scenario 1->Scenario 1]]''Scenario 1''
Jonathan has a very busy semester ahead. As he looks at his syllabus, he notes that a paper due soon in his SOC390 class is very similar to one he wrote for a course in English last year. Since he earned a good grade on that other paper, Jonathan decides to be resourceful and puts a new title and date on the old paper to save time and effort. He submits this version for his current assignment.
Hannah is an art student who has fallen behind in her coursework. The deadline for a project is looming. She has something in her portfolio from a different class that she believes will fit the requirements of this art assignment. Hannah asks her professor if she can rework a previous project.
Who is acting with more academic integrity?
[[B) Hannah->1B]]That's not the right answer. Consider how submitting a duplicate paper might give you an advantage over your classmates.
[[Try again!->Scenario 1]]You're right!
Jonathan might think he is being resourceful and academically honest, but using a previously submitted paper, essay, project is a form of cheating called ''duplicate submission''. Students are expected to produce original, authentic work, in all forms of expression, for all of their classes, including art and music (studio) courses.
The PSU College Policy states: "Submitting one's work originally completed for a different class is also dishonest //unless the current instructor has agreed in advance// to accept such a resubmission or reuse of academic work."
By resubmitting a paper, essay, project, or work you have an unfair advantage over your classmates in that you have already received comments, suggestions and critical input from the previous instructor. In addition, your current professor assumes that you are writing something new or creating an original project or work for their class.
Your current instructor has certain criteria for an assignment which may not be met by using a previously submitted paper or work. Sometimes you may be able to use an earlier assignment as the basis for a new one. You could change material, add, and revise with the instructor's permission. It is ultimately your professor's decision whether it is appropriate to use work done in a different class for his/her course.
[[Continue to Scenario 2->Scenario 2]]''Scenario 2''
Pressure is mounting as Nami writes her paper for CAS111. She cannot remember where one of the quotes she is using in the paper came from. With the deadline hours away, Nami should:
[[A) Get help locating the source or remove the quote from her paper->2A]]
[[B) Remove the quotation marks from the quote and pretend the words are her own.->2B]]
[[C) Choose the most likely source from the ones she has and cite the quote from that source.->2C]]That's not the right answer. Consider whether using a quote without giving proper credit to the author is academically dishonest.
[[Try again->Scenario 2]]That's not the right answer. Consider whether using a quote without giving proper credit to the author is academically dishonest.
[[Try again->Scenario 2]]You're right!
Nami should get help locating the source or remove the quote from the paper If Nami chooses to remove the quotation marks from the quote or connect the quote to an incorrect source then she is not acting with academic integrity and committing plagiarism. By removing the quotation marks or connecting the quote to a random source, credit is not being given to the proper author.
The SUNY Plattsburgh Academic Honesty policy states that "Dishonest conduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, ''plagiarism'', unauthorized collaboration, forgery, and alteration of records, along with any lying, deceit, bribery, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of influencing a grade or for any other academic gain."
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For help, visit the Research Help Desk on the second floor of Feinberg Library, or contact a librarian via <a href="https://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/library/research-help.html" target="_blank">https://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/library/research-help.html</a>
[[Continue to Scenario 3->Scenario 3]]
Peter has the same class as Nami and is also writing his paper the night before it is due. He documented all of his sources as he did his research. But now that he reads the assignment instructions again, he realizes the professor wants 5 sources and he only used 4! The best thing for Peter to do is to...
[[A) Add another source that he did not actually use to his Works Cited page so he has the correct number of sources.->3A]]
[[B) Search for another relevant source to include to his paper and Works Cited page.->3B]]
[[C) Peek at Nami's sources and use one of her citations so he will have the correct number.->3C]]That's not the right answer. Consider how a Works Cited page is expected to include only sources that you read and used.
[[Try again->Scenario 3]]You're right!
What's the big deal, right? Peter is not taking anyone's ideas without citing them, so he is not stealing their ideas. However, he is misrepresenting his own work. It is academically dishonest if he adds sources to his bibliography that he did not actually use in his paper. The only sources that should be listed on a Works Cited or Bibliography page are those used to complete the paper, lab report, project, etc. Peter could go use Feinberg Library resources or Google Scholar to locate a full text article or ask a librarian for help in locating additional sources.
The SUNY Plattsburgh Academic Honesty policy states "Dishonest conduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, ''plagiarism'', unauthorized collaboration, forgery, and alteration of records, along with any lying, deceit, bribery, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of influencing a grade or for any other academic gain."
[[Continue to Scenario 4->Scenario 4]]That's not the right answer. Consider how using another student's work might expose you to charges of plagiarism.
[[Try again->Scenario 3]]''Scenario 4''
Chris has an in-depth conversation with his PSY101 professor on the topic of binge drinking. He uses her words as the basis of a response paper he is writing for his PSY101 class. The professor is listed on Chris's Works Cited page. Chris is...
[[A) being academically honest because the professor's thoughts were used in his paper.->4A]]
[[B) trying to get "extra points" by mentioning his professor; he did not need to cite the professor because her words were not in print format.->4B]]You're right!
By citing the professor in his paper Chris is showing academic integrity. Verbal and printed thoughts should be correctly attributed to the original author. The thoughts expressed by his instructor during the conversation did not belong to Chris, so Chris correctly gave credit to the professor on his Works Cited page. Any person (not just a professor) whose words/thoughts you use should be given credit.
It is important to note that each citiation format (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) has different and specific ways to cite conversations. Click on the link below for help with citation formats:
<a href="https://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/library/instruction-reference/citationguides.html" target="_blank">https://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/library/instruction-reference/citationguides.html</a>
[[Continue to Scenario 5->Scenario 5]]That's not the right answer. Consider whether a teacher's words belong to the teacher or to the student, and whether academic honesty applies to information in all formats.
[[Try again->Scenario 4]]''Scenario 5''
Abby asks her friend Eduardo to review her paper before submitting it for her ANT101 class. Eduardo is happy to help and finds a few poorly phrased and confusing sentences, which he re-writes. He also develops some new arguments to help support the thesis. Abby is pleased because Eduardo is able to express clearly what she had been trying to say.
By accepting Eduardo's help Abby is....
[[A) assured of getting a better grade.->5A]]
[[B) getting unauthorized assistance with her paper.->5B]]That's not the right answer. Consider the difference between proofreading a friend's paper and adding your own thoughts to it.
[[Try again->Scenario 5]]You're right!
It is fine to have a friend proofread your work for mistakes in spelling and punctuation. But you are not showing academic integrity by claiming authorship of any content added by others.
It is a better idea to go to the SUNY Plattsburgh Learning Center to have a tutor review your paper and provide suggestions for improvement. Learning Center tutors will not rewrite the paper for you or change the content in any way.
The SUNY Plattsburgh Academic policy states that "Dishonest conduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, ''unauthorized collaboration'', forgery, and alteration of records, along with any lying, deceit, bribery, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of influencing a grade or for any other academic gain."
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[[Continue to Scenario 6->Scenario 6]]''Scenario 6''
An education professor assigns the students in her class to write research papers on the topic of learning styles. The professor uses the research in those papers to write an article that is later published in a scholarly journal. Should the professor give credit to those students?
[[A) No, because they were doing the research as part of her class assignment.->6A]]
[[B) Yes, because the students did the actual research and the professor used that as a basis for her article.->6B]]That's not the right answer. Consider whether a student's original research belongs to that student.
[[Try again->Scenario 6]]You're right!
Students, professors, teachers, librarians... there are no exceptions to academic integrity. All individuals should do their own authentic work and give credit for any work they are borrowing from others.
For an interesting example of this scenario, read this article:
"Student Wins Suit Accusing a Professor of Plagiarism." //New York Times//, 24 September, 1997. 13 May, 2009.
<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/24/us/student-wins-suit-accusing-a-professor-of-plagiarism.html" target="_blank">https://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/24/us/student-wins-suit-accusing-a-professor-of-plagiarism.html</a>
[[Continue to Scenario 7->Scenario 7]]''Scenario 7''
When writing a paper about a painter for ART137, Stephen finds a photograph of one of the painter's works on the Internet. After cutting and pasting the picture onto the cover of his report, he cites the image. Stephen...
[[A) has violated copyright because he is using a picture that does not belong to him.->7A]]
[[B) is guilty of plagiarism because he is stealing the image someone else created.->7B]]
[[C) is covered under "fair use" guidelines because he cited the source of the photograph.->7C]]You're right!
Copying and inserting images from the Internet and other sources into assignments with proper citations is acceptable as long as they are for educational purposes. Fair use guidelines allow faculty and students to use copyrighted materials under certain circumstances. You must still give proper credit to the person who created them.
The PSU College Policy states, "Dishonest conduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, ''plagiarism'', unauthorized collaboration, forgery, and alteration of records, along with any lying, deceit, bribery, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of influencing a grade or for any other academic gain."
For more information on Fair Use:
"Fair Use." //Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center//, 4 Apr. 2013, <a href="https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/" target="_blank">https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/</a>.
[[Continue to Scenario 8->Scenario 8]]That’s not the right answer. Consider if use for educational purposes and proper citation can be shields against plagiarism charges.
[[Try again->Scenario 7]]That’s not the right answer. Consider if use for educational purposes and proper citation can be shields against copyright violation.
[[Try again->Scenario 7]]If you still have questions about academic integrity, you can contact the Feinberg Library Research Help Desk in several ways:
* In person on the second floor of the library
* By telephone at (518) 564-5290
* Or see the options at <a href="https://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/library/research-help.html">https://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/library/research-help.html</a> ''Scenario 8''
There are four members in the MGM280 class working on a group project together. They have had 6 weeks to do the research. However, Josh has come late to some meetings and missed others, and has contributed little. Erin is working slowly, and is behind on completing her section. Karen and Ben seem to have done most of the work themselves. Since it is a group project, all four names will be placed on the final product. Karen is feeling frustrated. She and Ben have talked it over and decided their best course of action is to...
[[A) talk to the professor about group members who are not doing their share, but taking credit for the group work.->8A]]
[[B) do all the work themselves and submit the project with all four names on it.->8B]]
[[C) Submit the work with only their names on the project.->8C]]You're right!
When working in groups, there are times when members of a group might take another's work and claim it as their own by virtue of being part of the group. However, every student in a group has accountability to the group as a whole. Be sure you understand the way grading will be done (i.e. individual and/or group grades) before you begin working in a group and talk to your professor if there is an individual in the group not doing his/her share. If someone is slacking off, he/she could be attempting to coerce others in the group to do their work. Group members who allow this to occur are also acting without integrity by lying about contributions.
The SUNY Plattsburgh Academic Honesty policy states: "Dishonest conduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, forgery, and alteration of records, along with any ''lying'', deceit, bribery, ''coercion'', or intimidation for the purpose of influencing a grade or for any other academic gain."
[[Continue to finish->Finish]]That's not the right answer. Consider whether giving false credit to authors is academically dishonest.
[[Try again->Scenario 8]]That's not the right answer. Consider whether students have the right to discredit their classmates without knowing their particular circumstances.
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