It is very important that students understand what academic integrity means in the college setting. First reading carefully through the full EWU Academic Integrity Policy and then reading through the information created by former EWU students can help current EWU students learn how to avoid violating the Academic Integrity Policy.
Undergraduate Studies Office for information about:
Academic Integrity Policy (official EWU policy)
Academic Integrity procedural flow charts
Academic Integrity forms for students and faculty
(Original material provided by EWU students Holly Pedit, Cal Ledbetter, Jessica Milstead, Jamie Osgoodby and Dory Diaz in conjunction with a senior capstone project, winter 2001. Layout by Holly Pedit. Information also adapted from two excellent resource sites "How Not to Plagiarize" by Margaret Procter, coordinator of Writing Support, University of Toronto, and Baylor College of Medicine.)
"Pertaining to school - especially to higher education"
"Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code - see honesty"
(American Heritage Dictionary)
Success can be measured in many different ways. Graduating from college is an outstanding accomplishment. Graduating with a high GPA is even better. Most importantly, knowing that you did it with integrity is the best reward. Cheating will not elevate you to your fullest potential. Only you know how you achieved your goals. Being true to yourself is the highest form of success. Keep your character, integrity and values.
SUCCESS during and beyond your academic career depends on understanding it.
STUDENTS HAVE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Students are responsible for understanding the Academic Integrity Policy. Ignorance of this policy does not excuse violations.
OUR GROWING GLOBAL ECONOMY AND WORKPLACE demands we agree upon what integrity means. Different cultures and even generations have their own interpretation of values, norms, character and integrity.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES are making it easy to cross the boundaries of what constitutes lying, cheating and plagiarism. With the clever tools available today, there are many developing ideas and questions about their ethical use.
THERE ARE LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS you may not be aware of and consequences that fall beyond the scope of Eastern's Academic Integrity Policy. For instance, plagiarism is against the law - a crime.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH can be hazy with ownership issues. It is important to know what has been done, lay out what you are doing and properly document your work and resources.
What do YOU think of when you hear the phrase "Academic Dishonesty"?
If you think of cheating on a test, copying a paper and plagiarism, you are definitely right. But do you know what cheating and plagiarism really are? EWU professors are trained to follow through with the University's expectations of high levels of academic integrity among the student population. It is in your best interest as a student to know these regulations and deliver your true, honest work. You want to earn your diploma so that you know what is going on when you get a job.
Chi is "energy." For a student, chi is important. Anything can drain your chi if you allow it. Yin and Yang is symbolic for sustaining balance in your life to avoid the exhaustion of chi or the loss of perspective that can decay personal integrity.
"Academic honesty is the foundation of a fair and supportive learning
environment for all students." - EWU Student, Academic Integrity Policy
Get a good guide on time management and practice it religiously. If you need to learn how to manage time or how to effectively take notes, study for a test or write a paper, help is available on campus. There are also several websites that offer good advice for students wishing to make the best grades while still "having a life."
Many professors will tell you ahead of time what to expect on a test. Some will not. The best approach is to be prepared for anything. It is your responsibility as a student to study the material and to learn as much as possible in order to be prepared.
Good study skills are easily learned. There is help available on campus and online for developing the skills to help you succeed. You need to:
While many instructors are vague about what they consider cheating, every EWU student must know and follow the University policy. It describes cheating in very broad terms and stipulates that cheating is not limited to these terms.
Teachers, coaches, friends and relatives, even moms and dads, can be your best resources. Explain the time management, testing or studying problems that concern you. Seek outside assistance from them before you are inclined to cheat.
Plagiarism is the presentation or submission of the work of another, without citation or credits, as your own work. It is a criminal act - whether intentional or by accident. There are many ways to commit plagiarism unknowingly. It is defined in rather broad and vague terms, lending itself to many interpretations. As a student, you are responsible for knowing what plagiarism is, how to avoid it and how to properly cite sources within your field.
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