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Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity

A resources guide on academic integrity for APUS students and faculty.


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What is academic integrity and why does it matter?

Academic integrity is honesty and responsibility in scholarship. It is the responsiblity of students and faculty alike and serves as the foundation of intellectual truth. Academically honest work is the result of individual efforts in which the intellectual contributions from others are consistently, responsibly, and correctly acknowledged. Academically dishonest work is fraudulent. 

This guide provides information and links to key library and university resources and information. If you have more questions about academic integrity or with learning how to use library resources, email the librarians.

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More Information:

APUS Plagiarism Presentation

University Policy on Academic Honesty

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The University System supports and promotes academic honesty and personal integrity. Any form of academic dishonesty has no place in higher education. The University System does not tolerate dishonest efforts by its students. Students who are guilty of academic dishonesty can expect to be penalized. Any student who knowingly assists another student in dishonest behavior is equally responsible. An additional violation of the standards of academic honesty within a course may result in dismissal from the University System.

To read the complete policy, click on the link below to the APUS Student Handbook.

What is plagiarism?

In the simplest terms, plagiarism is copying the words or ideas of others without giving them credit (that is, presenting someone else's work as your own).   It is cheating, and it is theft.

Unfortunately, it can also be easy to do it unintentionally.  College students are constantly reading and learning new things.  Remembering where you encountered a fact or idea can be tricky after dozens of textbook chapters and scholarly articles.  Perhaps you took notes as you read, but forgot to jot down where each note came from.  When you begin writing your discussion post or research paper, it may all blur together.  Or, it may seem easier just to use those copied (or paraphrased) words or thoughts as your own, rather than tracking down your sources. 

But the consequences can be dire.  It is helpful to know what plagiarism looks like so you can take steps to avoid it as you research topics and write your assignments.  Explore below!

Plagiarism Infographic

VIDEO: Plagiarism: How to Avoid It

Not sure what plagiarism is or how you can avoid it?  Watch this brief, informative video from Bainbridge College (GA). Closed captions and transcript available.

What Plagiarism Looks Like

Take Steps to Avoid Plagiarism

Incorporating Sources Correctly

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Avoid plagiarism as you write by incorporating quotations and paraphrases into your papers effectively and appropriately.

Consequences of Plagiarism