January 29, 2015
Academic Integrity to me means that you are completely honest with your work. You didn’t cheat or plagiarize any of your work, it is all in your own words. Knowing that you can do the work by yourself clearly means that you understand what is being taught and you actually put in an effort to learn more. You should be able to complete any assignments, exams, and any other given assignments with complete honesty. College professors and college faculty want the students to be honest with their work they submit. If they do it in their own words, then they know that the students are able to learn and understand the work taught to them.
Academic Integrity is the main core of learning. The more you grow in school also means you grow more as a person. The more you learn, the more you learn about things you never thought to think of before. It values avoiding things such as cheating or plagiarism.
Some ways the students violate academic integrity is when they cheat. They look at someone else’s paper, or copy their work when they didn’t do it themselves. When a person cheats, it shows that they haven’t really learned anything. They’re depending on someone else’s word to help them. But it leaves them with some discomfort or shame. They lose some respect for themselves and it bothers them until they confess but most people don’t own up to cheating unless they are caught.
Morehead’s academic integrity/plagiarism policy is almost the same as every other college in the state. If we perform academic dishonesty here, then it is the professor’s decision on what the punishment should be. Whether it is, failure of that assignment, failure of that class, or getting kicked out of that class for the remainder of the semester or any other time during college. I agree with the policy because if you can’t do your own work then you really can’t do anything on your own. You should be able to write a paper in your own words, or most of it in your own words and give credit to whatever isn’t yours.
Case Study #1: In Todd’s case, it is a form of scholastic dishonesty because, he used the same stuff from the last time for this newer assignment. Even though it is just extra credit, he should use newer stuff for it. He also didn’t cite his work correctly either. The student should have used newer material for his extra credit instead of using the older ones. If he used direct quotes, he should have cited them correctly. The sanctions on this student should have been asking the professor if he could use the older material that he had before because not only might he fail the assignment, but also fail that class.
Case Study #2: In Mia’s case, she is not right. She cheated off of Mark, so it is a form of academic dishonesty. She should have talked to the professor and told her that she did not understand the work that she was given and the professor would have helped her, instead she cheated and got a failing grade. The sanction that was placed on the student is fair to me because she had other choices besides cheating. She could have gotten help from the professor or someone else. She could have also gotten a tutor. But she did not do that, so she got a failing grade for the test and also the class.
Case Study #3: In the group case of Justin, Alyssa, and Miguel, it is scholastic dishonesty. All three of them are at fault due to Alyssa letting Miguel cheat off of her and Justin because he saw it and didn’t do anything about it. Both Alyssa and Miguel are at equal fault because she let him cheat, and instead of