What is academic honesty?

by | April 29, 2012

Podcast Description: Academic Honesty is one of Capella University’s highest values. Violations carry significant negative consequences. All Capella learners and all scholar practitioners’ work must reflect standards of academic integrity.

Transcript: The following presentation is a production of Capella University and is not intended for commercial use.

Welcome to another topic in a series of podcasts regarding aspects of the comprehensive exam and dissertation process.

Capella University considers academic honesty one of its highest values. Learners who pursue credit for work that is not a product of their own effort are undermining their academic integrity and the academic integrity of other learners, their field of study, and the University. Capella University holds a very clear Academic Honesty position. As stated in University Policy 3.01.01, learners are expected to be the sole authors of their work. Use of another’s ideas must be accompanied by proper citation and reference.

The Capella University Policy defines Academic Honesty as: “Academic Honesty provides protection for intellectual property by giving proper credit for the work of other scholars and practitioners. Capella considers any submission of work not created by the learner to be a violation of this policy. This includes but is not limited to submission of work in the name of another learner; intentional misuse of quantitative data; and failure to give proper credit of borrowed materials by use of citation in any submitted courseroom assignments, whether in the form of a formal research paper, courseroom posting, PowerPoint presentation, or any other method used to meet course requirements.”

“Plagiarism includes not only copying verbatim, but also rephrasing the ideas of another without properly acknowledging the source. Learners must take great care, whether in a draft or final version of a paper or project, to distinguish their own ideas and language from information acquired from outside sources. Sources include published primary and secondary materials, electronic media, and information and opinions gained through other people.”

Capella extends the concept of academic integrity to include issues of copyright and trademark violation.

Consult the APA Manual to identify how to properly cite sources.

Comprehensive examination writers are required to follow the expectations of any exam: You are not to ask for help, use Smarthinking tutoring services, share your paper with anyone, or ask someone to proofread and edit your paper. Your exam must reflect only your thinking, researching, and writing skills.

All doctoral learners must be especially aware of plagiarism and its consequences. Academic dishonesty charges can damage a person’s career potential, reputation, and educational pursuits and can follow someone for the rest of his or her life.

The University, like all educational institutions, takes academic honesty issues seriously. The disciplinary consequences of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, non-acceptance of work submitted, a failing grade, written warning suspension, and dismissal from the University.

Use SafeAssign or other source matching tools to double-check your work and to ensure that you do not inadvertently plagiarize. If you cannot remember the precise source while you are writing your comprehensive exam or dissertation, you may want to color that paragraph in a different font color so that you can remember to return to it and add the correct citation later.

Much of what is presented in this Podcast can be found on iGuide.

Remember, you bring unique circumstances to your doctoral journey. Follow-up with your doctoral advisor for clarification and additional information about the dissertation process.

This presentation has been brought to you by Capella University and may not be re-transmitted or used for any commercial purpose without the expressed written consent of Capella University.

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