Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion To Change the Academic Honesty Policy

Motion: The academic honesty policy (as stated on pp. 64-68 of the 1999-2000 Georgia State University General Bulletin and in other places) is changed as follows:

(Additions are shown in bold italics; deletions are shown in strike-outs.)

Section I: (No changes)
Section II:
Paragraph 1: (No changes)
Paragraph 2:
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is presenting another person's work as one's own. Plagiarism includes any paraphrasing or summarizing of the works of another person without acknowledgment, including the submitting of another student's work as one's own. Plagiarism frequently involves a failure to acknowledge in the text, notes, or footnotes the quotation of the paragraphs, sentences, or even a few phrases written or spoken by someone else. The submission of research or completed papers or projects by someone else is plagiarism, as is the unacknowledged use of research sources gathered by someone else when that use is specifically forbidden by the faculty member. Failure to indicate the extent and nature of one's reliance on other sources is also a form of plagiarism. Any work, in whole or in part, taken from the Internet or other computer-based resource without properly referencing the source (for example, the URL) is considered plagiarism. A complete reference is required in order that all parties may locate and view the original source. Finally, there may be forms of plagiarism that are unique to an individual discipline or course, examples of which should be provided in advance by the faculty member. The student is responsible for understanding the legitimate use of sources, the appropriate ways of acknowledging academic, scholarly or creative indebtedness, and the consequences of violating this responsibility.
Paragraph 3:
Cheating on Examinations: Cheating on examinations involves giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after an examination. Examples of unauthorized help include the use of notes, computer based resources, texts, or "crib sheets" during an examination . . . [no additional changes]
Paragraph 4:
Unauthorized Collaboration: Submission for academic credit of a work product, or a part thereof, represented as its being one's own effort, which has been developed in substantial collaboration with or without assistance from another person, source, or computer-based resource, is a violation of academic honesty. It is also a violation of academic honesty knowingly to provide such assistance. Collaborative work specifically authorized by a faculty member is allowed.
Paragraph 5: (No changes)
Paragraph 6: (No changes)
Section III. (No changes)
Section IV. (No changes)

Rationale:
The primary intent of these changes is to make more explicit to students that academic dishonesty can occur by use of the Internet and other computer-based resources and that this form of academic dishonesty will be viewed in the same light as academic dishonesty by non-electronic modes.

Our stance toward academic dishonesty and the definitions of terms such as "plagiarism" and "unauthorized collaboration" do not change. We simply make more explicit some examples of possible ways in which plagiarism, etc., may occur.

The catalyst for reviewing this policy is a request from the Robinson College of Business. They report having seen an increase in incidents of academic dishonesty by use of computer-based resources such as the Internet.

Additionally, some minor editing changes are made to Section II, paragraph 4. These are shown as strike-outs above. One change is simpler phrasing. The other strike-out is proposed because the stricken phrasing is more appropriately viewed as plagiarism.


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