Academic integrity and
plagiarism are two concepts that we are taught early in our education as a
child. As we progress through higher
education we tend to think less of these concepts as classes become more
demanding, life becomes more hectic, and our anxiety and stress level rise. The
solution to this problem is being aware of the concepts and understanding the
consequences of higher education.
to The Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) defines academic integrity as a
commitment, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and
responsibility (The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity, 2018). Academic integrity within a higher setting I
believe holds true to these five values as they form the groundwork for how we conduct ourselves. As students,
we have a working relationship with our professors in that what is said is
honest, and true. We are expected to
complete our own work for assignments according to the directions whether they
read, complete independently, or may use outside resources for quizzes. We hold an unwritten trust with our
professors that when we submit an assignment
it is work we completed and will be
graded with the same guidelines as other students in the class. Fairness for a student is the realization
that everyone is expected to complete the assignments, and there is not a
shortcut to reach the end goal. It is
accepting the idea that the effort put into a class will determine the success of the class.
As students, we need to accept
respect on two levels. We need to have respect for ourselves as the work we
produce is a reflection of our name. Respect also comes with our professors in that we acknowledge the value of their time
in reviewing our completed assignment.
We respect our professors providing them with quality work. Responsibility as students means not only
being aware of the task at hand but taking the initiative to seek guidance when needed.
and Resources for Best Practices
is defined by stealing and passing off as
one’s own, use of publication without citing, literary theft, and presenting
information as new and original. (What
is Plagiarism? 2017) Though definition
seems clear and straightforward, I feel many students struggle with plagiarism due
to their lack of knowledge with proper citing.
It is easy to use sources and documents as guides to strengthen an
assignment, however, the difficult part
becomes ensuring proper credit is given. I believe that academic integrity
plays a key role in preventing plagiarism as honesty, respect, and responsibility are used to check for
Today there are a number of
resources that can be used to prevent plagiarism. According to Best Practices for Avoiding Plagiarism, using websites like RefWorks, and taking proper notes
can help to ensure that the work created is your own (Hutchings, 2012). Students should watch
The Fundamental Values of
Academic Integrity.(1999, October). Retrieved January 28, 2018, from http://www.academicintegrity.org/icai/assets/FVProject.pdf
What is Plagiarism?(2017,May 18).
Retrieved January 28, 2018 from http://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-plagiarism
Hutchings, D. (2012, October 9),
Best Practices for Avoiding Plagiarism- Plagiarism Resources. Retrieved January
28, 2018, from http://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/plagres/best