SELECTIONS FROM THE SLU STUDENT
All students at St. Lawrence University are bound by
honor to maintain the highest level of academic integrity. By virtue of
membership in the St. Lawrence community, every student accepts the responsibility
to know the rules of academic honesty, to abide by them at all times, and to
encourage all others to do the same.
Responsibility for avoiding behavior or situations
from which academic dishonesty may be inferred rests entirely with the students.
Claims of ignorance, unintentional error, and academic or personal pressure are
not excuses for academic dishonesty. Students should be sure to learn from
faculty what is expected as their own work and how the work of other people
should be acknowledged. Instructors are expected to maintain conditions which
promote academic honesty.
Instructors have the duty to investigate any instance
involving possible academic dishonesty and must present evidence of academic
dishonesty to the Academic Honor Council rather than make private arrangements
with the student involved. Violations of the St. Lawrence University Code of
Academic Honor are administered under the constitution of the Academic Honor
Council [See Student Handbook for the Constitution].
The primary objective of the University is the
promotion of knowledge. This objective can be furthered only if there is strict
adherence to scrupulous standards of honesty. At St. Lawrence, all members of
the University community have a responsibility to see that standards of honesty
and integrity are maintained.
Students who respect academic honesty and who are
orderly and meticulous in their treatment of both their own work and the work
of others should anticipate no difficulty with cheating, plagiarism, or other
forms of academic dishonesty. Borrowing ideas or language from others is
acceptable scholarly practice and in many instances actively to be encouraged.
Academic dishonesty generally arises from one of two
sources: either a student has knowingly cheated or plagiarized or he/she has
been careless or slipshod in discriminating between his/her own work and that
of others or in acknowledging sources accurately. These latter difficulties are
easily circumvented. Any standard handbook on English usage or term paper
writing manual will furnish a methodology as well as appropriate internal
reference, endnote, or bibliographical forms (cf., for example, the Harbrace Handbook, A
Guide to MLA Documentation,
or Writers Inc.).
A major objective of the University
is the pursuit of knowledge which can be achieved only by strict adherence to
standards of honesty. At St. Lawrence, all members of the community have a
responsibility to see that these standards are maintained.
The following constitute examples of academic dishonesty:
- It is
assumed that all work submitted for credit is done by the student unless the
instructor gives specific permission for collaboration.
- Cheating on examinations and tests consists of knowingly
giving or using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance during
examinations or tests.
Dishonesty in work outside of examinations and tests consists of handing in for
credit as original work that which is not original, where originality is
- Plagiarism: Presenting as one's own work the work of another person - words, ideas, data, evidence, thoughts,
information, organizing principles, or style of presentation-without proper
attribution. Plagiarism includes paraphrasing or summarizing without
acknowledgment by quotation marks, footnotes, endnotes, or other indices of
reference (cf. Joseph F. Trimmer,
- Handing in false reports on any experiment.
- Handing in a book report on a book one has not read.
- Falsification of attendance records of a laboratory or other class meeting.
- Supplying information to another student knowing that such information will be used in a
- Submission of work (papers, journal abstracts, etc.) which has received credit in a
previous course to satisfy the requirement(s) of a second course without the
knowledge and permission of the instructor of the second course.
Claims of ignorance and academic or personal pressure are unacceptable as excuses for
academic dishonesty. Students must learn what constitutes one's own work and
how the work of others must be acknowledged.
St. Lawrence students are required to sign the following statement prior to
registration for classes:
I hereby acknowledge that I have
read the above document and I understand my responsibility in maintaining the
standards of academic honesty at St. Lawrence University.
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