| Tips to Avoid Academic Dishonesty
These are just a few of the ways you can avoid academic dishonesty.
- Check each course syllabus for information regarding academic dishonesty. Faculty members may have additional information beyond the University's standards. If you cannot find a written section in the syllabus, ask the faculty member what his/her expectations are.
- Attend class - you won't feel as stressed (and like you need to cheat) if you attend class and regularly review the material.
- Do not look around while taking an exam - if you don't look around you reduce the risk of someone thinking that you were looking at their exam.
- Do not give your assignments (old or new) to other students - once you hand over your assignment you don't know if the person will use it as a guide or just turn your work in as their own. This includes emailing your work to others.
- Cite your sources appropriately - it is important that you give credit to whomever’s idea you are using.
- Protect your computer login identifications and passwords. Other students could use them to access your work and subsequently implicate you in a cheating case.
- Keep your student identification card in your possession or secured. Never loan your identification to anyone.
- Don’t sign someone in for class attendance or ask someone to sign you in – that violates the Honor Code!
- Talk with your instructor - ask questions about what your professor expects on assignments, exams and group work.
- Manage your time - plan study time so you avoid last minute cramming and the temptation to cheat. Don't procrastinate!
- Make use of your free University Resources like the Writing Center, the Student Success Center, ACE. They help hundreds of students every semester be academically successful!
- Refuse to assist students who cheat.
Source: Oregon State University, Academic Success Center; University of Delaware
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