Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

To promote the free exchange of ideas, the Stevenson University community depends upon the academic honesty of all of its members. While acknowledging that the vast majority of students conduct themselves with fundamental honesty, the University seeks to set the highest ethical standards. For students, academic honesty is merely a prelude to the personal integrity and professional ethics that will govern their careers. In all cases, intellectual honesty provides the clearest path to knowledge, understanding, and truth—the highest goals of an academic institution. Therefore, the University expects honesty from all of its members in every academic setting. Academic honesty applies to all situations, including but not limited to documenting all sources used in assignments, completing all tests without unauthorized assistance, and providing accurate information on University documents.

Violations of academic honesty and ethics include cheating, plagiarism, obtaining unauthorized assistance in the preparation of assignments, fabricating data or sources, presenting the same work for credit in more than one course without explicit permission of all interested instructors, or other unethical acts such as lying, stealing, physically abusing another person, or threatening another. Violators are subject to sanctions as specified in the University’s Policy on Academic Honesty. A copy of the full policy is available in the Student Handbook.