Dr. Smith’s Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policies

Academic integrity is expected of all CMU students and faculty. Academic integrity and academic dishonesty are both clearly defined in the university’s Academic Integrity Policy (AIP). Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to plagiarism, which the AIP defines with particular care (pp. 1–2). Beyond these useful but formal definitions, there are many resources on plagiarism, from the excellent Writing and Plagiarism guide maintained by University Libraries to a more general CMU plagiarism page (with links to further resources for students and faculty) to the research and writing guides commonly assigned in history courses (e.g., Rampolla, chapter 6, or the Pocket Style Manual, chapter 28). If questions or concerns persist, however, or if you have any doubts whatsoever, please contact your instructor. Plagiarism or other confirmed violations of the AIP in Dr. Smith’s courses may result in a grade of zero for particular assignments, a failing grade in the course, and/or a report to the Office of Student Conduct.

Students should also be aware that the AIP includes language about “complicity,” or assisting with another student’s dishonesty. This includes uploading your work to websites or otherwise making it available in other places where “one may have reason to believe [it] will be misrepresented to an instructor or other university official.” If two or more students in a course submit substantially similar assignments, responses, or answers, in contexts where each student is expected to submit their own original work (a category that includes by default all assignments, quizzes, and tests in Dr. Smith’s courses, unless otherwise indicated), the instructor will ordinarily assume that academic dishonesty has occurred in the case of each student involved and proceed accordingly. Exceptions to this rule will always be made explicit.