Academic Honesty

Answer Key for Quiz #2

  1. Possibly. Students have the responsibility of protecting their work from being used dishonestly. If another student makes use of your work even without your knowledge, you may still bear some responsibility for inadvertently helping another student to cheat. Your guilt or innocence would depend on how negligent you were about protecting your work. Certainly, if a student goes to great lengths to steal your work despite all reasonable precautions taken by you, you would not be found guilty of aiding a dishonest act. However, you should always keep your work to yourself as much as possible. Lending a friend a paper so that he can use it as a guide to writing his own, for instance, may implicate you in academic dishonesty if your friend uses your ideas, phrases or passages in his paper, even if you never encouraged him to do so.
  1. Yes. Improper storage of prohibited notes, course materials and study aids during an exam such that they are accessible or possible to view is a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy. Always make sure that any notes or study aids that you bring to an exam are safely stowed away in closed bags kept well out of view.
  1. Yes. You are responsible for correctly citing all ideas, phrases and passages taken from other authors wherever they occur in your work, even in drafts of your papers. Failure to do so is plagiarism, a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
  1. Yes, in almost all instances. Once a charge of academic dishonesty has been brought, you must remain enrolled in the class till the case is resolved. If you withdraw before your case is resolved, you will be reinstated in the class. No matter how difficult it is to stay in a course in which the professor has accused you of dishonesty, you must continue to attend class and fulfill all class obligations. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty whose penalty includes a grade change or course failure may not withdraw from the class even after the case is resolved. Only students found innocent of academic dishonesty may withdraw from the class after the case is resolved, if they so choose.
  1. Yes. You are responsible for correctly citing all ideas, phrases and passages taken from other authors wherever they occur in your work, even in drafts of your papers. Failure to do so is plagiarism, a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
  1. Yes. It is a good idea to have others proofread your work for mistakes in spelling, punctuation, syntax and style. But you are being dishonest for claiming authorship of any content added by your friend. Your professor would have every right to turn you over to the board if he suspects that you received unauthorized aid in fulfilling the assignment.
  1. Yes. Sharing permission codes with other students is the same as forging signatures or falsifying information on official academic documents such as drop/add forms, petitions, letters of permission, or any other official University document and is a violation of the honesty policy.
  1. No. This is called “duplicate submission.” Students are expected to produce original work for all of their classes. Turning in an essay written for a different class is dishonest not only because you are misrepresenting it as work done for this class, but also because you have received a grade and critical input from your former instructor, thus giving you an unfair advantage over your classmates. Many times, however, you can use a former assignment as the basis for a new one. Confer with your professor, show her the paper and discuss how you might develop the work in a way that can satisfy class requirements. It is ultimately your professor’s decision whether it is appropriate to use work done in a different class for her course.
  1. Yes. In classes where collaboration on graded assignments is allowed, you must still do your own work. Always make sure you understand the extent of collaboration your professor allows. If you are not sure, ask your professor for clarification. Most professors do not allow students to turn in identical work or assignments that contain identical work.
  1. No. No faculty member can punish you for alleged dishonesty without following the procedures outlined in the Academic Honesty Policy. The professor can attempt a “short-form resolution” by confronting you with the evidence of dishonesty, suggesting a penalty, giving you a copy of the honesty policy and allowing you up to 48 hours to accept his penalty. Or he can turn the case over to the board for a hearing. He cannot punish you on his own. In a similar vein, no faculty member can “give you a break” and overlook an instance of academic dishonesty, as all university faculty and staff are obligated to report cases of suspected dishonesty to the board.
  1. No. This is called “facilitating academic dishonesty” and includes aiding another person in an act that violates the standards of academic honesty; allowing other students to look at one's own work during an exam or in an assignment where collaboration is not allowed; providing information, material, or assistance to another person knowing that it may be used in violation of course, departmental, or college academic honesty policies; and providing false information in connection with any academic honesty inquiry.
  1. No. Using automatic translation programs is the same as getting a friend to do your work for you and is dishonest.