"Don't Do This!" - Quiz on Academic Integrity

Answer Sheet

So that you don't cheat yourself out of the best possible education at USC, you need to learn what constitutes academic dishonesty. Take the following quiz to test your present knowledge.

Question 1:

You realize that another student is looking at your test paper...

Answer:

Yes. Even though you and the other student didn't work together, once you became aware that the other student was looking at your paper, it was your responsibility to take steps to make it difficult for him to cheat.

Recommended Sanction:

F for course for both students

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Question 2:

The final exam in your class is a take-home test...

Answer:

Yes, it is called collusion. Studying together before the test would have been all right, but once you had the test and knew the questions, the professor expected you to do all the thinking about the answers by yourself.

Recommended Sanction:

F for course

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Question 3:

You spent hours writing an excellent research paper...is it wise to turn in the same paper?

Answer:

No, not without the permission of both professors. Our rules prohibit using the same essay, term paper or project in more than one course without permission of the instructors. Remember it is always scholastic dishonesty if your acti on allows you to obtain an unfair academic advantage. For example, you would have the assistance from your previous professor's comments and instructions and also save all the time that your classmates are using to write the paper. In addition, your pr ofessor assumes that you are writing an original paper for this class.

Recommended Sanction:

F for course

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Question 4:

You have been ill and have gotten behind in your classes...you have a doctor's excuse from a previous illness...

Answer:

Not a good idea. Documentary falsification is dishonesty, whether or not the falsification supports "the truth". Faculty have a tendency to check on medical excuses, so apart from undermining your own integrity you stand a good chan ce of being caught. Students often neglect the obvious in this kind of case: talk to your professor. He or she may be able to offer suggestions or alternatives for relieving your situation.

Recommended Sanction:

F for the course

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Question 5:

As the professor hands back the results of the first test...you noticed that you inadvertently left out one sentence which changed the meaning of your answer...

Answer:

Yes. Unfortunately, the professor cannot grade your good intentions. Tests submitted for regrading may not be altered in any way. By the way, professors are encouraged to photocopy exams before returning them to the student and the refore can clearly track any new markings on exams submitted for regrading.

Recommended Sanction:

F for course and recommendation for further disciplinary action (possible suspension)

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Question 6:

You have been working on a major class project when you find solution related material on a university computer network...

Answer:

Instructors expect individual, original work in response to assignments. Copying from previous semester's assignments, solutions manuals or other sources defeats the educational purpose of the assignment. It is unacceptable for stud ents to obtain solutions, copy assignments or collaborate with others without the knowledge and premission of the instructor.

Recommended Sanction:

F for the course.

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Question 7:

It is late at night and your paper is due at 9:00 a.m. the next day...you didn't quote anything and, therefore, you didn't include any footnotes...

Answer:

This is plagiarism. Submitting someone else's work for credit as if it were your own is plagiarism. If you are unsure about when to use quotations and footnotes, be sure to talk to your professor before submitting the paper.

Recommended Sanction:

F for course

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Question 8:

You have had a tough semester and are having trouble focusing on a term paper you must write...You have acquired "research material" that will get you started with information and organization...

Answer:

Don't! Faculty have an uncanny ability to spot papers that were not written for their classes or which are not your work, and the consequences to you are severe. In fact, don't acquire (borrow, download or purchase) a paper for "res earch purposes". You almost certainly can come up with better material yourself, and you avoid the temptation of doing the wrong thing at the last minute. Researching term papers is an integral part of your university education -- don't short-change you rself.

Recommended Sanction:

F for the course, suspension from the university

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Question 9:

... because you are unprepared you are thinking of taking a few crib-notes in the back of your bluebook....

Answer:

This is never a good idea. First, you cheat yourself out of important knowledge you will need later. If the course is graded competitively, you cheat others as well. And if you are caught (notes in a bluebook is a well-known form o f cheating) you may defeat your purpose.

Recommended Sanction:

F for the course

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This may be your first quiz at USC, and may be the only one you have absolute control over passing -- by avoiding behavior that is academically dishonest. As you can see, what comprises academic dishonesty is not always obvious. If you are in doubt, ask your professor. The Office for Student Conduct, Fig. 107, (213) 740-6666, has a complete list of student's rights during academic integrity reviews; the official policies of the University are in the SCampus. Remember, you can be the best...honestly !