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Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and/or academic misconduct will not be tolerated in Women's and Gender Studies or in any Athabasca University courses. According to Athabasca University's Academic Misconduct Policy:

“Intellectual honesty is accepted as the cornerstone of the development and acquisition of knowledge. Since knowledge is cumulative, further advances are predicated on the contributions of others. In the normal course of scholarship, these contributions are apprehended, critically evaluated, and utilized as a foundation for further inquiry.

Intellectual honesty demands that the contribution of others be acknowledged. To do less is to cheat. To claim contributions and ideas of another as one's own is to deprive oneself the opportunity and challenge to learn and to participate in the scholarly process of acquisition and development of knowledge. Therefore, the University insists on intellectual honesty in scholarship. The control of intellectual dishonesty begins with the individual's recognition of the standards of honesty expected and then the compliance with those expectations.”

This same policy further states:

“Plagiarism involves submitting or presenting work in a course as if that work were the students own, when, in fact, it was not. Often plagiarism exists when:

  1. the work submitted was done in whole or in part, by an individual other than the person submitting the work;
  2. parts of a work are taken from another source without reference to the original author; and/or
  3. the whole work (e.g., essay) is copied from another source.”

The onus is on the student to understand what constitutes academic misconduct. Students must ensure their work exhibits the highest standards of academic integrity. For more information on plagiarism, academic misconduct, and the penalties resulting from it, please review the entire Athabasca University policy.

If you have any doubts at all about the academic integrity of your work, talk to your instructor or tutor before submitting your essay or assignment for evaluation.

Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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