About Academic Integrity
Academic integrity and behaviour encompasses several areas and is not limited to plagiarism.
Characteristics of academic behaviour include self-monitoring, self-awareness, and self-control. College students have to manage their time wisely, use calendars, and to-do lists, and develop strong study skills behaviours. College students begin taking responsibility for their education, and practicing good decision making.
Please contact the Reference Desk with any questions or concerns about plagiarism or the information found on this Guide.
For more information review Student Handbook: Academic Misconduct
What is Academic Honesty, Integrity, and Plagiarsm?
Plagiarism is defined as "the presentation of another person or source's words and/or ideas as one's own. Plagiarism ranges from an entire assignment that is not the student's own work to particular passages with an assignment taken from a source without acknowledgement" (College of the Rockies Policy #2.4.4. Student Conduct).
Plagiarism is not new; however, the use of the Internet and technologies has significantly increased the ability, opportunity, and ease to plagiarize. The phenomenon of plagiarism affects all education institutions around the world.
- In a 2002 study, 16.5% of the student respondents sometimes cut & pasted from the Internet and 6% sometimes bought a paper online (Journal of College Student Development)
- In a 2010 study of academic integrity, researcher found that 58 % of the student respondents indicated that they had, more than once, paraphrased or copied material from a written source without citing the work, and 23.3% had handed in a paper copied from another student (Texas Tech McCabe Academic Integrity Report)
The Council of Writing Program Administrators has produced a statement on best practices for avoiding plagiarism: Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices.
All members of the College community share the responsibility for maintaining a reputation for high academic standards. Academic honesty is a cornerstone in the acquisition, development and maintenance of these standards.
While studying at the College, students are expected to produce work that is original, honest, and to avoid plagiarism. The purpose of this guide is to examine the issue of academic integrity and explain what faculty can do to prevent and detect plagiarism.
Please familiarize yourself with the entire Academic Misconduct Policy.
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