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What is Academic Integrity?

"Academic integrity is more than just “not cheating.” Academic integrity is about learning, responsibility, accountability, fairness, respect, honesty, and trust. Ultimately, academic integrity is about the values you hold and that define your character – it is about what you choose to do, even when no one is looking, and it is about creating sound habits for your future.

Academic integrity is important because it is about the choices you make about how you will complete your academic work and be a student at Miami University. It is about practicing the work ethic and responsibility that is expected of you as a student and that will be expected of you in your chosen profession or future educational endeavors. It is about being responsible to yourself, your peers, and your faculty and upholding the values of Miami University – espousing Love & Honor."

From Miami University's Academic Integrity Student Guide


Academic Dishonesty - any activity that compromises the academic integrity of the institution or subverts the educational process. Students are expected to behave honestly in their learning and in their behavior outside the classroom.

Plagiarism - the use of another's words or ideas without appropriate acknowledgment, such as copying someone else's work and turning it in as your own

Paraphrasing - using the ideas of others, by putting them in your own words and giving credit to the source

Quoting - word-for-word duplication of an author’s original writing. Quotation also requires that you give credit to the original source.

Citing - citations are required when you quote or paraphrase someone else's words or ideas. You will usually need to give credit to a source in two places: in the body of your paper and at the end of your paper.

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