Honor Council Cases: Winter Term 2013

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1. A first-year student’s paper contained text from another source without quotation marks.  The Council highlighted the requirement that someone else’s words must appear within quotation marks, whereas including only a parenthetical citation is appropriate when explaining someone else’s ideas in one’s own words. The Council determined the student violated the Honor Code and the student received a one letter grade reduction on the assignment.

 

2. A sophomore’s paper contained text from various sources.  While the student listed the sources in the bibliography, s/he did not use quotation marks around text that was not an original composition. The student accepted having committed academic misconduct, and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on the assignment.

 

3. A junior submitted a final paper including text which was not originally composed and failed to include citations to outside sources. Text cited as paraphrases were also direct quotations. The Council determined that this constituted plagiarism and the student was in violation of the Honor Code. The student had previously committed an act of academic misconduct. The Honor Council determined that the student would fail the course and would be suspended for the following academic term.

 

4. A first-year student’s paper contained text from various sources. While the student listed the sources in the bibliography, s/he did not use quotation marks around text that was not an original composition. The student accepted having committed academic misconduct, and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on the assignment.

 

5. A first-year student’s paper included text from various online sources without quotation marks, constituting plagiarism. The student accepted having committed academic misconduct and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on the paper.

 

6. A first-year student’s paper included text from a fellow student’s work without quotation marks, constituting plagiarism.  The student accepted having committed academic misconduct, and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on the paper.

 

7. A first-year student’s paper contained text from various sources. The student did not list the sources in the bibliography, and s/he failed to use quotation marks around text that was not an original composition. The Honor Council determined that the student violated the Honor Code and that the student receive a one letter grade reduction on the assignment.

 

8. A senior’s paper contained passages and ideas from sources that s/he did not cite. The student accepted having committed academic misconduct, and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on the assignment.

 

9. A junior’s paper contained passages and ideas from sources that s/he did not cite. The student accepted having committed academic misconduct, and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on the assignment.

 

10. A first-year student’s paper contained text from various sources. The student did not list the sources in the bibliography, and s/he did not use quotation marks around text that was not an original composition. The Honor Council determined that the student violated the Honor Code. The student had previously committed an act of academic misconduct. The Council took into account the student’s complete inexperience with the kind of assignment at issue, as well as input from the professor regarding possible confusion about the nature of the assignment. The Council determined that the student would receive no credit for the assignment and a one-letter grade reduction in the course. The student was required to rewrite the paper as it was intended to be written, with proper citations. The Council further determined that failure to complete the paper appropriately by the end of the term would result in suspension for the following term.

 

11. A first-year student collaborated with a classmate on a paper that was to be individual work and identical answers appeared in the students’ papers. The student accepted having committed academic misconduct, and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on assignment and have a letter grade reduction in the final course grade.

 

12. A first-year student collaborated with a classmate on a paper that was to be individual work.  The two students’ papers contained identical portions. The student accepted having committed academic misconduct, and asked for a Chair-Dean review. The Chair and Dean determined that the student would receive no credit on assignment and have a letter grade reduction in the final course grade.

 

13. A senior approached the Registrar, claiming to have made an arrangement regarding graduation requirements with an administrator on campus. The student produced an e-mail from the administrator as evidence of this arrangement. Staff in the Registrar’s office produced the original e-mail, making it clear that the e-mail the student provided was an altered copy of the original. This alteration involved the removal of essential information and changed the overall meaning of the exchange between student and administrator. The student admitted having altered the e-mail to the Dean of Studies. The Council determined that the student violated the Honor Code and that the student would undertake a project to help disseminate information about the Honor Code on campus.

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