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Academic Integrity

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 Citing Sources Guide. 

Avoiding Cheating

We are all under pressure to complete quality work and demonstrate our knowledge of subject material in exam format within a specific period. However, the Iona University Student Handbook outlines the consequences of academic dishonesty. Professors must state their policy regarding academic dishonesty on their syllabus with the penalty to be imposed. These penalties can include failure for an assignment or a course. 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 University.

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.