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Policies of the College of Arts and Sciences
Classroom Behavior
The College of Arts and Sciences encourages classroom discussion and academic debate as an essential intellectual
activity. It is essential that students learn to express and defend their beliefs, but it is also essential that they learn to
listen and respond respectfully to others whose beliefs they may not share. The College will always tolerate diverse,
unorthodox, and unpopular points of view, but it will not tolerate condescending or insulting remarks. When students
verbally abuse or ridicule and intimidate others whose views they do not agree with, they subvert the free exchange of
ideas that should characterize a university classroom. If their actions are deemed by the professor to be disruptive, they
will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include being involuntarily withdrawn from the class.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s work as your own. 1) When you borrow someone else’s facts, ideas, or
opinions and put them entirely in your own words, you must acknowledge that these thoughts are not your own by
immediately citing the source in your paper. Failure to do this is plagiarism. 2) When you also borrow someone else’s
words (short phrases, clauses, or sentences), you must enclose the copied words in quotation marks as well as citing the
source. Failure to do this is plagiarism. 3) When you present someone else’s paper or exam (stolen, borrowed, or
bought) as your own, you have committed a clearly intentional form of intellectual theft and have put your academic
future in jeopardy. This is the worst form of plagiarism.
Here is another explanation from the 2010, sixth edition of the Manual of The American Psychological Association (APA):
Researchers do not claim the words and ideas of another as their own; they give credit where credit is due.
Quotations marks should be used to indicate the exact words of another. Each time you paraphrase another author (i.e.,
summarize a passage or rearrange the order of a sentence and change some of the words), you need to credit the
source in the text. The key element of this principle is that authors do not present the work of another as if it were their
own words. This can extend to ideas as well as written words. If authors model a study after one done by someone else,
the originating author should be given credit. If the rationale for a study was suggested in the Discussion section of
someone else's article, the person should be given credit. Given the free exchange of ideas, which is very important for
the health of intellectual discourse, authors may not know where an idea for a study originated. If authors do know,
however, they should acknowledge the source; this includes personal communications. (pp. 15-16)
Consult the Writing Center or a recommended guide to documentation and research such as the Manual of the APA or
the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for guidance on proper documentation. If you still have doubts
concerning proper documentation, seek advice from your instructor prior to submitting a final draft.
Use of Work in Two or More Courses
: You may not submit work completed in one course for a grade in a second course
unless you receive explicit permission to do so by the instructor of the second course.
Penalties for Plagiarism:
Should a faculty member discover that a student has committed plagiarism, the student
should receive a grade of 'F' in that course and the matter will be referred to the Honor Council for possible disciplinary
action. The faculty member, however, may elect to give freshmen and sophomore students a “zero” for the assignment
and to allow them to revise the assignment up to a grade of “F” (50%) if they believe that the student plagiarized out of
ignorance or carelessness and not out of an attempt to deceive in order to earn an unmerited grade. This option should
not be available to juniors, seniors, or graduate students, who cannot reasonably claim ignorance of documentation
rules as an excuse.
NOTE: Add Institutional Policies with which the
students are expected to comply. Examples of
clearly stated policies or links to current
University/College/Department policies are
listed b low.