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Academic Integrity Policy

All students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is a basis for disciplinary action and will not be tolerated in any guise. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

(1) plagiarism: using another’s words, ideas, or paraphrases without giving credit to the source[s] and implying they are your own;

(2) cheating: examples include using hidden notes or examining another person’s responses to answer questions on a quiz/test/exam; (

3) ringers: having another person fulfill your assignment (e.g. homework, exercises, laboratory, quiz, paper, or test).

The university takes matters of academic dishonesty very seriously. The CUNY Academic Integrity Policy provides detailed descriptions of types of academic dishonesty and outlines processes for those that violate the policy. The policy can be accessed at:

The faculty member in whose course or under whose tutelage an act of academic dishonesty occurs has the option of failing the student for the academic hours in question if the student accepts the penalty. If the student does not accept the penalty, the faculty member should document the incident with a Professionalism Documentation Form. Penalties for academic dishonesty may include suspension or dismissal.

Students should be aware that the process of looking for plagiarism is an automatic one done through a program such as SafeAssign, which checks all submitted materials against a very large source material database. To help understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, students are encouraged to read a guide provided by CCNY.