Candidates with different academic and cultural backgrounds may have different perceptions of what constitutes acceptable academic behavior.
The following specific ethics should assist students in avoiding immoral practices when preparing a written assignment or thesis:
- A candidate’s paper (examination, essay, theme, etc) may not be prepared in whole or in part by someone else.
- Candidate should never attempt to present another person’s work, statements, ideas, etc as their own, whether they use an author’s actual words or paraphrase the author.
- Candidate may use the actual words of an author if they acknowledge that they are doing so. Quotations should usually be short and infrequent.
- Collaboration between candidates may be helpful and desirable. In these instances the instructor should clearly specify the nature and limits of collaboration in reports and other work. (S)He should be certain that the candidates understand what constitute unacceptable practice in their course.
Graduate candidates at the College of Engineering and Technology are expected to maintain generally accepted standards of academic honesty and professional integrity. Failure to do so will lead to dismissal from the College. Instructors who believe an unethical practice has occurred should take the following steps:
- The instructor will advise the student orally as soon as possible after the offense is noticed.
- If the instructor remains convinced that an offense has occurred, a written statement of the offense will be sent to the Dean.
- The candidate’s academic Dean should advise the student of the appealing procedures which are available.