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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

A degree from Samford University is evidence of achievement in scholarship and citizenship. Activities and attitudes should be consistent with high academic standards and Christian commitment and should be in keeping with the philosophy and mission of the University. At Samford, academic integrity is expected of every community member in all endeavors and includes a commitment to honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, and respect.

The University Statement on Academic Dishonesty is as follows: students, upon enrollment, enter into a voluntary association with Samford University. They must be willing to observe high standards of intellectual integrity, respect knowledge, and practice academic honesty. Those who cheat on an examination or class assignment are not only academically dishonest, but also are deficient in the scholarly maturity necessary for college study. Those who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to severe punishment. The more dependent, the more inevitable becomes ultimate failure, often accompanied by public disgrace. Any act to obtain an unfair academic advantage is considered dishonest.

Academic integrity violations are acts of academic misconduct. The term academic integrity violation includes, but is not limited to, the following acts:

(1) Offering for course credit as one's own work, in whole or in part, the work of another.

(2) Plagiarism, that is, incorporating into one's work offered for course credit passages taken either word for word or in substance from a work of another, unless the student credits the original author and identifies the original author's work with quotation marks, footnotes, or another appropriate written explanation.

(3) Offering for course credit one's own work, but work that one has previously offered for course credit in another course, unless one secures permission to do so prior to submission from the instructor in whose course the work is being offered.

(4) Obtaining an unauthorized copy of a test or assignment in advance of its scheduled administration.

(5) Taking an examination for another student or knowingly permitting another person to take an examination for oneself.

(6) Giving, receiving, or obtaining information pertaining to an examination during an examination period, unless such action is authorized by the instructor giving the examination.

(7) Divulging the contents of an essay or objective examination to a student who has not taken the exam.

(8) Taking, keeping, misplacing, or tampering with the property of Samford University, a faculty member, or another student, if one knows or should reasonably know that one would, by such conduct, obtain an unfair academic advantage. This section is intended to include, but not be limited to, material in a university library.

(9) Failing to follow the instructions of a professor in completing an assignment or examination, if one knows or should reasonably know that one would, by such conduct, obtain an unfair academic advantage.

(10) Witnessing conduct which one knows or should reasonably know is dishonorable and failing to report it.

(11) Altering or falsifying academic or student record documents such as transcripts, change of grade forms, University excuses, and add/drop forms.

(12) Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on an examination, assignment, project, or other academic assignment.

(13) Making a false report of academic dishonesty.

(14) Fabrication, falsification, or misrepresentation of data, results, analyses, or other studies, presenting the results of research or studies not actually performed, or manipulating or altering data to achieve a desired result, including the failure to report or suppression of conflicting or unwanted data.

Please go to the Student Records website to view more information about the procedures and possible sanctions involved with a violation of academic integrity.