In my understanding academic honesty is trust in a relationship between professors, teachers, students etc. It means to be honest with your fellow classmates, teacher, and pupils in the process of education. To be academically honest means not to cheat, fabricate, or copy someone else’s thoughts and ideas as if they were your own. Today academic honesty is a very important issue as it is the base of many universities’ educational programs.
As the regents of the University of California mentioned academic dishonesty “stunts the development of important skills such as reading, writing, research, analysis, synthesis, and comprehension” (The Regents of the University of California, 2006). In other words, being dishonest in education won’t help people develop their knowledge, but to the contrary, it’ll make them less capable of using and handling these important skills. Cheating, plagiarisms, fabrication, providing false information are some of the many examples of academic dishonesty that the UC Davis names on their web page about Integrity.
A common mistake often made by many students is plagiarism. Plagiarism is often observed in students’ works, which is considered to be very academically dishonest. But this is usually a matter of students’ unawareness. Nowadays, fewer people are familiar with the terms and conditions of academic honesty which is very disappointing.
It is important to understand that academic honesty is essential in education. It helps people progress in their path of knowledge as honesty is the main key to success. Every single person has his own point of view, his own unique perspective. It is almost impossible for people to have exactly the same thoughts and ideas. So using someone else’s ideas without giving credit to the original author is first of all very disrespectful and second of all unfair towards the author.
It is also disrespectful towards the educational facility that the person is studying in. The school or university relies on their students to raise their status in the education sphere. Being academically dishonest would mean letting down your educational center, your teachers and most importantly yourself. In conclusion, I find that academic honesty is not merely a rule that must be followed during the process of education, but a principle that people should follow throughout their life. I think that having your own position in life will take you further than trying to live somebody else’s way. References:
1. The Regents of the University of California. “Why Academic Integrity Matters”. UC Davis, Mar.10.2006. Web.Mar.5.2013. URL:< http://sja.ucdavis.edu/files/Whyinteg.pdf>
2. UC Davis, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Judicial Affairs. “INTEGRITY an essential piece of the puzzle”. UC Davis, Sep.2006. Web. Mar.5.2013. URL:< http://sja.ucdavis.edu/files/integritypuz.pdf>
3. UC Davis, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Judicial Affairs. “Collaboration: When You Can and When You Can’t Work with Others”. UC Davis, Sep.2006. Web. Mar.5.2013. URL: < http://sja.ucdavis.edu/files/collab.pdf>
4. UC Davis, Div. of Student Affairs, Office of Student Judicial Affair. “Avoiding PLAGIARISM. Mastering the Art of Scholarship”. UC Davis, Sep.2006. Web. Mar.5.2013. URL: < http://sja.ucdavis.edu/files/plagiarism.pdf>
What is academic integrity and why is it important?
What is academic integrity?
Having integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. It means upholding the academic honesty policies set forth by the University and the Bauer College.
It means doing your own work even if your friend offers you help on a take-home exam. It means writing your own papers and properly citing your resources. It means taking an online quiz without the help from your textbooks or friends, if the quiz is supposed to be taken that way. Also, it could mean reporting someone you suspect has cheated on an exam or other assignment.
Having integrity means believing in the principles and standards of our community and making sure your behavior is consistent with those principles and standards.
Why is academic integrity important?
Having academic integrity is important for several reasons. First, having academic integrity means that others can trust you. The people with whom you deal know that they can rely on you to act honestly and to do what you say you will do. When people know that you believe in doing the right thing, and that your behavior is consistent with that belief, they trust you.
Additionally, trust is one of the key characteristics of a successful leader. These individuals develop good reputations by being honest, fair, and trustworthy, for example. Individuals who are successful in business understand the benefits of acting with integrity.
Our world (including the business community) is based on our ability to trust each other. Therefore, developing good ethical habits now, while you are in college, will help you as you enter the workplace and face ethical issues (which most certainly will happen).
Second, having academic integrity is important because it provides value to your degree. Employers prefer to hire graduates whom they believe to have high personal integrity. They would rather invest in developing the human capital of someone who will be a positive influence on the organization and on someone whom they can trust to carry out the company’s mission.
Finally, having academic integrity is important because it can offer you peace of mind knowing that you believe in doing the right thing, and always try to act consistently with those beliefs. Acting with integrity can reduce a lot of unnecessary stress in your life, making you happier, healthier, and more productive.
Note: Students who commit academic honesty violations are prohibited from being employed at Bauer and from admission into certain special academic programs.
Academic honesty policies
The University’s academic honesty policies can be found at: http://www.uh.edu/provost/student-success/stu_syllabsuppl/
Bauer Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct: http://www.bauer.uh.edu/business-ethics/bauer-code-of-ethics.php
All students may be asked to sign an Honor Pledge before taking exams or submitting assignments or other graded work.
Bauer Ethics Advocates
The Bauer Ethics Advocates are students and faculty members appointed by the Dean of the Bauer College to promote an ethical culture within the college. Ethics Advocates are charged with the following responsibilities:
- Assisting in Bauer Code revisions and approval processes;
- Facilitating distribution of the Bauer Code to all segments of the Bauer College communities;
- Assisting in the development and distribution of Bauer business ethics programs and informational materials; and
- Representing the Bauer College at business ethics functions sponsored by the Bauer College.
For information on becoming an Ethics Advocate, contact the Dean’s Office.
Navigating the policies
How to avoid academic honesty violations
Unfortunately, “accidentally” violating the academic honesty policies can result in the same consequences as “intentionally” violating the academic honesty policies.
Here are some ways to avoid accidental violations:
- Understand what constitutes cheating and plagiarism. Read the posted Academic Honesty policies, as well as your course syllabus and/or assignment instructions carefully. When in doubt, ask your instructor if the action is appropriate.
- Give yourself enough time to research and write your papers, and to study for exams. When you wait until the last minute to write your papers or study for an exam, you are under more stress and more tempted to violate the academic honesty policies.
- Associate yourself with students you believe to be highly ethical. It helps to have a network of students who encourage honest behavior!
- Here is are some everyday rules you can use to help you make the best decisions in your academic career (and professional life):
- Is this against any laws, rules, or organizational policies?
- What would the world be like if everyone did it?
- Would I be embarrassed if my parents or grandparents, the university, or employer found out?
- How would I feel if someone did the same thing to me?
- What kind of person do I want to be, and does this behavior represent that type of person? In other words, if I want to be known as an honest person, does this action represent honesty?
- Does this action benefit or harm more people?
UH student contact for academic honesty violations/questions
Dean of Students
Kamran Riaz, Associate Dean of Students
Role: Academic honesty policy coordination