Academic Integrity

"Academic work submitted by a graduate student for graduate credit is assumed to be of her/his own creation, and, if found not to be, will constitute cause for the student's dismissal from the School" (Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin).

Academic misbehavior means any activity that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the institution or subvert the education process. All forms of academic misbehavior are prohibited at Wayne State University, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Students who commit or assist in committing dishonest acts are subject to downgrading (to a failing grade for the test, paper, or other course-related activity in question, or for the entire course) and/or additional sanctions as described in the Student Code of Conduct

Plagiarism is generally defined as claiming someone else's ideas, words or information. It constitutes intellectual theft. Plagiarism can be avoided by footnoting any data, language, or ideas not of one's own creation. Paraphrasing or rewording of another's work without appropriate credit is also plagiarism. Similarly, plagiarism violates a student's responsibilities when a student purchases or otherwise acquires work done by another and submits it as one's own. Such behavior constitutes fraud, or cheating, and will result in disciplinary action. A related issue arises when a student takes a previously submitted course assignment and, making few or no changes, submits that assignment as part of the requirement for another course. Unless the instructor has specifically approved the re-use of previous work, this ethical violation of the student's responsibility to submit fresh, original work for each assignment will also be construed as plagiarism. Discovery of any such practices will result in disciplinary action.

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