Last Updated 3/14/2012
"Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out".
V.E.T.I. supports and promotes academic honesty and personal integrity. Any form of academic dishonesty has no place in school. Plagiarism is the most frequent form of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism means to use someone else’s work without giving them credit, (or citing the source). In other words, it’s presenting some else’s work as your own. Plagiarism is cheating.
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
V.E.T.I. has a zero tolerance for dishonest students. Students who are guilty of academic dishonesty can expect to be penalized. Any student who knowingly assists another student in dishonest behavior is equally responsible. Students who are found guilty of plagiarism will have a permanent entry made in their student record. Academic dishonesty always results in failure for the assignment, potential failure for the course and possible expulsion from school. If you know that someone is committing academic dishonesty, please inform your instructor or call the V.E.T.I. office at 909-599-4437.
"He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much;
and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much" .
Examples of academic dishonesty include:
Copying parts of a document on the internet and pasting it into your assignment without citing the source. When someone does this, they are really saying that they wrote the entire document (which is not true). Some people have gone as far as copying an entire document from a book, magazine or the internet, putting their name on it and turning it in as their own. Copying any part of a document without giving credit is not honest and does not display personal integrity including moving words around but keeping the same sentence structure without citing the source. Whenever you use someone else’s material or idea, even it is just a small excerpt, you must put it in quotes and cite the source. It is very important to read the instructors instructions carefully.
Submitting an assignment that someone else completed.
Working in a group effort without the instructors’ permission.
Buying a paper from a research service.
Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids.
Submitting the same work for credit without approval (e.g. submitting the same assignment twice for different courses).
Writing a paper for someone else.
Getting outside help without instructors’ permission (from a friend or spouse).
Having others conduct research or prepare work for them without permission.
Giving help without the instructors' permission (doing the work for a student).
Providing intentional false information about a source (fabricating or making up the source).
Reasons why students commit academic dishonesty:
- Procrastination. Students who wait until the last minute to begin working on an assignment discover they don’t have enough time to complete it.
- Fear. Students are not sure how to complete an assignment and they are afraid to ask questions. Some students are also afraid to fail.
- Pressure. Students are under pressure from their parents, family or leadership. They have a constant worry or nervous tension to consistently perform well and keep on track. Some students are under pressure to get good grades just like a family member or friend.
- Ambition. Some students just want to graduate at any cost. Their personal goals and agendas supersede the learning process, as well as their own integrity.
- Incorrect priorities. Students do not recognize the importance of education so they do not value the learning process. Education is a ministry just as important (if not more important) than any other meeting, bible study or ministry involvement. A student who values their education understands that it takes time to study and that he/she will not be able to attend every fellowship. A student with correct priorities understands that a good education; 1. prepares them for the future, 2. opens doors of opportunity, 3. takes a person to higher levels of influence and 4. equips them to make a greater impact.
- Believing that it’s not that bad. Students with this “stinking thinking” have not yet learned the importance of academic honesty. These same students probably have not met someone who has been caught and punished for plagiarism.
- Believing that everyone is doing it. Students do not have enough honest friends or have not realized that not everyone commits academic honesty. Most students really are honest.
- Lazy. Students just do not want to put in the required effort for an assignment. They see education as a piece of paper rather than a time of equipping and preparation. These students want the easy way out.
- Ignorance. Students have not yet learned how to properly research and write. These students have not been taught the proper forms of citation. They also probably do not understand exactly what plagiarism is. This problem can be solved with an instructor taking a few moments of his/her class to define and explain plagiarism as well as by including the academic integrity policy in the syllabus.
The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
To help prevent academic dishonesty:
- Use your own words when writing a paper.
- When borrowing ideas, cite the source.
- Understand the rules, see above.
- Ask for clear, specific instructions.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help.
- Study hard.
See also, "Top 10 Tips for Students"
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