Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Students are encouraged and expected to perform at the highest level possible. This expectation encompasses academic honesty, disinclination to take shortcuts, and refusal to participate in any action that is commonly defined as cheating or plagiarism. Shiloh University considers all instances of academic fraud as serious academic misconduct.

Cheating on assignments or tests violates academic integrity.

  • To cheat on an assignment includes, but is not limited to, using materials or sources explicitly forbidden by the instructor (including the use of ideas and work of other students when forbidden) and assisting students in cheating as defined above.
  • To cheat on an exam includes, but is not limited to, using books, notes, or other materials not explicitly permitted by the instructor when taking the exam; copying another student’s work; using copies of examination material (whether stolen or accidentally obtained) in preparing for an examination when the instructor has not made these materials public by prior distribution; helping another student to cheat in any of the aforementioned ways.

Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. Plagiarism is defined as claiming original authorship of intellectual material produced by another person. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Copying of passages from published or unpublished works of others into an assignment, paper, discussion posting, or thesis without proper referencing by citations, quotation marks, and bibliographic references
  • Paraphrasing another person’s ideas, theories, or opinions without proper referencing
  • Using another person’s graphics or pictures without proper referencing
  • Submitting the same work to more than one course, unless prior permission to do so has been given in writing

If the instructor finds that plagiarism or cheating has occurred, the work in question will be assigned a grade of F, or zero points. The instructor will then report the case to the appropriate Academic Dean and to the student involved. Repeated cases of plagiarism or cheating may result in suspension or expulsion from the University. Students will not be allowed to rewrite or resubmit work to compensate for grades assigned as a result of plagiarism or cheating. Students can appeal in writing to the appropriate Academic Dean at the University.