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Academic Integrity: Unit 2. Avoid Academic Dishonesty

Avoiding Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarism, ensure that you cite all sources that are not common facts as well as ideas that are not originally your own. There are several citation style guides. Your professor may request that you use one such as MLA, APA or Chicago. A go-to source for citations is the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Choose the style guide assigned by your professor.

Avoiding Cheating

We are all under pressure to complete quality work and demonstrate our knowledge of subject material in exam format within a specific time period. However, the Iona College Student Handbook outlines the consequences for academic dishonesty. Professors are required to state their policy with regard to academic dishonesty on their syllabus with the penalty to be imposed. These penalties can include failure for an assignment, or a course. If a student fails a course, there is a record submitted to the Academic Dean. It is simply not worth the risk.

Consequences for Cheating

Some students could be tempted to cheat if they did not organize their time efficiently. Not only is cheating unethical and dishonest, it has consequences at Iona College.

Cartoon of a squirrel who allows a mouse to see his exam answers. They are both caught cheating and cannot withdraw from the class.

Cheating, like Plagiarism, has serious consequences at Iona. Cheating could result in a failing grade and the inability to withdraw from the course as well as sanctions from official warnings up to academic dismissal. It is simply not worth the risk. See the full list of potential consequences in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.