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LIBR-105-05 - Resources for Research: Spring Express II 2020: Cheating is very BAD

Hey! Just Don't Cheat....Seriously

Hey!  Just Don't Cheat....Seriously


It should go without saying, but lying, cheating, attempted cheating, and plagiarism are violations of our Honor Code that, when identified, are investigated. Anyone caught violating the College of Charleston Honor Code will receive an F on the assignment and have to go before the Honor Board. It is not worth it. Here is the official language:

Cases of suspected academic dishonesty will be reported directly by the instructor and/or others having knowledge of the incident to the Dean of Students. A student found responsible by the Honor Board for academic dishonesty will receive a XF in the course, indicating failure of the course due to academic dishonesty. This grade will appear on the student’s transcripts for two years after which the student may petition for the X to be expunged. The F is permanent. The student may also be placed on disciplinary probation, suspended (temporary removal) or expelled (permanent removal) from the College by the Honor Board.

Cheating includes using someone else's words as your own. If you do not know what plagiarism is, see this LibGuide for explanations. You've now been told, so you cannot plead ignorance. An extension of this principle is group assignments. It is cheating to claim the work of others as your own. That means that when you have a group assignment, your name only goes on the assignment when you actually make an equitable contribution ("equitable" does not mean "exactly the same," but it does mean that each member of the group has contributed in balance with everyone else in the group). I will ask each member of the group to assess everyone's contribution to the assignment and adjust your grades accordingly. Here is the official


Students should be aware that unauthorized collaboration--working together without permission-- is a form of cheating. Unless the instructor specifies that students can work together on an assignment, quiz and/or test, no collaboration during the completion of the assignment is permitted. Other forms of cheating include possessing or using an unauthorized study aid (which could include accessing information via a cell phone or computer), copying and/or papers written for other classes cannot be used in whole or in part for any assignment in this class without obtaining prior permission from the instructor.

Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in
the Student Handbook.