What Is Academic Integrity?
All members of the RIT community including students, faculty, and staff are expected to maintain a standard of both “personal and professional integrity.” Having academic integrity is about creating and engaging with scholarship in an honest and responsible manner regardless of workload or level of stress. Someone who has academic integrity does not plagiarize or cheat, but rather contributes positively to the body of scholarly knowledge.
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Five Essentials of Academic Integrity
You Are Your Work
Your work represents your knowledge of subject matter and you should not allow others to copy for tests or projects. Your work demonstrates your mastery of a subject and therefore you should never be tempted to use another’s work for your own.
Demonstrate Professional Values
Understand and apply the values of your field. Know the expectations for professional literature and demonstrate appropriate research techniques. Be a positive contribution to the larger body of knowledge in your discipline.
Acknowledge Your Sources
Incorporating the words and ideas of others is a crucial component of the research process, but be sure to give credit where credit is due. Properly cite your sources and use direct quotes when appropriate.
Develop Strong Writing Skills
Practice summarizing and paraphrasing information you gather from outside sources. Use direct quotes appropriately, and always provide a reference for any information not considered common knowledge.
Develop Robust Research Skills
Learn to thoroughly research the topics you study in your courses. Seek out reliable and credible background information, weigh evidence carefully and rationally, and organize your work so that you can keep track of what you read and where you read it.