Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. -- Samuel Johnson

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

-- Shakespeare, Hamlet

The problem of sustaining academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism plagues modern education. In response to this problem, the following rules and procedures must be followed in this class...

When you submit a paper in this class, each author must sign the cover page of one copy. By signing this page, each student certifies that she or he is a contributing author of this paper and that the paper is an original collaborative production of its authors, free of any plagiarized material. Each and every author of a group paper in this class is equally responsible for ensuring that a paper is free from plagiarism, and each and every author will equally bear responsibility if plagiarism is discovered.

The following internet sites clearly define what we mean by plagiarism and the responsibility to avoid it. Read them all. Every student is responsible for knowing what these diverse colleges say about academic integrity and following the substance and the spirit of their recommendations.

The Why & How of Academic Honesty Advice from Grinnell College describes why academic integrity is important and what one can do to achieve it.

Bates College Statement on Plagiarism This is an unusually full and clear discussion of what does and does not constitute plagiarism.

MAP Statement on Academic Integrity This is the Morse Academic Plan official statement on academic honesty.

Colorado University This statement on plagiarism does a good job outlining different forms of plagiarism and related scholarly dishonesty.

Georgetown: What Is Plagiarism? This statement provides another thoughtful description of plagiarism, with a careful presentation of both the practical and moral issues.


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