Because knowledge depends on truthfulness, because the accurate and fair assessment of students' learning requires the genuineness of their work, and because the relationship between student and professor relies on trust, the Department of History endorses the following standard for all courses taught by members of the department:
Academic dishonesty will be punished by a failing grade for the course. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean.
- state clearly their policies in their syllabus and in class.
- educate students both about plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty and how to avoid them.
- actively detect and penalize academic dishonesty.
- Incorporating someone else's words verbatim without indicating this with quotation marks and indicating what the source is. This applies not only to traditional published sources like books, but also to language found on the internet, as well as unpublished sources. Copying another student's words is plagiarism.
- Incorporating someone else's language but changing a few words.
- Buying a paper.
- Using someone else's original idea (even if in your own words) without giving them credit for it.
- However, an idea which is commonly known or can be found in several places constitutes “common knowledge” and can be referred to without attribution.
- When in doubt, acknowledge the source.
- Cite not only traditional published sources (e.g., books), but other sources as well (the internet, lectures, even conversations).