You know that plagiarism is unacceptable. You have been told that it could be grounds for failing a course, or even removal from the university. But did you know that, while giving someone else your course materials or not equally contributing to a group project may not be “plagiarism,” these acts are violations of academic honesty and can be punished in the same way as plagiarism?
Let us take a second to really think this through; UR defines academic honesty as the ‘recognition, respect, and protection of one another’s intellectual property by members of the academic community’. This extends to the researchers and writers we find on Google and library databases, as well as the faculty, staff, and student body with whom we share this beautiful campus.
Still, what does this honestly mean in practice? To be sure, we are talking about more than the right citation style, the correct use of direct quotes, the way we paraphrase, or what we include on our bibliography; it extends to communication (emails, letters, in person discussions) between faculty, staff, and students, to oral presentations, to study groups and other forms of group collaboration, and all work conducted in and out of every class, recitation, workshop, or special presentations.
Academic honesty is not some buzzword thrown around to make students tense up; it is, in fact, an important aspect of our academic freedom in the academe. I leave you with a few simple rules I follow to uphold the integrity and honesty standards that allow me to post such great blog:
If you have any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism or academic dishonesty, check out the Academic Honesty website: www.rochester.edu/college/honesty.