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UCOR Statement on Academic Integrity


       All university communities, which are dedicated to the pursuit of truth and knowledge, require academic integrity from their members.  Duquesne University, dedicated as well to pursuing truth and knowledge within a moral and spiritual framework, is of course no exception.  Academic integrity is essential to the smooth functioning of the university, to the fair treatment of students, and to the maintenance of the high standards to which the university is committed.  To that end, no student is to submit work that is not his or her own, both in conception and in execution.  A student also may not “double-dip”—that is, submit work that was completed for another class or that was completed prior to taking this class.

A student in this course must acknowledge fully and precisely any indebtedness, of any sort, to any outside source, including another person who provides help with content or with writing/editing.  An outside source may be defined as any source of ideas, information, and/or wording that is incorporated in any way into a student’s work.  Examples might include the introductions, notes, and other matter in texts or other books; articles in newspapers, magazines, journals, or other collections; and summaries and/or critical commentary (and, obviously, student papers) accessed using the Internet.

Specific acknowledgment is required regardless of the form indebtedness may take, whether summary, paraphrase, direct quotation, or some combination of these.  Sources must be documented in the proper form; in this course, we will use MLA documentation style, which combines a list of Works Cited with specific parenthetical citations in the text.  If the debt includes use of the source’s language, even a single key word or phrase, the source’s language must be fully and precisely indicated with quotation marks (or reproduced as an indented block) as well as acknowledged.

All students in this course will be held responsible for understanding and conforming to Duquesne University policies and procedures related to academic integrity.  Ignorance of academic conventions, or indifference to them, is not a defense.  As a general rule, when an instructor determines that plagiarism or other violation of academic integrity has occurred, the minimum penalty—whether the violation was deliberate or inadvertent—is failure of the assignment and notification of appropriate Duquesne University officials, including the Dean of the student’s school.  Flagrant or repeat violations may result in additional penalties, including failure of the course.  Papers submitted in this course may be subject to scrutiny using plagiarism detection software or other methods.

A student accused of plagiarism has the right to appeal.  After discussing the situation with the instructor, the student who wishes to appeal the accusation and/or the sanction has the option of indicating an intention to appeal on Academic Integrity Form AI03, which the instructor will give to the student. The McAnulty College Academic Integrity Appeals Committee will hear these appeals.

Students with general questions about academic integrity or uncertainties about exactly what to cite or how to cite it should see the instructor or the Director of First-Year Writing or should consult the Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures, available on the College Blackboard site.


Last updated August 2007