Academic Ethics

Academic Ethics: What is expected?

The main purpose of a university is to share and develop knowledge gained from intellectual pursuits. These pursuits employ the virtues of clear and critical thinking with a commitment to fairness in research and scholarship. Consequently, universities have an obligation to contribute to their communities with respect to the cultural and social advancement of humanity. All those engaged in academic work at a university, including Faculty, Staff, and Students should work with integrity and uphold the values of academic honesty and scholarly integrity.

Responsibilities of Students

Students are responsible to ensure that the submission of written work, (essays, projects, reports, theses) is void of copied material or material written by someone else. It is always assumed that students' work is their own and that any other person's work whether provided as support or example of students' ideas is acknowledged and cited. Failure to cite sources in an essay or any work submitted for evaluation with a student's name on it constitutes PLAGIARISM.


Plagiarism is the most serious breach of academic honesty. It occurs when someone simply uses another person's work or ideas as his or her own. All work belonging to someone else must be properly cited on a citations page and includes both direct quotes and indirect paraphrases from another person's work. Even ideas mentioned by other writers that may be central to your own reasoning must be cited in the presentation of your work.

There are several online guides on how to cite references. One useful site is the OWL Online Writing Lab at Purdue.