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Academic Integrity
 Last Updated 3/14/2012

"Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,

but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out".  
Proverbs 10:9

 Academic Integrity

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 using 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. 

Why be concerned about plagiarism?

  1. If you plagiarize, you are cheating yourself. You don’t learn to write out your thoughts in your own words, and you won’t receive specific feedback from your instructor geared to your individual needs and skills.

  2. Plagiarism is dishonest and/or misleading because it misrepresents the work of another as your own.

  3. Plagiarism violates our Academic Integrity policy and can lead to suspension or dismissal.

  4. Plagiarism devalues others’ original work. Using and submitting the work of another person as your own is taking an unfair advantage over students who do their own work.

  5. It is wrong to take or use property (an author’s work) without giving the owner the value or credit due (citing the source). In addition, copyright violations can result in damages, fines, or worse.

  6. The reputation of V.O.I. Ministry of Education affects the value of your degree; student dishonesty hurts our standing and can diminish the worth of your diploma.


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 records.  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" .  
Luke 16:10

Examples of academic dishonesty include:


  1. Plagiarism:
    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.  Plagiarism also includes using unattributed words, phrases, ideas, or work of another (whether published, unpublished, or from an electronic source) as one's own in any academic exercise.  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 instructor's instructions carefully. 

  2. Cheating:
    A. Submitting an assignment that someone else completed.

    B. Working in a group effort without the instructors’ permission.
    C. Buying a paper from a research service.
    D. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids.
    E. Submitting the same work for credit without approval (e.g. submitting the same assignment twice for different courses).

  3. Facilitation:
    A. Writing a paper for someone else.
    B. Getting outside help without instructors’ permission (from a friend or spouse).
    C. Having others conduct research or prepare work for them without permission.

    D. Giving help without the instructors' permission (doing the work for a student).

  4. Fabrication:
    Providing intentional false information about a source (fabricating or making up the source).


Reasons why students commit academic dishonesty:


  1. Procrastination.  Students who wait until the last minute to begin working on an assignment discover they don’t have enough time to complete it.
  2. Fear.  Students are not sure how to complete an assignment and they are afraid to ask questions. Some students are also afraid to fail.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 
Proverbs 11:3 



 To help prevent academic dishonesty:

  1. Use your own words when writing a paper.
  2. When borrowing ideas, cite the source.
  3. Understand the rules, see above.
  4. Ask for clear, specific instructions.
  5. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
  6. Study hard.


See also, "Top 10 Tips for Students"

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i wouldn't register for the class if i wasn't planning on doing the work. i won't fall into that trap.
I'm glad you feel that way Ivan. Sometimes students have the wrong concept of education causing them to be dishonest in their academics. Other students simply do not know that what they are really doing is called, plagiarism; using material from someplace else in their papers without citing the source.

Ivan said:

i wouldn't register for the class if i wasn't planning on doing the work. i won't fall into that trap.
One only fools himself to fall in to that trap

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