Academic Integrity: Overview

Academic Honesty and English Composition Classes

In the university setting, we expect academic honesty and we enforce the rules. Plagiarism is essentially presenting the work of someone else as if you wrote it yourself, so it is a form of dishonesty. It does not matter if you are lifting material from a book which you paid for, quoting an article from Wikipedia (which comes to you free), or getting a friend to write the paper for you. If you didn't write it and you say you did, you are being dishonest.

Why students plagiarize

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.

Ashland University rules

This situation is like the tax laws or the drunk driving laws. You are expected to know and obey the rules. It's no defense to say, "I just wasn't aware." Professors across the university take plagiarism very seriously, so it's not just an English class issue. (Do you want an illustration? Go to the Ashland home page, and search for the word "plagiarism." Then notice how many different departments are represented in the results.)

Link to Ashland University Academic Integrity Policy

Please note that several different offenses are called "plagiarism."

University rules require that your instructor report every instance in which academic dishonesty resulted in the lowering of a grade. Thus, if a student shows evidence of dishonesty in more than one course, his/her academic career might well be in jeopardy.

In this course

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Revised 6/26/20 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: