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Academic Integrity

In a scholarly community like Northwestern, academic integrity is of the utmost importance. If you are guilty of dishonesty in academic work, you may receive a failing grade in the course and be suspended or permanently excluded from the University. The brochure "Academic Integrity at Northwestern: A Basic Guide" details the types of offenses that constitute academic dishonesty and contains a thorough discussion of the proper citation of sources. You can get this brochure at the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising. 

The Undergraduate Catalog contains a non-exhaustive list of behaviors that violate standards of academic integrity. These include: cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, obtaining an unfair advantage, aiding and abetting dishonesty, falsification of records and official documents, and unauthorized access to computerized academic or administrative records or systems. Each of these is described in more detail in the catalog.

One important type of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Plagiarism includes more than just copying someone else's work. Northwestern's "Principles Regarding Academic Integrity" defines plagiarism as "submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely one's own work without attributing those same portions to their correct source." A Northwestern webpage provides links to additional information on academic integrity, including information on relevant policies and on how to recognize and avoid violations of academic integrity in your own work. More tips on avoiding plagiarism are available from Northwestern s Writing Place.

Sometimes students think that another student has acted in a way that is academically dishonest. In this situation you should consult with the Weinberg College Adviser.

A faculty member who suspects that a student has violated standards of academic integrity should report this to Assistant Dean Mark Sheldon (phone 847-491-8918) as soon as feasible. For additional information, faculty can consult the WCAS Adviser's Handbook or the Chairperson's Handbook, which also provides suggestions for minimizing academic dishonesty.

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