Estherline PierreAcademic integrity is important in undergraduate education. According to the Why is academic integrity important? article, “Academic integrity is important because it ensures that students possess the responsibility to acquire skills honestly in the classroom that aids them in the workforce”. This is statement is true because this policy helps you, when you’re looking for a job and working. With this policy, you learn many things on your own, not by cheating but by doing the best you can. Even though your best is horrible, it doesn’t matter, you just keep working hard. Hard work is recognize everywhere. Determination is recognize everywhere. Many little things are being recognize and this can help you when you start working on your career. According to the why is academic integrity important article, “When a student is allowed to cheat, the student is not fully prepared for the workforce, and the university’s reputation may be compromised……”. I agree with this statement one hundred percent. If you’re allowed to cheat that won’t help you at all at life. You probably see people that go through life by cheating but that’s hurting them and that won’t last because you can’t go by that. Also, when you cheat you’re not being taken seriously and you don’t seems to know what you’re doing which can hurt your career. If you cheat or think you can get through life by cheating, think again. You will not be ready for a fast paced workplace where there is a lot of competition. You will not succeed by cheating, you will not. Also, when a student is allowed to cheat, it definitely can hurt the college or university. It can damage their reputation and they won’t be reliable or taken seriously. They will not be important and no one will trust it. For as long as I have been in school the concept of cheating has always been a very serious offense. While taking tests or especially reading books and critically analyzing them, teachers always reminding us to not cheat and to make sure that we were being honest with our work. It isn’t until university did I learn about the concept of plagiarism and the many ways to avoid discrediting an author’s original thoughts. There’s a number of rules and guidelines to follow to ensure that the original author is always receiving credit when their work is present in yours. A statement that one of my professors made in my freshman year that always resonated with me is that one of the only things that we have that is truly ours is our ideas. In academia, your ideas can be groundbreaking. Your ideas may have started a movement or created a new theory or brought forth compelling material to change concepts and more. These author’s work countless of hours doing research, conducting trials to bring forth their ideas to be able to publish successful works. Academic Integrity is one of the other most important things that I learned when I transitioned from high school to university. the definition of academic integrity in my opinion is simply upholding academic honesty policies set by your university. During orientation, academic integrity is one of the main highlighted topics introduced by your university. Doing the right thing academically and assuring your professor’s that the material you are presenting to them is original and begins to build your credibility and is all a part of academic integrity. Having academic integrity is important because it begins to build a relationship between you and your audience which will be your professor. Reading through your work overtime your professor begins to trust that the material you are presenting them is original and if you used ideas that weren’t yours, you make sure it was clearly cited. This is turn helps your become an exceptional individual because if you ever make the decision to publish work and bring forth new ideas in the academic world you will be deemed to be a credible writer. People can trust that the content you are publishing to them is in fact original. This in turn helps you to become a more efficient writer and eventually makes writing a less complex and simpler task. The oxford dictionary defines integrity as this “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles: moral principles .” Having a strong sense of personal integrity in turns helps you to have great academic integrity. Valuing original thoughts and valuing that is important to be honest in all your work is also an important factor. To have a better understanding of academic understanding I browsed to through universities views of academic integrity like the University of Ontario, Rutgers University, Barry University, University of Chicago and so forth, a common view that all of these universities share of academic integrity is that having academic integrity ensures the value of the degree that you are receiving. Its makes perfect sense that if you spend your college years cheating, plagiarizing and cutting corners you diminish the value of your college degree. A habit of cutting corners and ignoring being credible and having integrity follows you throughout your career if you make it that far. To sum up, academic integrity is important in undergraduate and graduate education because is ensures your trustworthiness to your professors and peers and ensures the value of the degree that you are receiving. Spending your college years being dishonest in your work will haunt you in your career because you won’t know how to face assignment the correct way and if you are dishonest in your work and you get caught, this can result in you getting fired and in some cases jail time. Academic integrity is also important in undergraduate and graduate education because you will see throughout your college experience that these rules that you learn about in accordance to academic honesty helps protect you from making a detrimental mistake that can lead you to serving jail time for being dishonest in your work. There are many schools that have academic integrity policies. University of Albany have academic integrity policies. University of south florida have academic integrity policies. Penn State college of education have academic integrity policies. These colleges all have examples of Academic Dishonesty. According to all three colleges, “Plagiarism: Presenting as one’s own work the work of another person” (University of Albany, University of south florida and penn state college of education). According to all three colleges, “Examples of plagiarism include: failure to acknowledge the source(s) of even a few phrases, sentences, or paragraphs; failure to acknowledge a quotation or paraphrase of paragraph-length sections of a paper; failure to acknowledge the source(s) of a major idea or the source(s) for an ordering principle; failure to acknowledge the source (quoted, paraphrased, or summarized) of major sections or passages in the paper or project; the unacknowledged use of several major ideas or extensive reliance on another person’s data, evidence, or critical method; submitting as one’s own work, work borrowed, stolen, or purchased from someone else” (University of Albany, University of south florida and penn state college of education). The university of Albany provides many examples of Academic integrity and dishonesty. According to the university of Albany, cheating on examinations is also part of academic dishonesty. The university of Albany states “Cheating on Examinations: Giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after an examination. Examples of unauthorized help include collaboration of any sort during an examination (unless specifically approved by the instructor); collaboration before an examination (when such collaboration is specifically forbidden by the instructor); the use of notes, books, or other aids during an examination (unless permitted by the instructor); arranging for another person to take an examination in one’s place; looking upon someone else’s examination during the examination period; intentionally allowing another student to look upon one’s exam; unauthorized discussion of exam questions during the examination period; and the passing of any examination information to students who have not yet taken the examination” (University of Albany). According to penn state college of education, they have their definition of integrity. The University have stated “As defined by Faculty Senate Policy 49-20, academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner, serving as a basic guiding principle for all academic activity. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others” (penn state college of education). The common thing about all three colleges is that they have similar definitions is to what is Academic Integrity, Academic dishonesty, Plagiarism and why they have those rules in the first place. Out of all three colleges, University of Albany provided many examples of Academic dishonesty so that students can know it, learn it and not do it. The differences between these three colleges was the sanctions. They all have different sanctions. That doesn’t surprise me because they are all different school, out of state and even though they have different sanctions, they still all have the same rules and regulations. According to the University of Albany, “Penalties for violations of academic integrity may include, but are not limited to, the following: Warning without further penalty, or with a requirement that an assignment be redone without a breach of academic integrity and resubmitted. 1.Lowering of an assignment/exam grade 2.Assigning a failing grade on a paper containing plagiarized material 3.Assigning a failing grade on any examination in which cheating occurred 4.Lowering a course grade 5.Giving a failing grade in a course or other academic exercise.”(University of Albany). Penn State college of education explain what to do when academic dishonesty is suspected. According to penn state college of education “The faculty member will arrange to meet with the student to explain and discuss the suspicion of dishonesty and give the student a chance to explain. The faculty member should outline the violation and academic sanction to be given. This is an opportunity to resolve issues between the faculty member and the student. Completion of the Academic Integrity Form (click here for form) is mandatory for every alleged incident of academic dishonesty. At this time, if the faculty member accepts the student’s explanation of what transpired and agrees that no academic integrity violation has occurred, no Academic be used as a basis for imposing additional academic sanctions or deciding whether Integrity Form will be completed and no record will be made in the student’s file” (Penn State college of education). The university also provides many details for students and faculty to follow. It’s also explains and tell the students what to do if they accept or decline it. University of south florida provides many details and explanations of the sanctions. It tells you what to do, who to go to and etc. According to the University of south florida, “Academic Dishonesty occurred in: course, Sanction: Grade Assignment; or Removal from course. Academic Officer (to be determined by individual cases and title may vary): Instructor’s Supervisor or Department Chair. Academic Officer for Academic Integrity Appeal: Dean of College” (University of south florida). There are many advantages and disadvantages of implementing academic integrity policies in school. The advantages are that it will prepare you in the workplace and your career. Dishonesty won’t help you in life, it will hurt you. Another advantages is that people will take you seriously when they see your hard work and determination. People will respect you and your work and it will help you in the work competition field. I can’t think of any disadvantages. The only thing I can say about that is that it can hurt your education but then again it’s not the policy faulty and many things can hurt your education.
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