Academic Integrity Explained

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What is Plagiarism?

The term “plagiarism” means using, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement, whether it was intentional or not. This includes any material copied directly or paraphrased from the internet. The unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials also constitutes plagiarism.

What is Self-Plagiarism?

It is dishonest to reuse work that you have already gotten points for, whether in the same course or in a different one. It is not honest to attempt to get twice the points for one piece of work. 


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What is Cheating?

The term “cheating” refers to using or attempting to use unauthorized technology, materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise (whether intentional or not) or taking any action designed to obtain unearned credit (points) in the class. When in doubt about what is authorized, students should consult their teachers.

What is Facilitating Academic Dishonesty?

Facilitating academic dishonesty means assisting or attempting to assist another person to commit an act that violates any provision of the Academic Integrity Policy or is considered an act of academic dishonesty. It does not matter whether or not you are taking or have taken course; it is still considered academic dishonesty on your part.

What is Fabrication or Other Misconduct in Research?

The term “fabrication” refers to unauthorized falsification or invention of any information (including research data) or any citation in any academic exercise. “Misconduct in research” refers to any violation of ethical guidelines for attributing credit and authorship in research endeavors, non-compliance with established research policies, or other violations of ethical research practice. Fabrication essentially means making up information and trying to pass it off as a piece of factual information or a real citation.

Research Misconduct Policy

Op4.01-7 Research Misconduct Policy

Missouri State University is committed to the ethical conduct of research. The administration, faculty, students, and staff of the University share in the responsibility for preserving the integrity of research. All members of the University community are responsible for promoting the highest ethical principles in each academic discipline. The following procedures conform to the Public Health Service Rule 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 93. While 42 CFR Part 93 applies to all individuals who may be involved with a project supported by, or who have submitted a grant application to, the Public Health Service (PHS), this Missouri State policy applies to all individuals engaged in University research whatever the funding source.

I. Definition of Research Misconduct

Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism, in proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results or words without giving appropriate credit.

Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion. (§ 93.103, 42 CFR Part 93).

Please check the Policy Library for more information regarding Research Misconduct