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Plagiarism/Academic Integrity: Introduction

Purpose of this guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources related to academic integrity and plagiarism as it relates to the Sullivan University community.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity

The Center for Academic Integrity "defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility."

Sullivan University addresses several aspects of academic integrity, including cheating, plagiarism, proper computer usage, harassment, and student responsibilities, starting on page 99 of the 2014 Sullivan Universirty Catalog.

The majority of colleges and universities have honor codes and policies. Academic integrity not only affects students, faculty and staff should also follow the values of academic integrity by showing respect and fairness to students. There is a grievance and/or appeals process in place for students as needed. Other student rights are listed within the Student Handbook.


Plagiarism is a serious academic integrity breach and is strictly prohibited at Sullivan University. It includes:

  • Taking and passing off the ideas of another as one's own.
  • Failing to cite an author whose ideas have been incorporated in a paper.
  • Cutting and pasting text from different web sites or databases directly into in paper without giving proper credit.
  • Presenting an idea from an existing source as a new and original idea. This can consist of:
    • using a friend's paper from another class.
    • using an original paper of your own that you have used for another class (without explicit permission from your current instructor).
    • using papers bought or retrieved from the web.

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