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Honor Violations

The following acts of academic dishonesty are considered violations of the USCB Honor Code and subject the student to disciplinary action:

Lying

Lying includes the deliberate misrepresentation of any situation or fact, in part or whole, for the purpose of avoiding or postponing the completion of any assignment, duty, test or examination in the course, internship or program.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s words, ideas or data as one’s own work. All work for credit that includes the words, ideas or data of others must acknowledge the source of that information through complete, accurate and specific footnote references and, if verbatim statements are included, quotation marks. By placing his or her name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments. A student will avoid charges of plagiarism if there is an acknowledgment of indebtedness:

  • Whenever one quotes another person’s actual words
  • Whenever one uses another person’s idea, opinion or theory, even if this is completely paraphrased in one’s own words and
  • Whenever one borrows facts, statistics or other illustrative materials, unless the information is common knowledge

A person has committed plagiarism when he or she:

  • Submits another person’s work in lieu of his or her own work
  • Submits the work, sentences, ideas, conclusion and/or examples from a source (a book, an article, another student’s paper, etc.) without acknowledging the source or
  • Knowingly aids another student in plagiarizing an assignment or allows another student or students to complete all or part of his or her course work and/or examination.

Plagiarism, even a first offence, may result in a failing grade for the course in addition to any sanctions assigned by the Honor Court.

For more information on plagiarism, please visit the USCB Library website at library.uscb.edu/plagiarism.htm

Bribery

Bribery involves the offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of anything of value in order to obtain a grade or consideration a student would not expect to achieve from his or her own academic performance.

Cheating

Any conduct during a program, course, quiz, examination or any other assignment which involves the unauthorized giving, receiving, offering or soliciting of information. Cheating includes, but is not restricted to, the following:

  • The submission of another person’s work in lieu of one’s own work
  • Unauthorized use of laboratory reports, term papers, thesis or other written materials, in whole or in part
  • he buying, selling, theft, obtaining, using or giving of any examination or quiz prior to its administration
  • Unauthorized use of any electronic or mechanical device during any assignment or examination
  • Use of prepared materials, notes, or texts other than those specified and permitted by the instructor during an examination or quiz
  • Unauthorized collaboration on any test, assignment or project.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is the violation of University policies by tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of an un-administered test.