Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful.

Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Use of materials from another author without citation or attribution.
  • Use of verbatim materials from another author without citation or attribution.
  • Extensive use of materials from past assignments without permission of your instructor.
  • Extensive use of materials from assignments in other classes without permission of your instructor.
  • Fabricating information in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
  • Fabricating sources in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
  • Fabricating quotes in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
  • Lack of full disclosure or permission from editors when controversial reportorial techniques, such as going undercover to get news, are used.

When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting or collaboration, consult with your instructor. For closed-book exams and exercises, academic misconduct includes conferring with other class members, copying or reading someone else’s test and using notes and materials without prior permission of the instructor. For open-book exams and exercises, academic misconduct includes copying or reading someone else’s work.

The websites of the MU Graduate School and the MU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities have additional information about academic honesty and professional ethics.