Alverno College Department of Biology Statement on Academic Honesty
††††††††††† Students must do the plagiarism exercise and fill out the plagiarism form in their SC 118 or 120 class, and must fill out the form in each biology class.† After this, they are expected to know how to properly use information from sources. This includes paraphrasing in their own words, giving sources for all material including pictures used in presentations, and properly indicating quotes.
In 100 level courses we are teaching the proper conventions of attribution. Failures to properly format attributions (e.g. quoting with a citation but without using quotation marks, failing to cite sources of figures in presentations) may be corrected by revision on the first offense.† The second incidence of plagiarism will result in a U for the assignment without an opportunity for revision.†† Failures in attribution on any additional assignments will result in a U for the course and will also be reported to the studentís advisor.† The Biology Department regularly reviews and tracks occurrences of plagiarism that result in a U for the course.†
In more advanced courses (200 level and above) we assume that students know and understand the importance of proper attribution. Failure to use it will result in a U on the paper or presentation and a note in the studentís biology file.† In advanced courses (200 level and above) repeated or multiple failures in attribution, whether in the same or subsequent courses, will be treated as intentional plagiarism, will result in a U in the course, and will be reported to the studentís advisor. The Biology Department regularly reviews and tracks occurrences of plagiarism that result in a U for the course.†
If a student does not know whether what she intends to do is plagiarism or not, it is her responsibility to ask the instructor. This is especially important where the assigned work at risk may be required to pass the course.
††††††††††† A lot of Alverno work is collaborative, but most assessments and some key assignments are not.† Academic dishonesty includes copying work from other students or sharing data on assignments which have been assigned as individual work, seeking help from others on take-home assessments, using unauthorized notes during assessments or quizzes, and using any other unauthorized sources of information on assessments or quizzes.† Allowing work to be copied or providing help on individual assignments is as much cheating as copying anotherís work. Students are responsible for asking the instructor if they are in any doubt about what resources have been authorized for use on takehome assignments, homework, or assessments.
††††††††††† To avoid accusations of academic dishonesty, students should be aware of and avoid suspicious behavior during assessments and quizzes.
††††††††††† Accusations of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Biology Department. Confirmed cases of academic dishonesty may result in a U for the course or a U on the assignment with no opportunity for retake, and will be reported to the studentís advisor and noted in her biology file.† The Biology Department regularly reviews and tracks occurrences of academic dishonesty that result in a U for a course.† A second instance of academic dishonesty, whether in the same or a subsequent course, will result in a U for the course, and most likely in expulsion.
In upper-level courses, students are expected to understand what constitutes cheating, and the first instance of these behaviors will be treated as intentional dishonesty.† The penalty will be determined by the instructor/instructors teaching the course, with or without consultation with the studentís major advisor or the Biology Department.
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