TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
Academic integrity is taking responsibility for one’s own work, being individually accountable, and demonstrating intellectual honesty and ethical behavior. Academic integrity is a personal choice to abide by the standards of intellectual honesty and responsibility. Because education is a shared effort to achieve learning through the exchange of ideas, students, faculty, and staff have the collective responsibility to build mutual trust and respect. Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential for the highest level of academic achievement, which then must be measured. Academic achievement includes scholarship, teaching and learning, all of which are shared endeavors. Grades are a device used to quantify the successful accumulation of knowledge through learning. Adhering to the standards of academic integrity ensures that grades are earned honestly and gives added value to the entire educational process. Academic integrity is the foundation upon which students, faculty, and staff build their educational and professional careers.
Texas Tech is committed to creating an exciting university atmosphere that is free of academic dishonesty. All members of the university community, including faculty, students, and staff, are upheld to the standard of having integrity in the work they produce. The standard is for all members of the Texas Tech community to contribute to the campus environment in an ethical, fun, and honest manner. Integrity matters because student success matters.
The following is designed to provide useful data, helpful web links, and practical information to assist in understanding academic integrity issues better at Texas Tech.
- Our office has created a new sample letter for Faculty when needing to report an academic integrity violation. This is available in the Forms and Resources section.
- What Is Academic Dishonesty
- Disciplinary Outcomes For Academic Dishonesty Violations
- How To Paraphrase Properly
- How To Cite Properly
- Fast Facts and Stats On Cheating and Plagiarism
- Web Links For More Information
What is Academic Dishonesty?
"Academic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such an act.
Texas Tech Student Handbook, 2008-2009, Code of Student Conduct, Part IX, Section B, Item Number 3.
"Cheating" includes, but is not limited to:
- Copying from another student's test paper or devices.
- Using during a test materials not authorized by the instructor administering the test.
- Failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test.
- Possession during a test of materials which are not authorized by the person administering the test, such as class notes or specifically designed "crib notes." The presence of textbooks constitutes a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering the test.
- Using, buying, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program.
- Collaborating with, seeking aid or receiving assistance from another student or individual during a test or in conjunction with other assignments without authority.
- Discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination.
- Divulging the contents of an examination, for the purpose of preserving questions for use by another, when the instructor has designated that the examination is not to be removed from the examination room or not to be returned to or kept by the student.
- Substituting for another person, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself in order to take a course, take a test, or complete any course-related assignment.
- Paying or offering to pay money or other valuables or coercing another person to obtain an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program.
- Falsifying research data, laboratory reports, and/or other academic work offered for credit.
- Taking, keeping, misplacing, or damaging the property of the University, or of another, if the student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair academic advantage would be gained by such conduct.
- Possession at any time of current or previous test materials without the instructor’s permission.
"Plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to:
- Appropriation of buying, receiving as a gift or obtaining by any means, material that is attributable in whole, or in part, to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one’s own academic work being offered for credit.
"Collusion" includes, but is not limited to:
- Unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules on academic dishonesty.
Falsifying Academic Records
"Falsifying academic records" includes, but is not limited to:
- Altering or assisting in the altering, of any official record of the university and/or submitting false information or omitting requested information that is required for, or related to, any academic record of the university. Academic records include, but are not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the Office of the Registrar. A former student who engages in such conduct is subject to a bar against readmission, revocation of a degree and withdrawal of a diploma.
"Misrepresenting facts" to the University or an agent of the University includes, but is not limited to:
- False grades or resumes, providing false or misleading information in an effort to receive a postponement or an extension on a test, quiz, or other assignment to obtain an academic or financial benefit for oneself or another individual, or providing false or misleading information in an effort to injure another student academically or financially.
Disciplinary Outcomes For Academic Dishonesty Violations
If a student is involved in any form of academic misconduct and it is proven that the action took place, the following disciplinary outcomes will occur:
The professor can issue a grade of "F" for the assignment. In addition to this, the professor has the option to issue a grade of "F" for the entire course. Students are allowed to file an appeal for the entire course grade at the end of the semester, but not the individual assignment. This first time instance should be documented by the course instructor with copies going to Student Judicial Programs and the appropriate chain of command structure within the individual College. For particularly egregious instances, the Dean of the College or Department Chairperson may refer the student to Student Judicial Programs for disciplinary proceedings to begin.
All actions listed above in the "First Violation" consequences can apply to a second violation, as well. In addition to those, the professor should again send written documentation of the academic misconduct to Student Judicial Programs. If a second referral is made to the Student Judicial Programs office regarding a violation of the academic dishonesty policy, it will then be viewed as habitual abuse of the academic standards held at Texas Tech and disciplinary proceedings will begin.
It just isn't worth it students! The stakes are too high. We are talking about things that will go on your transcript, ruin your credibility with the professor, the individual College, and compromise your integrity.
Take the high road that earned your admission into Texas Tech in the first place.
How To Paraphrase Properly
The following links will connect you with proper and correct ways to paraphrase.
- What is Plagiarism? http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0767421523/student_view0/plagiarism.html
Fast Facts and Stats on Cheating and Plagiarism
- Turnitin.com - http://www.turnitin.com/static/products_services/latest_facts.html
- Plagiarism.org - http://www.plagiarism.org/
- Educational Testing Service Fact Sheet - http://www.glass-castle.com/clients/www-nocheating-org/ad council/research/cheatingfactsheet.html
- Educational Testing Service Cheating Background (READ THIS! Research detailing Kindergarten through Higher Education students) - http://www.glass-castle.com/clients/www-nocheating-org/adcouncil/research/cheatingbackgrounder.htm
Web Links For More Information...
- Great resource for students on plagiarism, including writing smart and academically honest papers
- Practical tips for Students on how to prevent plagiarism
- Excellent information for Faculty on why students cheat and plagiarize and how to incorporate plagiarism education into their courses
- The Center for Academic Integrity
- Academic integrity tutorial - What is cheating? What is plagiarism?
Take a fun online quiz and test yourself on whether or not you can spot plagiarism (in the "Case Studies" section in this link).
- Academic integrity quiz
Real life scenarios that can give you an insight on what cheating and plagiarism actually is and isn't.
- Cases related to academic integrity inspired by actual occurrences with college students
- AWESOME resource! This site includes interesting info. you
might not hear about in the news! Worth checking out.
- Texas Tech Operating Procedures - Student Grade Appeals
- The Institute for Global Ethics