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Academic Integrity

School of Business students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty in their college work. Cheating, forgery, and plagiarism are serious offenses, and students that engage in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action. While we prefer to adhere to a code of honor in the School of Business, due to national trends in cheating, forgery, and plagiarism, we are instituting this policy within the school. Any student found cheating, committing forgery, or plagiarizing may suffer serious consequences ranging from failing a specific piece of work to failing the course. In some cases, a student may be expelled from the School of Business and the college.

Your business education includes learning ethics and values. We trust that you have the basic foundation upon which we can build. You will be judged by your character as well as by your knowledge and skills since the business world increasingly demands ethical behavior of its employees. Honesty remains an admirable quality.

Cheating is defined as giving or obtaining information by improper means in meeting any academic requirements or in other aspects of your professional conducts. The use for academic credit of the same work in more than one course without knowledge or consent of the instructor(s) is a form of cheating and is a serious violation of academic integrity.

Forgery is defined as the alteration of forms, documents, or records, or the signing of such forms or documents by someone other than the proper designee.

Plagiarism is the representation, intentional or unintentional, of another's words or ideas as one's own. When using another person's words in a paper, students must place them within quotation marks or clearly set them off in the text with appropriate citation. When students use another's ideas, they must clearly identify the source of the ideas. Plagiarism is a violation of the rights of the plagiarized author and of the implied assurance by the students that when they submit academic work it is their own work product. If students have any issues with respect to the definition of plagiarism, it is their responsibility to clarify the matter by conferring with the instructor.

Cases requiring disciplinary and/or grade appeal action will be adjudicated in accordance with Procedures for Resolving Academic Integrity Cases, a copy of which is available in the office of the Vice President for Students Affairs, the office of the Provost for Academic Affairs, and in the academic Deans' offices.

We, the members of the SUNY New Paltz School of Business community, are committed to practicing the highest standards of ethical behavior and demonstrating integrity in all we do. We practice these standards and expect them to be demonstrated by others not only in our business dealings, but in all our relationships. Ours is a culture of integrity. For us, ethical behavior means adhering to certain standards in both public and private.

Links to:

» Expectations & Responsibilities of Students*

» School of Business Policy Regarding Unethical or Dishonest Behavior

» Avoiding & Detecting Plagiarism, Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY New Paltz



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