Top 5 Pointers to Maintain Academic Integrity
- Know the rules: Your faculty will tell you if it is okay to work with a partner, which sources and styles are expected, and what is and is not permitted during exams.Turning in the same paper in more than one class, cutting and pasting, purchasing or borrowing papers, exams and other materials form fellow students or online sources is not permitted.
- Manage your time: Trying to cram at the last minute or write an entire paper or lab report the night before it is due are times many students make bad choices or mistakes.
- Ask Questions: If you're unsure about which sources to use, what citation style your professor wants you to use, or if you can work with another student to complete the assignment- ask first! Also check the syllabus.
- Use the Learning Commons and the librarians: They are there to help students with whatever they need and are a helpful source of information saving you loads of time.
- Take care of yourself: Getting enough sleep and eating right mean your brain is functioning at its optimum level. Lack of sleep mimics the effect of alcohol in relation to recall, reflexes and memory.
Examples of violations
- Do not ask others to share their work, prior exams, or prior assignments with you.
- Do not share your work with friends or peers
- Do not post your work on websites or forums
- Refrain from cutting and pasting large amounts of information or text from articles or other sources and pasting them into your document and then try to insert your own words or citations.
- Avoid websites that promise to tutor or answer your questions for a fee.