Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Academic integrity is defined as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. As long as you know right from wrong and obey those rules, dishonesty will not even be an issue. In fact, research recently reported in the book, Psychology of Academic Cheating, details the 67 percent of high school students who had no cheating experience at the high school level did not cheat then at the university level. If you choose not to start cheating, in the long run you won't rely on it or even think of it as an option. According to Joe Bunker, "Again, you are responsible for knowing the specific academic honesty policies for your course, program and college. Integrity is what we do, what we say and what we say we do. Academic integrity – it matters. As a student at Arizona State it is our responsibility to research and learn in this course the rules and policies the university enforces. Also Leslie Shell states, "Make sure you know all of the policies and expectations of the instructor teaching the class and of the department offering the course." Each course and professor has different views on academic integrity. For instance one professor may think its honest to reuse one of your own papers, while another may consider that dishonest. The best thing to do is just ask; it never hurts. Academic integrity is a huge topic that can easily be obeyed if you just know the policies and respect them and our university.