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Violations of Academic Honesty (Academic Misconduct)

The Washington & JeffersonCollege community requires its students to create and submit their own work in every setting at the College, including classes, laboratories, and co-curricular endeavors. A violation of this principle constitutes academic misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Plagiarism, which is representing the fruits of another's intellectual labor as one's own, whether this is done with the intention to deceive or is the result of incompetence. Examples include using someone else's ideas, research results, sentence structure, or phrasing without properly crediting the author, thus leading the reader to assume that they are the student's own creation. Note that quotation marks, in addition to appropriate citation, must always be used to signal the borrowing of another person's exact language.
  • Fabricating material and representing it as genuine. This includes falsifying research results for a laboratory report or falsifying information for a written essay.
  • Misrepresenting one's contributions to a group project. Examples include having one's name on a project to which one did not contribute in a meaningful manner, or providing grossly inaccurate assessment of one's own or a teammate's contributions.
  • Submitting papers or other academic work in two different classes or other academic setting without full knowledge of the instructors involved and written permission from both instructors. When an assignment asks for original work, the presumption is that the work has not been submitted in a different class or another academic setting.
  • Knowingly giving or receiving unauthorized aid on a piece of academic work (including tests, papers, research, artwork, etc.). For example, a person knowingly giving answers to another person during a test is as guilty of academic misconduct as the person receiving the answers.
  • Misconduct in a testing situation, including copying answers from another student's test, using electronic devices or other unauthorized sources of information during a test, or illicitly collaborating on tests taken outside of the classroom.

Students are responsible for adhering to academic honesty policies specific to each of their classes. Such policies are in addition to the College's general policy, and are communicated by the instructor.

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