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Academic Integrity: Resources for Students & Faculty

Why academic integrity matters; the University's policies and procedures concerning academic integrity; the Honor Pledge; about plagiarism.

Academic Integrity Policy

Piedmont University's Academic Integrity Policy

In accordance with the Mission and Core Values of Piedmont University, it is the responsibility of each member of the Piedmont community to promote an atmosphere of academic integrity and an understanding of intellectual honesty that adheres to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.

To protect intellectual and scholarly integrity, the University imposes strict penalties for academic dishonesty, which is defined as follows.

  • Cheating — using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Examples
    You cheat when you ...
    • copy answers from or look at another student’s exam;
    • access or possess any material not expressly permitted during an exam, such as crib sheets, notes, books;
    • use electronic devices such as cell phones, digital cameras, PDA’s, data storage devices, computers, internet websites, or other electronic devices during an exam unless expressly permitted by the instructor;
    • continue to write after a timed exam has ended;
    • fraudulently possess a test prior to exam date;
    • submit the same term paper or other work to more than one instructor, where no prior approval has been given;
    • submit purchased term papers or projects done by others.
  • Deception — providing false information to an instructor or other academic administrator about an academic matter in order to achieve an unmerited advantage. Examples
    You engage in deception when you ...
    • give a false excuse for missing a project deadline;
    • claim to have submitted coursework that one did not actually submit;
    • take an exam or submit coursework on behalf of someone else, especially when using their personally identifying credentials to do so;
    • forge an advisor's or instructor's signature on an academic form.
    • reuse your own academic work for one class in another class, without citation or without the instructor's permission (also known as self-plagiarism).
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty — helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty. Examples
    You facilitate academic dishonesly when you ...
    • allow another student to copy your work or the work of another person;
    • have another person take an exam or complete an assignment for oneself;
    • take an exam or complete an assignment for another student, especially when using their personal credentials to do so;
    • share the content or answers of an exam or test with students in another section who have yet to take it.
  • Plagiarism — representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Examples
  • Fabrication — unauthorized invention or falsification of any information or citation in an academic exercise or altering official university records or documents. Examples
  • Collusion — working in collaboration with others on an assignment intended to represent a single student’s work; or, improving or editing another’s completed work to the extent that the nature and quality of the original work is significantly altered. Examples
You collude when you, without the authorization of your instructor ...
  • prepare and produce work with one or more people;
  • allow others to copy your work or share your answer to an assessment task;
  • allow someone else to write or edit your work (an exception is receiving assistance from academic support or student success);
  • write or edit work for another student;
  • offer to complete work or seek payment for completing academic work for other students.

The current version of the Academic Integrity Policy is available in the 2022-2023 version of the University's Catalog.

The current version of the policy document Academic Integrity-Student Violations is available in the 2022-2023 version of the University's Catalog.

Course Activities & Assessments Policy

This Academic Integrity policy statement appears on the syllabus for every course at the University.

Course activities designated as quizzes, tests and exams are always to be completed by a student individually and without assistance from other people or resources UNLESS permission for collaboration or the use of external resources is explicitly permitted by the course professor(s).

Hence all quizzes, tests and exams are to be considered closed-book/closed-notes and closed-internet (e.g., Google searches). Artificial intelligence apps are also banned on quizzes, tests and exams unless explicitly permitted by the course professor(s).

Cheating

Cheating — intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise. 

You cheat when you:

  • copy answers from or look at another student’s exam;
  • access or possess any material not expressly permitted during an exam, such as crib sheets, notes, books;
  • use electronic devices such as cell phones, digital cameras, PDA’s, data storage devices, computers, internet websites, or other electronic devices during an exam unless expressly permitted by the instructor;
  • continue to write after a timed exam has ended;
  • fraudulently possess a test prior to exam date;
  • submit the same term paper or other work to more than one instructor, where no prior approval has been given;
  • submit purchased term papers or projects done by others.

Deception

Deception — intentionally providing false information to an instructor or other academic administrator about an academic matter in order to achieve an unmerited advantage.

You engage in deception when you:

  • give a false excuse for missing a project deadline;
  • claim to have submitted coursework that one did not actually submit;
  • take an exam or submit coursework on behalf of someone else, especially when using their personally identifying credentials to do so;
  • forge an advisor's or instructor's signature on an academic form.
  • reuse your own academic work for one class in another class, without citation or without the instructor's permission (also known as self-plagiarism).

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

Facilitating academic dishonesty — intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.

You facilitate academic dishonesty when you:

  • allow another student to copy your work or the work of another person;
  • have another person take an exam or complete an assignment for oneself;
  • take an exam or complete an assignment for another student;
  • share the content or answers of an exam or test with students in another section who have yet to take it.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism — intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise, or re-using your own previously submitted work without citing or acknowledging its re-purposing (i.e., self-plagiarism). This applies to both published and unpublished work. 

You plagiarize when you ...

  • copy word for word without proper attribution;
  • paraphrase without proper attribution;
  • use phrases from another source embedded into original material without proper attribution;
  • state facts that are not common knowledge without citing the source;
  • copy intellectual property without proper attribution.
  • reuse your own academic work for one class in another class, without citation or without the instructor's permission (also known as self-plagiarism).

Fabrication

Fabrication — intentional and unauthorized invention or falsification of any information or citation in an academic exercise or altering official college records or documents.

You fabricate when you:

  • change answers after an exam has been returned;
  • list sources in a bibliography that are not directly used in the academic exercise;
  • falsify research results or a report of research processes;
  • falsify reports or records related to a field, practicum, or clinical experience;
  • omit data and/or sources, otherwise violating the ethical principles of research.

Collusion

Collusion — intentionally working in collaboration with others on an assignment intended to represent a single student’s work; or, improving or editing another’s completed work to the extent that the nature and quality of the original work is significantly altered.

You collude when you, without the authorization of your instructor:

  • prepare and produce work with one or more people;
  • allow others to copy your work or share your answer to an assessment task;
  • allow someone else to write or edit your work (an exception is receiving assistance from academic support or student success);
  • write or edit work for another student;
  • offer to complete work or seek payment for completing academic work for other students.