Plagiarism, Cheating and Dishonesty

As a member of the Duke community, you will be contributing to the scholarly achievements of our university through your work both in and outside of the classroom. In high school you probably learned about documenting sources properly and avoiding plagiarism. Plagiarism, broadly speaking, is claiming someone else's work as your own. At the college level, plagiarism is considered to be a serious violation of academic integrity, even if it is not intentional. You will find information on the different forms of plagiarism, proper scholarly procedure and links to helpful web sites on the Plagiarism Tutorial Web site. Freshmen are required to take this tutorial prior to registering for the spring semester.

"Cheating" involves a variety of actions, including the procurement of exam questions without an instructor's permission, copying answers on an exam, copying material for a lab report, doing assignments for someone else, intentionally misreporting results for a class, changing grades or answers during regrades, and forging documents.

"Academic contempt" is a failure to adhere to an instructor's directions with respect to academic integrity and honesty, e.g. working with another individual on an assignment when the instructions were to work by yourself, failing to put notes and books away during an exam, or taking more time than allotted on a take-home final.

Students accused of plagiarism, cheating, academic contempt or other instances of academic dishonesty can be brought before the judicial board. If found responsible, sanctions can range from required service work to dismissal for several semesters. Faculty can impose their own sanctions for a class. These may vary from requiring a student to rewrite a paper to an automatic F.

Last updated: November 19, 2003

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