What does academic integrity mean?

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Academic integrity means doing your own work in an academic setting.  It means following the rules that govern when and how you can use other people’s work and ideas in your own work.

Academic integrity means avoiding plagiarism.  It means making sure that you give credit to any other person whose work you use rather than claiming that work as your own.  Academic integrity means refraining from cheating or otherwise violating the rules that have been set down for any particular assignment.  For example, it means refraining from using notes on a test where you are not allowed to do so.

In general, academic integrity means not trying to take short cuts and, instead, trying your best to learn and to produce academic work that is truly your own.

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