Nease Academic Honesty Contract

It is an expectation in all of your courses in which you are enrolled that the work you submit be entirely your own.   No work that is the derivative of someone else’s efforts will be deemed acceptable and disciplinary action will be taken.  The following scenarios are presented as examples only and do not represent a complete picture of all possible situations.

Acceptable Not Acceptable
Debating or discussing interpretations of a text with other students, with both parties participating equally in the discussion and preparation. One person doing the reading and summarizing/analyzing the work for another.
Answering for clarification or direction on a homework assignment. Sharing homework answers, including copying, unless it is a collaborative assignment
Researching an author’s life or historical background of a novel in preparation for reading. Reading online summaries and critical notes in place of the text
Contributing to an online discussion of a text Copying or claiming another’s posting as your own
Referring to online dictionaries, reference sources, grammar help sites, and related readings during the writing process or accurately quoting respected sources, in the case of a research paper Copying in whole or in part another’s words and inserting them into your essay. Or, simply rearranging the sentences or words while keeping the structure and basis of the essay.  (Think of “color by numbers”:  would you call this original art?)
Formulating an original thesis for your essay based on your personal and independent reactions to/interpretations of the text. Finding a ready-made thesis (and support) from an online source.
Using a flashcard website to study for tests Finding test answers online
Including interesting and relevant (and properly cited) facts or statistics in your writing Making up statistics, quotes, or data* or manufacturing citations/sources for works in a research assignment