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Caroline Korbel
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Academic integrity

Integrity in academic work is a central element of learning and is the basis of intellectual pursuits in any academic community. It is also your responsibility to abide by the Student Conduct Code and Student Academic Code of Conduct.

Academic Misconduct includes: 

  • Cheating 
  • Fabrication
  • Plagiarism
  • Facilitation of academic misconduct (helping others cheat)
  • Non-attendance

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Plagiarism is the uncredited use of someone else's words or ideas.

As a student, you can incorporate copyright-protected works by experts in your field of study into your assignments. 

When you use others' works, you must acknowledge the original author by citing your source. This applies to:

  • Words or ideas published online or in a printed work
  • Information you gather through an interview or conversation with another person
  • Diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials you reprint
  • Digital media, including images, audio, and video you reuse or repost
  • Course materials, including your instructors' lecture notes and presentation slides

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