Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty at WSU

The following are the most commonly reported violations of the academic integrity policy at WSU.

Plagiarism – Presenting the information, ideas, or phrasing of another person as the student’s own work without proper acknowledgement of the source. WSU’s policy makes no distinction between intentional and unintentional plagiarism. Bad citation = plagiarism.

Unauthorized Assistance – Use of unauthorized materials in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations, or giving or receiving unauthorized assistance by any means, including talking, copy information from another student, using electronic devices, or taking an examination for another student.

Fabrication – The intentional invention or counterfeiting of information in the course of an academic activity. The most common form is counterfeiting record of internship or practicum experiences.

A full list of definitions can be found in the Standards of Conduct under WAC 504-26-010 Definitions. 

Tips on How to Avoid Academic Dishonesty

Know the policy! You are fully responsible for knowing WSU’s policy on academic integrity violations. Ignorance is not grounds for a successful appeal. Furthermore, WSU does not make a distinction between intentional and unintentional plagiarism. Bad citation = plagiarism. The policy can be found in the Standards of Conduct under WAC 504-26-010 Definitions and WAC 504-26-404.

The best thing you can do is manage your time well! If you are prepared and don’t procrastinate you won’t turn to desperate measures to complete assignments and tests. Often students cheat because they are ill prepared and panic sets in.

Wikipedia is not always your friend! Be very careful about the websites you use for research and closely follow your instructor’s guidelines.

Don’t even think about buying a paper online – trust us your instructors have seen it before. Many papers are recirculated online and are often reused so faculty members see the same papers often. Also, your instructor is going to notice the change in your writing style. If you are struggling seek help from the many resources available to you.

During tests sit away from your friends and next to an empty seat if possible.

When in doubt talk to your instructor. They are there to help you and clarify any questions you might have about expectations in their classroom.

Learn to cite correctly and always clarify which citation style your instructor wants if it is not clear on the assignment or in the syllabus.

About that syllabus…read it.

Protect your work; don’t become an easy target for cheaters.

Use the many resources available to you on campus.

Lastly, take pride in your own work! You worked hard to get into WSU so enjoy this experience and don’t cheat yourself out of the world class education available to you.