A fundamental part of adapting and succeeding within any work environment is, very early on, determining what types of behaviour are considered acceptable or unacceptable, and college is no different. In other words, to do well, you need to learn the rules, and oftentimes knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. In a college setting, you want to avoid any behaviour that could be identified as academic dishonesty.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic dishonesty is cheating, and it can take many forms:

  • Trying to intentionally deceive an instructor regarding your academic responsibilities, which could include false excuses for missed deadlines
  • Attempting to give or receive assistance when strictly forbidden
  • Copying answers from a friend during an exam
  • Using a phone during an exam
  • Presenting false information as fact within an assignment or exam
  • Inventing and including false data in a report or presentation
  • Trying to prevent another student from completing, submitting or receiving credit for their work
  • Committing plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism means presenting another person’s words and/or ideas as your own. It is perhaps the most common form of academic dishonesty, and one that students often take longer to fully understand. Here are some examples of plagiarism:

  • Copying and pasting any number of sentences from an online source without citation or quotations
  • Submitting an assignment that someone has written for you, whether it’s your cousin or an online “paper mill”
  • Paraphrasing poorly

Why Does it Matter?

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