Wilkes University

Academic Honesty

Statement on Academic Honesty, Intellectual Responsibility and Plagiarism

At Wilkes, the faculty and the entire University community share a deep commitment to academic honesty and integrity. Students assume the responsibility for providing original work in their courses without plagiarizing.

The following are considered to be serious violations and will not be tolerated. These are meant to be examples and are not an exhaustive list.

Academic Misconduct: any behavior that attempts to garner an unfair advantage or give another student an unfair advantage

  • submitting work purchased from another (including another student or commercial paper writing services)
  • completing an assignment for another student
  • use of unauthorized electronics during an exam (i.e. cell phone, calculator, wireless two-way communicators)
  • leaving a room during an exam, with the exam
  • possession of unauthorized copies of an exam (either current or past exams)
  • submitting false information or documentation that requests special accommodations from a professor

Cheating: giving improper aid to another, or receiving such aid from another, or from some other source

  • to copy from another student
  • to allow another student to copy from you
  • to use unauthorized notes or formula sheets during an exam

Collusion: improper collaboration with another in preparing assignments, computer programs, or in taking examinations

  • to discuss an exam with a student who is scheduled to take the same exam at another later section
  • to take an extra copy of an exam to share with another outside of your own section
  • unless an instructor indicates that collaboration is allowed, students should work individually on assignments
  • a clear notation should be made if you have collaborated with someone on an assignment

Falsifying: the fabrication, misrepresentation, or alteration of citations, experimental data, laboratory data, or data derived from other empirical methods or giving false information

  • to create false data for lab reports or other research
  • to cite materials not used in your assignment
  • to misrepresent work done outside the classroom (i.e. as it relates to field work or internship hours)
  • to ask for special consideration under false pretenses

Plagiarism: the use of another's ideas, programs, or words without proper acknowledgment

  • to use an idea, illustration, diagram or other detail from a source without making a reference in the bibliography
  • to submit another person's paper, program or other assignment as one's own
  • to paraphrase without citing a source
  • to use a partial phrase from a source without putting it in quotations, or otherwise citing it
  • to use information found on the internet without citing the source
  • self-plagiarism—reusing your own work for another assignment in another class

The University considers the following as three separate forms of plagiarism:

  • Deliberate plagiarism centers on the issue of intent. If students deliberately claim another's language, ideas, or other intellectual or creative work as their own, they are engaged in a form of intellectual theft. This is not tolerated in academic, business, and professional communities, and confirmed instances of plagiarism usually result in serious consequences. Similarly, submitting the work of another person or submitting a paper purchased from another person or agency is a clear case of intentional plagiarism for which students will be subject to the severest penalties..

  • Unintentional plagiarism often results from misunderstanding conventional documentation, oversight, or inattentive scholarship. Unintentional plagiarism can include forgetting to give authors credit for their ideas, transcribing from poor notes, and even omitting relevant punctuation marks.

  • Self-plagiarism occurs when students submit papers presented for another course, whether for the English department or another department or school. Students may submit papers for more than one course only if all instructors involved grant permission for such simultaneous or recycled submissions.

    Students should follow these general principles when incorporating the ideas and words of others into their writing:
  • The exact language of another person (whether a single distinctive word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph) must be identified as a direct quotation and must be provided with a specific acknowledgment of the source of the quoted matter.
  • Paraphrases and summaries of the language and ideas of another person must be clearly restated in the author's own words, not those of the original source, and must be provided with a specific acknowledgment of the source of the paraphrased or summarized matter.
  • All visual media, including graphs, tables, illustrations, raw data, audio and digital material, are covered by the notion of intellectual property and, like print sources, must be provided with a specific acknowledgment of the source.
  • Sources must be acknowledged using the systematic documentation method required by the instructor for specific assignments and courses.
  • As a general rule, when in doubt, provide acknowledgment for all borrowed material. Different disciplines use different documentation methods; therefore, students should consult instructors about the correct use of the appropriate documentation style. Style manuals detailing correct forms for acknowledging sources are available in the Farley Library, at the Writing Center, and at the college bookstore. Additional resources and guidance in the correct use of sources can be obtained at the Writing Center and from individual instructors..

Procedures for Reporting Cases of Academic Dishonesty

Instructors are expected to report violations to both the Dean of Students Affairs and the Provost. Penalties for violations may range from failure in the particular assignment, program, or test, to failure for the course. The instructor may also refer the case for disposition to the Student Affairs Committee. The academic sanctions imposed are the purview of the Faculty; the Student Affairs Committee determines disciplinary sanctions. The appeal of a failing grade for academic dishonesty will follow the academic grievance policy. The appeal of a disciplinary sanction will follow the disciplinary action policy.
The faculty who suspects a case of academic dishonesty should:

  • Notify the student, in writing, of the concern and arrange to meet with the student to discuss the concern
  • Notify the Dean of Student Affairs via the reporting form: wilkes.guardianconduct.com/incident-reporting