Technology gives cheaters lots of opportunities to be dishonest. On the Web, you can buy term
papers, look for old tests and answers, and even find someone to take tests for you. Be careful not to
exchange your values for a good grade in an online class. And don't believe the spin that everybody
does it. It is always just a few who cheat in online courses. And it shouldn't be you. Cheaters just
make it harder for everyone else in the class to succeed honestly.
UNH, like all schools and colleges, has a code of ethics that sets penalties for academic dishonesty.
You can find information on UNH policies and student responsibilities online at
http://www.unh.edu/student/rights/. Academic dishonesty may include, but is not limited to:
Plagiarism means using someone else's writing as your own, or presenting the ideas of others
without crediting them—for instance copying a term paper or parts of a term paper without providing a
footnote or other credit to the original author. UNH licenses a plagiarism prevention program called
SafeAssign that faculty can use to determine whether a student has quoted material without providing
a citation. Good rules of thumb to follow when completing course assignments:
- Limit any quotation to a phrase or a sentence or two; then provide a citation. Write the rest of
the paper yourself.
- Don’t use a distinctive idea or original thesis without attributing it correctly. Even if you do not
quote or copy word for word, single ideas or arguments must be attributed to their sources.
Develop an original argument to make your work original.
- Don’t use factual information, unless it is well known, without attributing it to a source. For
example, saying, "France does not use a death penalty as punishment," is not plagiarism,
since the information is commonly known. Saying, "In 1999, France prosecuted 78 people who
were accused of homicide," would be plagiarism if the source of that statistic were not cited.
- When in doubt, provide a citation.
Cheating on Tests:
Whether your tests are given in class or proctored at a remote location, you should, of course, not use
"cheat sheets" or "crib notes," or share answers with others. For "open book" and "take home"
exams, your instructor will give you the details of whether you can use any source other than the book
for the test. If he or she doesn't, always ask before assuming you can use a resource. Always better
to ask than to fail a test.
Your course may include an online exam administered through Blackboard. Be sure to follow your
instructors directions about using offline resources for these tests—class notes, Web sites, text books,
etc. If you are uncertain about what you can use, always ask. Instructors may use a variety of
techniques to minimize opportunities for cheating, including time limits on the test, randomizing
questions, or giving different tests to different groups of students. Be careful not to be caught by any
of these techniques. Your instructor has a right to assume that your work is entirely your own. If you
and your friend are both taking the same class, do yourselves a favor by taking the test at different
times, and don't cheat by talking about the test if such talk violates the rules of the course.
The group's work must come from the group, not from outsiders. However, most instructors carefully
draw a line between those assignments you can work on as a group and those, such as tests, you
must perform alone. You may be asked to report on a group activity, and such a report should
honestly reflect the work of all the group members.
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