Academic integrity is the guiding principle for all that you do, from taking exams, making oral presentations to writing term papers. It requires that you recognize and acknowledge information derived from others, and take credit only for ideas and work that are yours.
You violate the principle of academic integrity when you:
- Cheat on an exam;
- Submit the same work for two different courses without prior permission from your professors;
- Receive help on a take-home examination that calls for independent work;
Plagiarism is failure to properly assign authorship to a paper, a document, an oral presentation, a musical score and/or other materials which are not your original work. You plagiarize when, without proper attribution, you do any of the following:
- Copy verbatim from a book, an article or other media;
- Download documents from the Internet;
- Purchase documents;
- Report from other's oral work;
- Paraphrase or restate someone else's facts, analysis and/or conclusions;
- Copy directly from a classmate or allow a classmate to copy from you.
Through reading, writing, and discussion, you will undoubtedly acquire ideas from others, and exchange ideas and opinions with others, including your classmates and professors. You will be expected, and often required, to build your own work on that of other people. In so doing, you are expected to credit those sources that have contributed to the development of your ideas.
Avoiding Academic Dishonesty
- Organize your time appropriately to avoid undue pressure, and acquire good study habits, including note taking.
- Learn proper forms of citation. Always check with your professors of record for their preferred style guides. Directly copied material must always be in quotes; paraphrased material must be acknowledged; even ideas and organization derived from your own previous work or another's work need to be acknowledged.
- Always proofread your finished work to be sure that quotation marks or footnotes or other references were not inadvertently omitted. Know the source of each citation.
- Do not submit the same work for more than one class without first obtaining the permission of both professors even if you believe that work you have already completed satisfies the requirements of another assignment.
- Save your notes and drafts of your papers as evidence of your original work.
When a professor suspects cheating, plagiarism, and/or other forms of academic dishonesty, appropriate disciplinary action is as follows:
- The Professor will meet with the student to discuss, and present evidence for the particular violation, giving the student opportunity to refute or deny the charge(s).
- If the Professor confirms the violation(s), he/she, in consultation with the Program Director and Department Chair may take any of the following actions:
- Allow the student to redo the assignment
- Lower the grade for the work in question
- Assign a grade of F for the work in question
- Assign a grade of F for the course
- Recommend dismissal
When dismissal is recommended, that recommendation will be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Student Services and Public Affairs, who will convene all parties involved. An appeal of the decision at this step is submitted in writing to the Vice Dean, including full documentation to support the appeal.
*The NYU Steinhardt Statement on Academic Integrity is consistent with New York University Policy on Student Conduct, published in the NYU Student Guide.