Graduate Academic Integrity Tutorial
Message from the Dean
W. Jeffrey Welsh, Ph.D.
The graduate programs at the University of Scranton endeavor to foster a spirit of complete honesty and a high standard of integrity.
Any attempt by any student to present as their work that which he or she has not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration
as a serious offense and renders the offender liable to severe consequences including suspension from the University. The graduate college expects all
students to act in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights and responsibilities of others. It is crucial that one has the right to learn and prosper
in a community free from fraudulence and dishonesty; and it is the responsibility of each graduate student to help maintain such a community.
The faculty who teach courses and offer programs through the graduate college expect all students to refrain from the following:
- Cheating: Practicing or the attempting to practice dishonesty or deception in the taking of tests or in the preparation and submission of academic work pretending that it is one’s own; copying or attempting to copy from another person’s test, paper, or other graded work in a course; using or intending to use, during a testing period, any notes or other prepared materials that a student is not permitted to consult.
- Collusion: The conscious cheating of two or more persons; allowing another to copy tests, papers, or other graded course work without the express consent of the instructor; aiding or abetting another person in the act of cheating.
- Lying: Committing a forgery or uttering a statement known to be false or dishonest, orally or in writing, for the purpose of, or having the effect of, protecting or improving a grade in a course or in one’s academic record; also, uttering a statement known to be false or deceitful in a College judicial proceeding to protect another person from apprehension or punishment for a violation of academic integrity.
- Plagiarism: The act of willfully copying information—an idea, a sentence, several sentences, or a significant part of a sentence—that has been written by someone other than the person submitting the paper, and neglecting to indicate, through the use of quotation marks or notation, that the material has been copied. This includes, but is not limited to, information derived from reference materials, themes, reports, writings of a fellow student, or information obtained through any form of electronic media.
- Stealing: Attempting, whether successful or not, to take, in an unauthorized manner, any academic material that belongs to an instructor or to the University. This includes, but is not limited to, tests, papers, roll books, and assignments.