Introduction

All Princeton students pledge to adhere to the Honor Code in the conduct of all written examinations, tests, and quizzes that take place in class. However, much of your work at Princeton — from papers to problem sets to the senior thesis — will be produced outside of class, whether in the library, your dorm room, or elsewhere. Such work is governed by the University’s academic regulations, which are designed to ensure the integrity of your academic work. These regulations fall under the jurisdiction not of the Honor Committee, but of the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline.

This booklet provides information about Princeton’s academic regulations and how you can safeguard the integrity of your original work. It offers a rationale for the ethic of intellectual honesty that underlies all academic work at the University, discusses when and how to acknowledge your intellectual debts to the work of other people, and considers some of the implications of electronic media as research tools. It defines important terms such as plagiarism and provides negative examples of what to avoid as well as positive guidance about how to do your work.

Some of the material covered in this booklet is duplicated and elaborated in Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, in the orange pages under “Academic Regulations.” The University faculty and administration believed, however, that this separate document, with a fuller discussion of the issues and more examples, would be both helpful and handy. You’ll also find further information about the Honor System in both the Undergraduate Announcement and Rights, Rules, Responsibilities.

Please take the time to read this booklet carefully and keep it for your future reference.

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