Final Assessment

  1. A classmate mentions to you how upset she is. She tells you she's found out that if she fails the upcoming chemistry test, she'll lose her scholarship. You've already taken the chemistry test and tell her what she needs to study. This violates Academic Integrity:
  2. You've written a research paper, and cited your sources, however, you neglected to write down the page numbers for the in text citations. Because the project is due in four hours, you insert page numbers without verifying them. This is a violation because:
  3. During a group project, you and your partners independently find resources and add them to a citation page. Not everyone reads all of the citations collected by other group members, but before the final product is turned in, a basic check for accuracy is done by at least one group member. This violates Academic Integrity:
  4. You copy/paste a few sentences from a website into your paper. The website doesn't list an author, sponsor or a date. You should...
    You need to quote it and cite it using the available information. Not everything on the web is common knowledge. Moreover, you need to think twice about using this site for research if you don’t know who wrote it or when it was written.
  5. You are documenting your sources using MLA style. Halfway through your paper, you decide that you like APA style better and switch to APA. Do you have to go back and change your MLA citations to APA, or does it not matter?
    It is good that you documented your sources, that is the most important thing, but it is better to stick with one citation style throughout your paper. Many instructors would lower your grade if you inaccurately or inconsistently followed a citation style. Always ask your instructors which style they require because certain disciplines tend to use certain styles
  6. You read an article and rewrite the article's ideas in your own words, paraphrasing it. Do you have to cite this information?
  7. The following is a source, followed by two examples of paraphrasing. Select the one that does not violate academic integrity: "But in four cleverly designed experiments, Sparrow and her colleagues do explore how the Internet may be changing the way people handle such information now. The results, she says, support a growing belief that people are using the Internet as a personal memory bank: the so-called Google effect." Bohannon, J. (2011). Searching for the Google effect on people's memory. Science, 333(6040), 277-277.
  8. Ideas found on "unofficial" web sources like message boards and social media are part of public discussion and do not need to be cited.
  9. You have a project that is a perfect fit for two classes you are taking. You intend to submit one assignment to both classes. Do you need to worry about plagiarism?
  10. If a faculty member alleges that you were involved in an act of plagiarism, you have the opportunity to challenge the faculty member's allegation as a part of the University's formal discipline process
    You do have the opportunity to defend yourself, and may contact Student Conduct with any questions you may have.
  11. You're doing a paper on Pennsylvania history and your grandmother told you some great stories about how the town was different 60 years ago. Do you need to cite this information?
  12. This semester, you have an assignment in which data collected from a previous assignment is included in the new project. Do you need to cite this information?
    Since the date was not collected for your specific class, it requires citation. Citing yourself is normal academic practice.
  13. True or False: you do not have to cite the source of numerical data or graphs because it is common knowledge
    You must cite graphs, images, or any numerical data used. If you don't know where it came from, don't use it!
  14. For an online course that you are enrolled in there are two required proctored exams. You have secured the proctor, a friend of yours who is a former teacher from your high school. You requested to use her as a proctor and she’s been verified and accepted. The first exam went smoothly. However, for the second exam, the proctor was unable to meet. She was also unable to reschedule that week or the following. The two of you decided that she would give you the access code to the exam and you took it without her being present. Is this a violation of academic integrity?
  15. You are in your final, very busy semester and will graduate in 5 weeks. You are enrolled in an online course that you late dropped in a previous semester. Due to the heavy credit load you are carrying and time spent job hunting you've decided to submit a paper for the course that you already co-wrote when you took the course previously. You do not intend to request instructor permission to use this work. Is this a violation of academic integrity?
    For most classes, it is. Always check with your instructor before you resubmit a paper for another course.
  16. You and a friend decide to work together on an individual lab assignment. Because you are in two different sections of the same course, you print out two copies of the completed report, and each submit it as your own individual work. Is this a violation of academic integrity?
    You should check with your instructor before working together.
  17. For your Geology class you have been assigned to groups and given lab assignments to complete as a group. Your group completes the lab and you each turn in a copy of the same lab report with your individual name at the top of the page and your lab-mates names listed in the first paragraph. Is this a violation of academic integrity
  18. You came up with an idea for a project, but later find that someone had the same ideas. Do you need to cite the other person?
  19. If you forgot to cite a source, but you have the information in your notes, you are still in violation of academic integrity.
  20. Failing to familiarize yourself with the University's policies does not constitute an adequate defense for violation of those policies.
  21. You are assigned to create an original program for an IST (information sciences and technology) class. During your online research, you find a program that will do exactly what you want it to. You change a few minor details, and submit the work as your own. Is this an academic integrity violation?
    This is not only plagiarism, but cheating, as you have not created an original program.
  22. You bought a paper online, and submitted it in class. Your professor found out and accused you of an academic integrity violation. Buying the paper wasn't illegal, you checked, so what’s the problem?
  23. You're putting together a PowerPoint presentation for a class project and you add an image from a public website that everyone has access to. Do you need to cite the image?
  24. In your online presentation you use a video clip. It's obvious from the clip who the speaker is and the context of the video. Do you need to cite where you retrieved the clip?
  25. For an assignment you create a Prezi (online presentation) and allow it to be viewable by the public. In the Prezi you use background music from an mp3 file you downloaded on iTunes. You have permission from the copyright holder to use the music, but should you also cite this music?