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Academic Integrity

In the Center for Learning Resources, we are here to assist you in maintaining academic integrity as specified by University of New Haven's official Academic Integrity Policy.  Our Writing Lab tutors can help students find and cite appropriate sources in their papers.  In addition, we offer the following workshop multiple times every fall and spring semester:

“What Is Plagiarism? How Do I Avoid It?”

Are you confused about when you need to cite? Are you frightened by the prospect of accidentally plagiarizing? Do you want to know how to cite in different circumstances, including for oral presentations? Then check out this workshop to learn the answers.

Length: 60 minutes Audience: Everyone

For more information about the Academic Integrity Policy at UNH, please read the information below, which can also be found online at



I. Philosophy 

The University of New Haven is an academic community based on the principles of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Academic integrity is a core University value which ensures respect for the academic reputation of the University, its students, faculty and staff, and the degrees it confers.

The University expects that all students, graduate and undergraduate, will learn in an environment where they work independently in the pursuit of knowledge, conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Each member of the University community has a responsibility to be familiar with the definitions contained in, and to adhere to, the Academic Integrity Policy.

The policy and procedures to follow apply to all University of New Haven students.

II. Policy

Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy include, but are not limited to, the following examples—

A. Cheating —“Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study
aids in any academic exercise.” i Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

1. Having unauthorized notes during an exam or quiz, or communication of information by any means concerning the content of an examination during or after the testing period to anyone who has not yet taken the examination. The only materials permitted during an exam are those that an instructor explicitly instructs students they may use.

2. Copying the work of another during a test or quiz.

3. Obtaining or providing unauthorized prior knowledge of exam or quiz content.

4. Using another student’s work for a homework or lab assignment or presenting the work of another as one’s own.

5. Using unauthorized materials or information from others for a take-home exam. It is expected that students do independent work for exams whether they are take-home or in-class. Students are expected to comply with the guidelines set by the instructor.

6. Seeking, receiving, or giving aid during examinations through electronic means (e.g., cell phone, e-mail, text messaging).

7. Purchasing papers, research, reports, etc. from commercial services or other individuals for use in any manner other than research for which the source of information is appropriately referenced in the student’s work. 

B. Collaboration/Collusion

1. Nonpermitted Collaboration. In some instances, instructors may indicate permitted forms of collaboration with other students. If the instructor does not indicate that collaboration is permitted, it should be understood that none is permitted. Students are encouraged to seek clarification from their instructors regarding the acceptable parameters for collaboration should they be in doubt regarding assignments that require group work. Acknowledgement of collaboration is required when presenting authorship of student work.

2. Study Groups and Tutoring. Academic integrity standards do not prohibit students from studying together or from tutoring each other if done in conformance with other provisions of this policy.

C. Plagiarism —“Representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise or resubmitting one’s own work under false pretenses.”  

1. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

a. Copying without proper citation from another student’s paper(s) partially or entirely or from any source, such as a book, article, notebook, video, or other source material, whether published or unpublished.

b. Purchasing or securing a paper from any source, to include term-paper vendors and Internet sources, and submitting that paper or specific portions of the paper as one’s own work.

c. Inserting a passage from the Internet or any computer source into one’s paper without proper citation.

d. Copying data from another source without a proper citation.

e. Appropriating another person’s computer programming work for submission as an assignment.

f. Failing to attribute material that comes from other media sources or failing to obtain proper permission for the use of such material when creating a web page, film, musical composition, or other forms of presentation or artistic expression as a course assignment.

g. Any other appropriation of another’s intellectual property without proper attribution.

h. Submitting an assignment that was written during a prior semester or submitting the same assignment for more than one class simultaneously, including resubmitting all or substantial portions of previously written work for a current assignment, unless instructors in multiple courses are informed of and approve of the submission. Students should consult their instructors if unsure of what work of their own they may use in preparing an assignment. The student should assume that, unless the instructor specifically permits it, the use of work from one previous or simultaneous course to satisfy the expectations of another course will be perceived as deceptive, and in addition, the work so used fails to qualify as original work for the assignment.

i. Citing sources improperly, which includes, but is not limited to, failure to use quotation marks or other appropriate notation for direct quotes or for an author’s distinctive phrases, and following an author’s structure of writing and ideas, but rephrasing the sentences partially to give the impression that the whole passage reflects the student’s structure and ideas. 

2. Guidance on proper citation may be found below or through other designated resources indicated by your academic department.

Resources on Proper Citation of Sources:

American Psychological Association. (2001) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author.

Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.).(2003) Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.

Gibaldi, J. (2003) MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. (6th ed.), New York: Modern Language Association.

Sources online: (LibGuides)

Strunk, W. & White, E.B. (2000). The Elements of Style (4th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Turabian, K.L. (2007) A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations (7th ed.), Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.

D. Fabrication —“Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation
in an academic exercise.” Fabrication includes: 

1. Furnishing false information, distorting data or failing to provide all necessary required information to the University’s advisor, registrar, admissions counselor, instructor, etc., for any academically related purpose.

2. Forging a signature to certify completion of a course assignment or a recommendation to graduate school or to employers, internship sponsors, or other sponsors of on- or off-campus engagements.

3. Fabricating data in support of laboratory or field work, whether for course-related assignments or for non-course-related internally- or externally-funded, extracurricular, or co-curricular projects.

4. Misrepresenting one’s academic accomplishments.

5. Fabricating or falsifying a bibliography.

E. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty –Knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this Policy, or otherwise facilitating academic dishonesty.

1. Examples include but are not limited to:

a. Providing to other students one’s own work or that of others with the reasonable expectation that these will be used for the purpose of cheating or plagiarism. 

b. Maintaining a file of exams or papers with the reasonable expectation that these will be used for the purpose of cheating or plagiarism. 

c. Unfairly advancing one’s academic position by hoarding, stealing, or damaging library materials. 

d. Theft of other students’ notes, papers, homework, or textbooks for academic gain.

e. Placing another person’s work on the Internet without his or her permission for academic gain.

2. The use of any electronic means to assist another without authorization is strictly prohibited.

3. Copyright infringements shall be considered violations of the academic integrity policy. More information on copyright issues and copyright law can be found at: Copyright

III. Faculty and Student Responsibilities for Upholding the Academic Integrity Policy

A. Faculty

1. Faculty are responsible for creating an educational environment where academic integrity is defined and understood, perhaps by referencing the University’s policy on academic integrity in their course syllabi and explaining, modeling and reinforcing expectations for academic integrity and the consequences for violations.

2. Departments and/or instructors may choose to implement standards more stringent than those contained in this policy, provided they are clearly communicated to students.

B. Students

1. Students are responsible for the completion of their own academic work and for encouraging their peers to act with integrity in all academic matters by:

a. Acting with honesty and integrity in all academic matters.

b. Learning the principles of ethical conduct, and being familiar with and abiding by the definitions contained in the policy on academic integrity and any other policies established by their instructors, departments, and Colleges.

c. Informing the instructor or the Dean of Students if they become aware that any form of academic dishonesty has occurred.

d. Clarifying with the instructor/supervisor what their expectations are regarding proper conduct in the completion of assignments (e.g., collaboration, citations).

2. Individual students may report a violation of academic integrity to the Dean of Students, who will forward the report to the appropriate academic department for investigation.