To best understand expectations regarding academic integrity, please visit the Provost’s website, which provides the definitions of academic integrity, plagiarism, collusion, and cheating used by all instructors at the University of Oklahoma.
It is your responsibility to know and act according to the definitions and guidelines on the Provost's website before you submit any work for a grade. If you are still unsure of any concept of academic integrity, please consult your instructor.
The most common violation of academic integrity in First-Year Composition courses is plagiarism*, which the Provost defines as:
- Copying words and presenting them as your own writing.
- Copying words (even if you give the source) without indicating that they are a direct quotation by enclosing them in quotation marks.
- Copying words and then changing them slightly or substituting synonyms (even if you give the source).
- Presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, even if you change the wording.
It is also a violation of academic integrity to submit the same work for more than one course, unless you have the express permission of both instructors.
Violations of academic integrity carry penalties up to and including expulsion from the university.
*By necessity, composition instructors are experts at detecting plagiarism. If you are suspected of plagiarizing, your instructor may charge you with either an academic misconduct charge or an admonition. You may contest an admonition by contacting the Student Conduct Office within 15 regular class days of receiving the admonition and denying the charge through an appeals process.
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