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Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

A guide for students, faculty, and staff defining plagiarism and detailing how to avoid academic dishonesty.

What comprises academic dishonesty at the University of Memphis?

The University of Memphis policy on academic integrity is outlined in the Student Handbook. In order to understand what academic dishonesty means at the University of Memphis, you should be familiar with the University's definitions. 

The Office of Student Conduct defines the following on the linked website:

Plagiarism - "The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one’s own without proper attribution."

Cheating - "Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours."

Fabrication - "Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise."

The academic integrity section of the University of Memphis Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines the consequences of these actions:

"Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class in addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the regular institutional disciplinary procedures.

An instructor who believes a student has committed an act of academic misconduct shall notify the student in writing of the basis for the belief and allow the student five (5) business days to respond to the allegation. The student shall respond to the allegation by scheduling a meeting with the instructor to discuss the matter. After meeting with the student to review the alleged misconduct, the instructor has two options: (a) they may make a decision regarding appropriate action, or (b) they may refer the matter to the Academic Integrity Committee." (page 17-18)