Sustainable Agriculture Institute
Code of Ethics
All students of the Sustainable Education Institute are bound by the Honor Code not to commit Academic Fraud, which is a form of cheating.
The following is meant to raise awareness among students as to what academic fraud is and how to avoid it.
Academic fraud includes:
Plagiarism is representing someone else’s ideas or works as your own original ideas or works. Plagiarism encompasses many things and is by far the most common manifestation of academic fraud. For example, copying a passage straight from a book, a website, or any other source, into a paper without using quotation marks and explicitly citing the source is plagiarism.
Additionally, paraphrasing without citing your original source is considered plagiarism. It is very important that students properly acknowledge all ideas, work, and even distinctive words or phrases that are not their own. Students who are unsure of how to properly acknowledge a source are encouraged to consult a Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA), professor, or manual of style.
Multiple submission is the use of works previously submitted at this or any other institution to fulfill academic requirements in another class. For example, using a paper from a 12th grade English class for an ENWR 101 assignment is academic fraud. Slightly altered work that has been resubmitted is also considered to be fraudulent. With prior permission, some professors may allow students to complete one assignment for two classes. In this case, prior permission from both instructors is absolutely necessary.
False citation is falsely citing a source or attributing work to a source from which the referenced material was not obtained. A simple example of this would be footnoting a paragraph and citing a work that was never utilized.
False data is the fabrication or alteration of data to deliberately mislead. For example, changing data to get better experiment results is academic fraud. Professors and TAs in lab classes will often have strict guidelines for the completion of labs and assignments. Whenever in doubt about what may be considered academic fraud, consult immediately with the professor.
Internet Resources are quickly becoming popular materials used in academic research. As more and more people gain access to computer technology, the number of websites devoted to academic pursuits is increasing dramatically. Many of these websites provide reliable information; however, others may not include well-documented research. If you rely on Internet resources for your research, please be sure to use the proper citation.