Academic integrity is a vital component to be a successful scholar, particularly regarding the use of academic resources. The following explanation of what academic integrity means at GCU, was taken from the GCU website:
Academic integrity is at the heart of GCU’s values and is integral to our university community. According to the Center for Academic Integrity, there are five fundamental values that are center to academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students who utilize the work of others without proper citation or reference are in violation of these values, and are committing academic dishonesty. Such dishonesty not only discredits the student who is plagiarizing the work of another, but also the university community as a whole. At GCU, we encourage students to develop practices that support academic integrity, such as independent learning, developing study skills such as note-taking and time-management, and respecting the ideas of others by utilizing proper citations and references. It is the responsibility of all GCU students to be familiar with the specific policies pertaining to student conduct and academic integrity that are outlined in the University Policy Handbook.
All students are expected to demonstrate a high standard of conduct and academic integrity in the classroom. Visit the GCU website to review Academic Integrity in the University Policy Handbook, as well as policy violation examples of academic dishonesty.
The instructor determines the in-class penalty for academic dishonesty. An in-class penalty may include, but is not limited to, rewriting the assignment or paper with or without point deductions, or awarding no or limited points for a specific assignment or paper. The instructor may request a University-level penalty, which may include, but is not limited to, awarding a failing grade for the course, removing a student from class, academic suspension, or academic expulsion from the University. An instructor may not prevent a student from attending or completing a course, as this would be a University-level decision. One of the most significant examples of academic dishonesty is plagiarism.
Plagiarism is claiming credit for someone else’s work or ideas. Examples of plagiarism include:
· Creating documents or producing materials without crediting the source.
· Presenting as new or original any idea or product from an existing source.
· Paraphrasing or condensing ideas from another’s source without proper citation and referencing or primarily using other sources for the content of a paper.
· Intentionally or unintentionally using the words, works, or ideas of others and representing them as one’s own in any academic exercise.
· Wrongful use of electronically stored or transmitted work.
As a GCU student, you are responsible for authenticating any assignment submitted to an instructor. Proving that the assignment submitted is actually your own work. This includes:
· Producing copies of sources that are cited or referenced.
· Using Internet searches or Turnitin, if necessary.
· Being able to explain your work or process orally.
· Pass a quiz based on your submitted work.
· Knowing how to properly cite and reference information sources.
· Knowing GCU’s Code of Conduct, as stated in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.