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Academic integrity, plagiarism and citing sources

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity, according to the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), is making choices in your academic life and work that reflect six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness,respect, responsibility and courage.

For a detailed explanation of these fundamental values, consult the ICAI BookletThe Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity

Consequences for Lack of Academic Integrity (Academic Misconduct)

Academic integrity creates a level playing field, a fair environment where students have the same advantages and disadvantages.  Students who do not practice academic integrity at Florida Tech face serious consequences such as:

  • An F grade in assignment or course
  • Mandatory withdrawal from all classes
  • Denial of permission to register for a period of time
  • Suspension or expulsion from the University.

For details on Florida Tech policies on academic integrity/honesty or academic misconduct, see  the following documents:

Lack of Academic Integrity - Cheating and Plagiarism

Two most common examples of academic dishonesty are: Cheating (below) and Plagiarism (next tab in left column).

Examples of Cheating:

Cheating is defined as fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment. It includes using or attempting to use materials, or assisting others in using materials that are prohibited or inappropriate in the context of the academic assignment in question. For example:

  • Copying or attempting to copy from others during an exam or on an assignment
  • Communicating answers with another person during an exam
  • Preprogramming a calculator to contain answers or other unauthorized information for exams
  • Using unauthorized materials, prepared answers, written notes, or concealed information during an exam
  • Allowing others to do an assignment or portion of an assignment, including the use of a commercial term paper service
  • Submitting the same assignment for more than one course without the prior approval of all the instructors involved.
  • Collaborating on an exam or assignment with any other person without prior approval from the course instructor.
  • Taking an exam for another person or having someone take an exam for you.