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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means assuming responsibility for your intellectual work and respecting the rights of others. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to pursue a university education, and Michigan State University is a highly respected institution.  You owe it to yourself, your colleagues, and your alma mater to be honest about your work and to conduct yourself in a manner that upholds the level of respect owed a graduate of MSU. 

 In this class, you will be encouraged to work and study together in and out of class meetings with your team. Sometimes, the product I ask of you will be from your group. However, if the assignment is to be completed by you as an individual, then what you sign your name to must be your own. 

Michigan State University has an all-university policy concerning Integrity and Scholarship of Grades. As a student of MSU, it is your responsibility to become familiar with, understand, and abide by General Student Regulations which protect both you and the university if an infraction has occurred. Ignorance of these regulations is not a defense in cases of infringement.

Consequences for Academic Dishonesty:

Students who commit plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty will receive a 0.0 on the assignment and/or course and may be subject to additional actions that could ultimately result in their dismissal from the university.

Effective August 16, 2009, it is University policy that instructors who issue a penalty grade for any act of academic dishonesty must submit a letter to the student’s academic Dean. This letter will be kept as a permanent record in the student’s academic file. At a minimum, the offending student will be required to attend an educational program on academic integrity offered by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Additional penalties may also apply, including dismissal from the university.

Not sure if it counts as academically dishonest?  Ask! Academically dishonest acts include, but are not limited to:

  • using unauthorized materials during exams or quizzes (e.g., smartphones, written materials, etc.) to retrieve information or communicate with others

  • copying course-related notes or information onto clothing, body parts, or personal belongings for use during exams or quizzes

  • copying and pasting text from papers or websites without using quotes and appropriating credit

  • using the original ideas or works of others without appropriating credit

  • copying peers' work on any assignment.

Students engaged in these or other academically dishonest behaviors will be subject to all penalties that apply, including a “no credit” score for the assignment, exam, or course and other university sanctions as appropriate. 

Take home message: DO NOT RISK YOUR ACADEMIC FUTURE – IT IS NOT WORTH IT!