Professor Gary Jason, PhD | Academic Honesty/Cheating Policies

Academic Honesty/Cheating Policies

My general policy on cheating can be summarized as follows:

  • Any student who cheats at any time in my class will be given an ”F” for the entire course, and I will turn the incident over to the Chairperson of the Department for whatever further action is required by the College or University.
  • Some amplifying remarks are in order. Cheating includes copying work from other students, either homework or exams, or allowing other students to copy from your homework or tests. This of course applies to the work of my past students. If you want to do homework together in study groups, let me know ahead of time, and each member should turn in the assignment separately, but note the group affiliation.
  • Cheating also includes using a cellphone or other electronic devices during the test.
  • Cheating includes moreover signing someone else’s name on a roll sheet, homework, or other class document. In such a case, both the signer and the other person fail the course.
  • Cheating additionally includes plagiarizing, that is, copying work from articles, essays or books you are consulting for a class essay without attributing in a footnote the source. Your footnotes should include the name of the author whose work you are quoting, the title of the work, the pages being quoted, and where it was published (journals: journal name, date, number, volume, and page numbers; books: date, publishing company and city). THIS APPLIES EQUALLY WELL TO ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE INTERNET OR COMPUTER ENCYCLOPEDIAS.
  • Cheating further includes “farming out,” that is, paying someone or some service to write your essays or other work for you, or to do your research for you, either someone you directly hire, or so-called “research sites” on the internet such as Grade Saver or The Evil House of Cheat.
  • You can learn more about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it by visiting the two websites listed below:
  • Issues of cheating are handled by JUDICIAL AFFAIRS:
    Titan Student Union 235
  • Students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible members of the campus community. The Judicial Affairs officer conducts educational workshops that promote and educate students about campus expectations for academic integrity, civility, and appropriate standards of conduct. This office is responsible for coordination of the established judicial procedures if there is an allegation that university standards have been violated.