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Avoiding Academic Dishonesty
- Read the syllabus for each course and learn each instructor’s expectations.
- Clarify what is expected of you when you are working on a team project, in a study group or collaborative research project. Learn what you are able to submit as your own.
- Cite your sources. If it is not your original words or ideas, give credit to the person whose words or ideas you are using.
- Submit your own work on papers, reports, projects, and tests.
- Be cautious about where you sit during exams. Distance yourself from others, including your friends, to reduce any temptation to cheat.
- Plan ahead for assignments and exams. Students who feel more prepared are less likely to be insecure about the information and less likely to be dishonest.
- Do not share your assignments. If a classmate has a question, try to help, but do not “give” them the answer.
- Do not use social media to communicate with classmates about assignments or exams.
- Do not post your papers on websites that offer them to other students.
- Do not use websites that offer pre-prepared papers for your own assignments.
- Protect your computer files so that others cannot copy your work