The English Department

Academic Dishonesty

PLAGIARISM:  This is "the appropriation of the use of language, ideas, and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own."

    You are not permitted to use another person's ideas or words unless you credit the source by means of a textual citation or formal foothaote.  (Your teacher will explain in more detail.)  No matter hat kind of assignment--your homework, an essay, a research paper--you may not use another's work as your own. This warning includes information you may find on the internet.

CHEATING:  We all realize that it is dishonest to look on antoher's paper during a test or to bring crib notes into an exam.  However, it is equally dishonest to give aid during a test or to give informatino concerning a test to a student who has not yet taken the test.  Each student is expected to do his/her own work.

    One of the most difficult areas to clarify is the degree of cooperation permitted in an out-of-class assignment.  Obviously, we encourage group study and mutual aid.  However, such cooperation os not permitted when students are preparing a specific assignment that is to be graded.

ASK YOUR TEACHER FOR CLARIFICATION:  DO NOT ASSUME!

Study Aids:    Since a primary goal of the English department is to encourage students tothink for themselves, to take stands, and to defend them logically and with convincing evidence, the use of Cliff Notes, Monarch Notes, or other such study aids is strictly FORBIDDEN.  It is absolutely imerative that you read the entire assigned text, for only then can you begin to think for yourself.  Your teacher will provide you with all the information you require to complete your assignments and will, of course, provide any extra help you may need.

Warning:  Apparent use of unauthorized study aids will be considered an act of academic dishonesty that will result in serious penalties.

Many situations will arise that are not covered here.  The best advice that we can give to you is to ask your teacher.  Do not assume that you know what is permitted.

Please remember that the internet can be an important research tool, but it is just that- a research tool.  Thus, students must treat information obtained via the internet int he same way as they do information obtained from any other source.

Honesty Pledge:  All seniors are required to include an honesty pledge on every paper they hand in.  At the bottom of the last page, the student must write the following and sign their name beneath it:

    "I, _____________________, pledge that this is my own work unless otherwise specified or cited in this paper."

LATE PAPERS:  Five points per day will be deducted from the grade on each late paper unless excused by the teacher.  Students must complete assigned papers and essays.