Misrepresenting Original Work

Failing to acknowledge one’s sources isn’t the only form of academic dishonesty. Citing a source when the material wasn’t obtained from that source also constitutes a violation of University regulations. Students commit false citation when they cite sources they didn’t directly consult. False citation is defined by Rights, Rules, Responsibilities as: “The attribution to, or citation of, a source from which the material in question was not, in fact, obtained.” (2.4.7) Fabricating or falsifying data of any kind is also a serious academic violation. Rights, Rules, Responsibilities defines false data as: “The submission of data or information that has been deliberately altered or contrived by the student or with the student’s knowledge, including the submission for re-grading of any academic work under the jurisdiction of the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline.” (2.4.7) If, for example, you discover that the data you collected in a chemistry lab are somehow contaminated, useless, or wrong, you must contact the instructor for guidance. Perhaps you’ll receive permission to write your report based on data collected by another student; perhaps you’ll be asked to figure out what went wrong with your own lab work. But in no case should you fabricate data. Both false citation and false data are subject to the same penalties as plagiarism.

Without proper permission, submitting the identical or similar work in more than one course is also a violation of University regulations. Unauthorized multiple submission of academic work is defined by Rights, Rules, Responsibilities as: “The failure to obtain prior written permission of the relevant instructors to submit any work that has been submitted in identical or similar form in fulfillment of any other academic requirement at any institution” (2.4.7), and is subject to the same penalties as plagiarism. Under certain conditions, a student may receive permission to rewrite earlier work submitted in another course, or to satisfy two requirements by producing a single piece of work (typically more extensive than the work that would have satisfied only one of the assignments). In such cases, the student must secure prior permission, in writing, from each professor if the work is being submitted in two courses during the same semester. If a student is revising or using all or part of an earlier piece of work, the student must receive prior permission, in writing, from the professor and must submit the original assignment along with the new work. In order to avoid any possible misunderstanding, discuss your plans with your professor and get prior permission in writing.

In addition, attempting to gain an unfair advantage is also considered a serious academic integrity violation. Rights, Rules, Responsibilities prohibits “The deliberate misrepresentation—explicit or implicit—of information regarding the preparation, presentation, or submission of work in fulfillment of an academic requirement, where such misrepresentation is made to an instructor in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage.” (2.4.7) Remember that in all of your official interactions with University personnel, particularly in the academic realm, you are obliged to be honest, and that dishonesty will be met with disciplinary sanctions.