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Community Code

Academic Honesty Guidelines

Academic honesty is a necessary corollary to academic freedom; the two concepts each presuppose the other.

The goals and objectives of Carthage have been claimed within the implicit context of academic honesty. Therefore, Carthage expects academic honesty from all its members and maintains college-wide honesty guidelines and penalties which must be supported by the whole academic community.

All types of academic dishonesty are forbidden, including the following:


Plagiarism is the appropriation by any means of another’s work or words and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work or words in one’s written [as well as oral] work offered for credit. Some ideas have such wide currency that all may use them freely; some words, such as proverbs and clichés are public property. But when the writer borrows what belongs to another, the writer must indicate the source by way of an internal reference, and she/he must enclose all distinctive words of the source within quotation marks.

Cheating on a Test

Cheating on a test includes copying from another’s test paper; having or using during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of a test that had been administered or not; substitution for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self in the taking of a test; collaborating with or seeking aid from another person during a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that had been administered or not or information about a test that had been administered or not; and using electronic devices in an unauthorized manner during a test.

Collusion and Unauthorized Cooperative Work

Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work offered for credit. Collaboration must be based upon the explicit consent of the instructor and must be acknowledged in the stating of authorship of the report.

False Citation

False citation is any attribution to, or citation of, a source from which the reference material was not in fact obtained.

Multiple Submissions

Multiple submission is the re-submission of any work by a student which has been used in identical or similar form in fulfillment of any academic requirement at this or another institution.

Submission of Work Prepared by Another

Submission of this type includes commercially prepared papers and work of any type written or developed by any other person.

False Data

False data are data which have been altered or contrived in such a way as to be deliberately misleading.