Certification Regarding Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

This Certification is required of all Justice Management students, effective August, 2009.  Its purpose is to advise students of policies and definitions concerning plagiarism and academic dishonesty.  It is intended as a preventative measure.  It advises students of actions that are considered plagiarism and academic dishonesty and alerts students to the seriousness of such actions and the grave consequences that can follow, including dismissal from the program.

Please scroll down, read EACH statement and example below and indicate that you have read each item by clicking the “I certify that I have read the statements above” box following each item.  At the end, you will be asked to certify that you have read all of the items, and that you agree that if you do not understand any portion, you are responsible for contacting the Justice Management program administrators for clarification.

 

The completed certification will provide a record that the student has read the following statements and examples.

  1. Academic dishonesty is defined as: cheating, plagiarism, or otherwise obtaining grades under false pretenses.
    This excerpt can be found under “Student Conduct Information” at:  http://www.unr.edu/student-conduct/policies/university-policies-and-guidelines/academic-standards/policy
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  2. Academic dishonesty is against university as well as the system community standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    Plagiarism: defined as submitting the language, ideas, thoughts, or work of another as one's own; or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing one's work to be used in this fashion.
    Cheating: defined as (1) obtaining or providing unauthorized information during an examination through verbal, visual or unauthorized use of books, notes, text and other materials; (2) obtaining or providing information concerning all or part of an examination prior to that examination; (3) taking an examination for another student, or arranging for another person to take an exam in one's place; (4) altering or changing test answers after submittal for grading, grades after grades have been awarded, or other academic records once these are official.
    This excerpt can be found in the UNR online catalog at:  http://www.cis.unr.edu/ecatalog/Default.aspx?article_list_id=15868
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

    The following examples are included to further clarify plagiarism, cheating, and other conduct leading to disciplinary action:

  3. If I use any language or information from a person, book, article, other document, or the Internet or other electronic source, and include it in an exam or assignment submitted as my work, I must clearly indicate that language or information (by quotation marks or by explanation) as that of another and I must include a citation identifying the writer’s name and identifying the source of such language or information.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  4. If I use anything not written by myself, and include it in an exam or assignment submitted as my work, without clearly identifying such material and citing the source, that is considered plagiarism and I can be disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  5. Copying language or information from the Internet or other electronic source and including it in an exam or assignment submitted as my work (without quotation marks and without citing the author and source) is considered plagiarism and I can be disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  6. If I find language or information on the Internet and there is no author, writer, or source identified with that language or information, such that I cannot cite the author and source, then I should not use such language or information because it is not from a reputable source; and if I use such language or information and include it in an exam or assignment submitted as my work, I can be charged with plagiarism and disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  7. Copying language or information from another person and including it in my exam or assignment (without quotation marks and without citing the author and source) is considered plagiarism and I can be disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”
  8. Copying language or information from any written material and including it in my exam or assignment (without quotation marks and without citing the author and source) is considered plagiarism and I can be disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”
  9. Summarizing or paraphrasing language or information into my own words (without citing the author and source) and including that in an exam or assignment submitted as my work is considered plagiarism and I can be disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”
  10. If I obtain, or attempt to obtain, any portions or answers to quizzes, tests, or exams, or any essays or papers written as assignments for any academic course, from any student or other person, I can be charged with academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism and I can be disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”
  11. If I share, or attempt to share, any portions or answers to quizzes, tests, or exams, or any essays or papers written as assignments for any academic course with any student or other person, I can be charged with academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism and I can be disciplined for such action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”
  12. Carelessness or lack of intention is not an excuse for improper conduct.  Actions constituting plagiarism or cheating, even if accidental or inadvertent, are subject to disciplinary action.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  13. There are issues of “self-plagiarism” or “double-dipping” when a student submits the same work for more than one assignment (in one course or in different courses, and even at different institutions).  Students should produce original work for each assignment and not include work that was produced for another purpose, such as for another assignment, course, publication, or other purpose.  If a student wishes to submit an assignment containing all or a portion of work the student completed for another purpose, the student should obtain instructor approval before submitting such assignment.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  14. Incidents of plagiarism or cheating are serious academic infractions and discipline may include receiving a failing grade on the assignment, a failing grade for the entire course, and/or dismissal from the master’s program.
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”

  15. I am responsible for reading and abiding by the University of Nevada, Reno’s policies and procedures concerning academic standards and academic dishonesty, which include procedures for appealing charges, at: http://www.cis.unr.edu/ecatalog/Default.aspx?article_list_id=15868 and http://www.unr.edu/student-conduct/policies/university-policies-and-guidelines/academic-standards/policy
    “I certify that I have read the statements above”
 
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