Good scholarly practices compared with scholastically dishonest practices

What constitutes scholastic dishonesty, especially plagiarism, is not always clear.

While the Student Conduct Code provides definitions of plagiarism and scholastic dishonesty, it is sometimes hard to understand what that means without examples. These examples are by no means the only examples of good scholarly practices or scholastically dishonest ones.

Good scholarly practices

Scholastic dishonesty

Using a citation style manual to correctly cite and attribute all sources Making up a citation style, mis-attributing a source, or neglecting to cite a source
Following group work practices set out by your instructor Collaborating with another person on an assignment that your professor has asked you to work on individually
Asking your professor to outline what resources you can use (such as old tests or commercial study aids) to help you in your course Using old tests and others’ class notes as study aids without instructor permission
Creating your own original work in assignments, tests, presentations, and other University work Purchasing assignments, services, papers, tests, or other work that you claim as your own original scholarly work
Seeking help from student success services to learn about citation practices Incorrectly quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing a source with or without proper citation
Using your own knowledge and understanding of a course’s content when taking a test or quiz. Checking your test answers using a service like Chegg or Course Hero before turning in the test

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