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Academic Integrity

The Department of Biological Sciences holds strongly to the University's Policy on cheating and plagiarism.

As part of the academic community, students must agree to respect and acknowledge the work and ideas of others. The University's policy on cheating and plagiarism is fully explained in the Digest of Rules and Regulations in the Kent State University Phone Directory. Additional rules and policies are found in the University Policy Register .

It is the policy that cheating or plagiarism results in receiving a failing grade ("F") for the work or for the entire course. Repeat offenses may result in dismissal for the university.

Cheating is defined, in part, as intentionally "to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of academic work so as to accrue undeserved credit, or to cooperate with someone else in such misrepresentation". "Work" includes, for example, exams, papers, reports, projects, assignments, and presentations. Falsifying experimental data or information is cheating. Cooperating with another person to do any of the above is defined as cheating.

Plagiarism means "to take and present as one's own ideas or words of another person" and includes "the copying of words, sentences, or paragraphs directly form the work of another person without proper credit" or "the copying of illustrations, figures, photographs, drawings, models, or other visual and nonverbal materials without proper credit".

How to avoid plagiarism? Give credit where it is due if you use another person's idea, data, visual information, or statements, including World Wide Web sources. Give credit for quotations of another person's written, spoken, or visual information. If information is taken from written material directly, without change, it must be enclosed in quotation marks. Give credit for information that you paraphrase. CAUTION: be sure you are paraphrasing and not just rearranging words or changing a few words in the text. A paraphrase expresses someone else's idea in your words. Sources must be documented. Give credit for facts that are not common knowledge. Common knowledge refers to facts that are probably known by many people and are found in many places. Common knowledge facts do not need to be documented.

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Collaborative work is often encouraged in some classes and laboratory activities. It is acceptable to work together to collect and to share data and to discuss findings if the instructor approves. However, unless told otherwise, the actual final submission of any work must be your own work. Do not copy your answers from someone else or write a group paper unless you have permission from the instructor.