Grade Policies

Academic Honesty and English 100

The University-wide rules

You should become aware of Ashland University's Academic Integrity Policy. It discusses plagiarism (presenting someone else's words as your own work), fabrication (inventing "facts" for academic writing), cheating, and other forms of academic misconduct. Professors assume you know these rules; ignorance is no excuse. Cheating and lying will get you in trouble in any of your courses here.

The general rules:

  1. If you didn't think it up yourself, tell the reader where you got it. Don't pretend that someone else's writing is yours.
  2. If you don't know what you're talking about, find out—then tell the reader where you got your information. (Inventing fake "facts" is a form of academic dishonesty.)
  3. Do your own work. If you get someone to write your paper for you and present it as your own, that's fraud.

Special Issues in English 100

The product we're trying to make here is not a set of great essays; we're aiming at making good writers. A student once asked me, "Why do you care who wrote the essay I gave you? You got your paper!" I didn't want a good paper; I wanted a good student.

We face several problems in this course:

A teacher's personal thoughts about plagiarism

Plagiarism is really sad—especially from students who make it a habit—because the plagiarist is making three assumptions:

  1. The student is assuming that he/she does not have the ability to do the work and cannot learn how.
  2. The plagiarist is assuming that the teacher is too stupid to figure out what is going on.
  3. The student who plagiarizes assumes that knowledge and skill do not count in his/her profession—the only thing that counts is the grade in the grade book because (obviously) any untrained person could do the work.


  1. If you include an outside source or two and do a clumsy job of citation, I'll simply show you how to do it better. If you include substantial outside material without any citation, you will have to write a new paper that doesn't use any outside material.
  2. If your in-class writing is nowhere near the skill level of your essays, I will seriously question how you were able to produce the essays.
  3. Papers that show substantial, intentional plagiarism will receive a zero with no opportunity for revision. In addition, I will notify the appropriate University authorities and your next English teacher.

In this course

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