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Academic Integrity & Avoiding Plagiarism

As a university student, you already know you shouldn't plagiarize and that doing so carries stiff penalties.

Learn more about how American University approaches plagiarism sanctions and penalties on AU's academic integrity code.

Academic integrity is more than just citing sources correctly. Here are some other examples that you might not know about:

Dishonesty in Papers
Dishonesty in papers covers but is not limited to submitting material obtained or purchased from another person or company. All papers and materials submitted for a course must be the student’s original work.

Work Done for One Course and Submitted to Another
This category of violation covers the presentation of the same work in more than one course at any time during a student’s academic career without prior consent from both instructors. When incorporating their own past research into current projects, students must cite their previous work. This requirement applies even when the work submitted had been originally for a project for another institution. When the previous instructor cannot be consulted, faculty may permit such a submission.

Fabrication of Data
Fabrication is the falsification, distortion, or invention of any information or citation in academic work. Examples include, but are not limited to, inventing a source, deliberately misquoting a source, or falsifying numbers or other data.

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To read AU’s full academic integrity code, click here.