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Academic Integrity

Excerpts from the UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship [PDF].

Integrity of scholarship is essential for an academic community. The University expects that both faculty and students will honor this principle and in so doing protect the validity of University intellectual work. For students, this means that all academic work will be done by the individual to whom it is assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind. Instructors, for their part, will exercise care in planning and supervising academic work, so that honest effort will be upheld.

The following policies apply to academic coursework for both undergraduate and graduate students. A separate policy exists governing integrity of research. Medical students are governed by policies specified in the Handbook for School of Medicine Advisors and Students, as formulated by the School of Medicine Committee on Educational Policy.

Instructors' Responsibility

At the beginning of the term the instructor shall state in writing (e.g., in the syllabus, information sheets, or website) what graded assignments and exams will be required of students. If there are any course-specific rules required by the instructor for maintaining academic integrity, the instructor shall also inform students in writing what kinds of aid and collaboration, if any, are permitted on graded assignments and exams. The UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship states the general rules for student integrity.

Students' Responsibility

Students are expected to complete the course in compliance with the instructor's standards. No student shall engage in any activity that involves attempting to receive a grade by means other than honest effort; for example:

  • No student shall knowingly procure, provide, or accept any unauthorized material that contains questions or answers to any examination or assignment to be given at a subsequent time.
  • No student shall complete, in part or in total, any examination or assignment for another person.
  • No student shall knowingly allow any examination or assignment to be completed, in part or in total, for himself or herself by another person.
  • No student shall plagiarize or copy the work of another person and submit it as his or her own work.
  • No student shall employ aids excluded by the instructor in undertaking course work or in completing any exam or assignment.
  • No student shall alter graded class assignments or examinations and then resubmit them for regrading.
  • No student shall submit substantially the same material in more than one course without prior authorization.

A student acting in the capacity of an instructional assistant (IA), a category including but not limited to teaching assistants, readers, and tutors, has a special responsibility to safeguard integrity of scholarship. In this role the student functions as an apprentice instructor, under the tutelage of the responsible instructor. An IA shall equitably grade student work in the manner agreed upon with the course instructor. An IA shall not make any unauthorized material related to tests, exams, homework, etc., available to any student.

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