UAA & APU Policies
“Academic integrity is a basic principle, which requires that students take credit only for ideas and efforts that are their own.” UAA Dean of Students.
The UAA Student Code of Conduct lists activities that are considered to be cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty as follows:
- Using material sources not authorized by the faculty member during an examination or assignment;
- Utilizing devices that are not authorized by the faculty member during an examination or assignment;
- Providing assistance to another student or receiving assistance from another student during an examination or assignment in a manner not authorized by the faculty member;
- Presenting as their own the ideas or works of another person without proper acknowledgment of sources;
- Knowingly permitting their works to be submitted by another person without the faculty member’s permission;
- Acting as a substitute or utilizing a substitute in any examination or assignment;
- Fabricating data in support of laboratory or field work;
- Possessing, buying, selling, obtaining, or using a copy of any material intended to be used as an instrument of examination or in an assignment in advance of its administration;
- Altering grade records of their own or another student’s work; or
- Offering a monetary payment or other remuneration in exchange for a grade.
Any student, faculty or staff member can initiate disciplinary action against a student who violates this Code, resulting in a Student Judicial Review. Depending on the seriousness of the charge, a student may be suspended, expelled, or be stripped of his or her degree.
APU Policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Academic Integrity is the term used to refer to some of the most important values of the university community. We hold high standards and expectations for the quality and honesty of our own work, and for the work of other members of the academic community. We rely on one another to live up to these standards because the quality and value of our own academic work depends on the trustworthiness of the work done by our colleagues. Academic work is like building blocks as the work of one academic builds upon another; therefore, it is imperative that we acknowledge and properly document the sources of information that we are using. This will also ensure that others can locate the original information if they want to know more.
The reputation of our academic work is founded on whether others can use it with confidence and feel confident that their own contributions will be acknowledged. Similarly, the reputation of our University and respect for the value of the qualifications we gain from it are earned and maintained through the integrity of our work.
Definition of Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a major form of academic dishonesty involving the presentation of the work of another as one’s own. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the following:
- The direct copying of a written or electronic source, whether published or unpublished, in whole or in part, without proper acknowledgment that it is someone else’s;
- Copying of a written or electronic source, in whole or in part, with only minor changes in wording or syntax, even with acknowledgment;
- The paraphrasing of another’s work without proper acknowledgments;
- Submitting as one’s own work a report, examination, paper or other assignment that has been prepared by someone else. This includes research papers acquired from any other person or agency;
- Submitting as one’s work the contents of a computer file prepared by another person.