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Standards of Academic Conduct

Academic honesty is expected of Mount Union students. Academic standards and practices are influenced by culture. What is considered appropriate academic behavior in your home country might be different from what is appropriate in the United States; it is important that you understand U.S. standards and practices. Not meeting these standards can result in charges of academic dishonesty and possibly expulsion from the University.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not necessarily limited to, cheating on assignments and examinations; plagiarizing, representing as your own work any part of work done by another; or unauthorized use of library or computer materials.

It is common in many countries for students to study and work together to prepare for exams. This is okay in the United States as well. However, once in the classroom, students are on their own. Students cannot copy or discuss answers with each other during an exam.

Plagiarism is defined as copying the work of someone else and not naming him or her as your source. It is one of the most serious violations of the standards of academic conduct in the U.S. It can ruin your academic career.

When you are writing a paper you must name your sources and identify when you are using their words and ideas. This also applies to the work of other students. It also includes your own work, which you have done for another class. It is NOT permissible to hand in a paper you have written for one class in another class. If you use ideas, quotes from another paper, you must indicate this.

(Adapted from University of Minnesota International Student Handbook 1994-95)