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Writing a Paper for Your Anthropology Class: Understanding Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Code of Academic Integrity

Since the University is an academic community, its fundamental purpose is the pursuit of knowledge. Essential to the success of this educational mission is a commitment to the principles of academic integrity. Every member of the University community is responsible for upholding the highest standards of honesty at all times. Students, as members of the community, are also responsible for adhering to the principles and spirit of the following Code of Academic Integrity.

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Avoiding plagiarism can be hard when you're not really sure what exactly constitutes as plagiarizing. Start by looking at these FAQs below and use the Creating Citations section of the guide to assist you in adhering to The University of Pennsylvania's Academic Code of Conduct.

(“Code of Academic Integrity.” Code of Academic Integrity < University of Pennsylvania, catalog.upenn.edu/pennbook/code-of-academic-integrity/)

What is considered Cheating?

Using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, material, or study aids in examinations or other academic work or preventing, or attempting to prevent, another from using authorized assistance, material, or study aids.

Example: using a cheat sheet in a quiz or exam, altering a graded exam and resubmitting it for a better grade, etc.
 
(Source: Almanac, September 10, 1996, Volume 43, No. 3)

What is considered academic dishonesty?

Knowingly helping or attempting to help another violate any provision of the Code.

Example: working together on a take-home exam 

(Source: Almanac, September 10, 1996, Volume 43, No. 3)

What is considered Plagiarizing?

Using the ideas, data, or language of another without specific or proper acknowledgment.

Example: copying another person's paper, article, or computer work and submitting it for an assignment, cloning someone else's ideas without attribution, failing to use quotation marks where appropriate, etc.
 
(Source: Almanac, September 10, 1996, Volume 43, No. 3)

What is considered Fabricating Information?

Submitting contrived or altered information in any academic exercise.

Example: making up data for an experiment, fudging data, citing nonexistent articles, contriving sources, etc.

(Source: Almanac, September 10, 1996, Volume 43, No. 3)

Can I submit multiple submissions of my work?

Submitting, without prior permission, any work in which you've already submitted in a different class is not allowed.

(Source: Almanac, September 10, 1996, Volume 43, No. 3)

What is considered misrepresentation of academic records?

Misrepresenting or tampering with or attempting to tamper with any portion of a student's transcripts or academic record, either before or after coming to the University of Pennsylvania.

Example: forging a change of grade slip, tampering with computer records, falsifying academic information on one's resume, etc.

(Source: Almanac, September 10, 1996, Volume 43, No. 3)

What is an unfair advantage?

Attempting to gain unauthorized advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise.

Example: gaining or providing unauthorized access to examination materials, obstructing or interfering with another student's efforts in an academic exercise, lying about a need for an extension for an exam or paper, continuing to write even when time is up during an exam, destroying or keeping library materials for one's own use, etc.

(Source: Almanac, September 10, 1996, Volume 43, No. 3)

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