Welcome to the Academic Integrity Website

This site is intended to serve as a resource for faculty and students to help understand what constitutes academic misconduct, how to prevent misconduct, and the procedures for handling suspected cases of academic misconduct.

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Overview [1]

At Central Connecticut State University we value personal integrity as fundamental to our interactions with each other. We believe that one of the purposes of a University education is for students learn to think critically, to develop evaluative skills, and to express their own opinions and voices. We place special weight on academic honesty in all of our intellectual pursuits because it is a value that is fundamental to academic life and scholarly practice. All members of the University community are obligated to uphold high standards of academic honesty in their scholarship and learning. Therefore, we expect students to take personal responsibility for their intellectual work and to respect and acknowledge the ideas of others. Academic honesty means doing one's own work and giving proper credit to the work and ideas of others. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism.


What is Academic Misconduct?

According to the Student Code of Conduct and Statement of Judicial Procedures, academic misconduct “includes, but is not limited to, providing or receiving assistance from another, in a manner not authorized by the instructor, in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation (including papers, projects and examinations).”

“Plagiarism is defined as presenting, as one’s own, the ideas or words of another person, for academic evaluation, without proper acknowledgment. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (i) copying sentences, phrases, paragraphs, tables, figures, or data directly or in slightly modified form from a book, article, or other academic source without using quotation marks or giving proper acknowledgment to the original author or source; (ii) copying information from Internet Web sites and submitting it as one’s own work; (iii) buying papers for the purpose of turning them in as one’s own work; and (iv) selling or lending papers to another person for submission by that other person, for academic evaluation, as his or her own work.”


Examples of Academic Misconduct


Improper Behavior:

Falsification or Misuse of Academic Information:


How to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is presenting another person’s work without acknowledgements, whether in the same or in slightly modified form. In academic practice this is regarded as theft, intended to gain undeserved credit. Like other forms of academic dishonesty, plagiarism is cheating. To academicians, a well-documented paper is more impressive than one which arouses the suspicion of a reader familiar with the student's work and alert to echoes from other writers. The proper use of outside sources does not necessarily mean that a paper is lacking in originality, nor does the presence of quotation marks in the text. In fact, the purpose of research and documentation is to share useful information with the reader. The penalties for plagiarism greatly exceed the unlikely reward of gaining credit by getting away with it. Students must be careful to avoid plagiarism and are responsible for learning how to present the ideas of others in their own work. For current documentation practice, consult the instructor and a style manual. When material is borrowed from another person, the source must be indicated. There are three ways in which another writer's material may appear:

1. By putting quotation marks around short passages borrowed verbatim (word for word); or by setting off from the text, without quotation marks, for longer quotations.

2. By precis; condensing part of a writer's argument.

3. By paraphrase: interpretation of a writer's ideas.

All three must be acknowledged either in footnotes or informally in the text.

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[1] The following material is adopted from the original Policy on Academic Misconduct that was approved by the Faculty Senate on 11/05/01, which is superseded by the Disciplinary Procedures for Academic Misconduct approved by the Faculty Senate on 5/10/10 and amended on 2/14/11. This material is provided as a resource for understanding and preventing academic misconduct.