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Sample Syllabus Statements

It is important to include a statement about academic integrity on every course syllabus. Students need to know the expectations of the course and your policies for enforcing those expectations. As you write your syllabus statement, please consider the rules and expectations for

  • Originality in work (Can students submit work from previous courses?)
  • Use and citation of sources
  • Collaboration on assignments
  • Exams and quizzes (Are notes allowed? Can students review old exams?)
  • Requirements for lab work

Below are some sample statements for your syllabus. You can use these verbatim or adapt them to fulfill the needs of your specific course.

We strongly recommend that regardless of the statement you include on your syllabus, you should also link ISU's Academic Integrity and Dishonesty Policy.

Academic Integrity Expectations
It is important that students submit their own, original (never previously used) work throughout the class. Submitting previously used work and/or work that is not your own original work is considered a violation in academic integrity. Academic Integrity is something that all students should know about and take measures to uphold – it ensures the value of your degree. The credibility of the university as a whole is diminished if academic integrity is not upheld.

Types of Violations
There are four types of academic dishonesty: (1) Plagiarism; (2) Fabrication; (3) Cheating; and (4) Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty.

  • Plagiarism. Plagiarism, in effect, means “stealing.” The American College Dictionary defines it as “copying or imitating the language, ideas, and thoughts of another author and passing off the same as one’s original work.” Students are required to give proper credit to all sources of information, whether in their written materials or in oral presentations.
  • Fabrication. Fabrication includes making up sources or information, omitting sources, distorting sources or information, and misrepresenting sources or information. 
  • Cheating. Cheating includes but is not limited to the following:
    • using forbidden items during a test or exam (phones, files, books, notes, etc.)
    • obtaining tests from previous classes
    • collaborating with another on individual assignments when you are expected to work alone
    • using another's assignment, ideas, or sources
    • using your own previously submitted work from another class
    • obstructing or changing grades received
    • submitting assignments that you did not write (as with contract cheating or AI-generated material)
  • Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty. Helping another plagiarize, fabricate, or cheat is academically dishonest. Failing to report any of these instances violates the Code of Academic Dishonesty.

Rarely does anyone set out to violate standards of academic integrity; plagiarism and cheating usually occur because students are in a hurry and take some short cuts to submit the required assignment. The best remedies to ensure academic integrity are thus to keep up with the class and to ask questions along the way. It is important that you know that intentionality (“I didn’t know” or “I didn’t mean it”) Is not a valid excuse for violating standards of academic integrity. Penalties for violating Academic Integrity may include receiving an "F" on the assignment, an "F" in the course, and notification of the Registrar. Multiple instances of Academic Dishonesty at ISU may result in suspension or expulsion. You should thus talk with your instructor before submitting your work if you have any questions about your use of sources or other information.

What is the policy about academic integrity in this class? This class upholds ISU’s policy of Academic Integrity and Dishonesty  Plagiarism (taking ideas or words from others without proper credit) and cheating (submitting work that is created by someone/something other than you) are not allowed.

What happens if I violate academic integrity in this class? First, I will reach out to you and we will meet. At that meeting, you will have an opportunity to explain your work and address possible academic integrity violations. After that meeting, I will determine if there is sufficient evidence of a violation. If I proceed, at a minimum, you will receive a failing grade on the assignment. Given the severity of the violation, you could also receive an “F” in the course. In all cases, I am required to report the failing grade (on the assignment or in the course) to the Registrar, noting that the reason for the failing grade is a violation of academic integrity. Multiple instances of violating academic integrity at ISU may result in a suspension or expulsion.

What procedures are used to detect violations in academic integrity in this class? All work will be submitted through Turnitin, a program designed to identify matches in content from internet sources and previous submissions. Turnitin also checks for content created by AI platforms such as ChatGPT.

Brief syllabus statement 1

As a student at Idaho State University, you are expected to uphold standards of honesty and integrity. Plagiarism (taking ideas or words from others without proper credit) and cheating (submitting work that is created by someone other than you) will result in a failing grade on the assignment or in the course. Multiple instances of academic dishonesty may result in suspension or expulsion from the university.

Brief syllabus statement 2

All work for this course must be original and created only by you. This course requires you to adhere to the university Academic Integrity and Dishonesty Policy. Please review this policy here: Policy #4000

Statements regarding the use of Artificial Intelligence Programs (ChatGPT, AI bots, etc.)

  • It is considered cheating to submit work not created by you, including the work of other people (as in contract cheating or in submitting another person's work as yours) or work created by a program that employs Artificial Intelligence (such as ChatGPT or other AI bots).
  • If your submitted work relies on Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT or any other AI bot), you are required to cite it as you would a research source, using appropriate APA, MLA, or Chicago citation format. Proper citation includes both in-text citations as well as Works Cited/References pages.

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