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Every member of the Unity College community is responsible for upholding the principles of academic honesty. Personal ethics and academic community integrity should govern student action.

Academic Integrity

The Unity College Honor Code requires that students be honest in all academic and co-curricular work. By joining the Unity College Community, we express our willingness to accept the responsibilities and privileges of the academic community. Academic dishonesty threatens the mission of Unity College and potentially jeopardizes the success and safety of our community members and others.

The Honor Board administers the Honor Code. Appointed annually, it consists of two student representatives selected by the Student Government Association, two faculty members elected by the faculty, a college community member appointed by the Chief Academic Officer, and the Assistant Registrar. The Dean of Students will serve as an ex officio member. Cases of dishonesty in academic matters are referred to the Honor Board, which exists to:

  • Investigate alleged violations of the Honor Code;
  • Arbitrate all instances of academic dishonesty not settled to the student’s or the faculty member’s satisfaction;
  • Determine if the Honor Code has been violated and to specify consequences; and 
  • Maintain a record of alleged infractions and subsequent findings.

All members of the Unity College community should conduct their activities so as to follow principles of academic integrity. Community members will assume that all are adhering to the Honor Code and will conduct themselves accordingly. If a community member suspects a violation of the Honor Code, he or she shall submit an Incident Report and discuss the matter with the alleged violator. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of both parties, either may call for an Honor Board Hearing. Similarly, if the proceedings of the Honor Board are unsatisfactory, either party may appeal to the proper administrative channels.

All members of the Unity College Community are responsible for adhering to principles of academic integrity and for reporting breaches of academic integrity. Because understanding academic honesty is a process that takes time, sanctions for first offenses typically include an education component, while sanctions for consequent offenses become more severe, including suspension and dismissal. For this reason, it is imperative that incident reports are submitted for all cases of academic dishonesty.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Plagiarism

We acknowledge the difference between citation errors, in which a writer incorrectly cites a source, and plagiarism, in which a writer engages in any of the following:

  • Quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing any part or all of a source without acknowledging the source in the text of any work.
  • Incorporating any information—data, statistics, examples, etc. — that is not common knowledge without attributing the source of that information.
  • Using another’s images, sounds, opinions, research, or arguments without attribution.
  • Failing to follow fair-use policies, which dictate informal acknowledgement or formal citation depending upon the context and assignment.
  • Submitting work that someone else completed.
  • Submitting an assignment for one class in another class without approval of both instructors.

Cheating

  • Submitting an assignment for one class in another class without approval.
  • Claiming credit for work not done independently (excluding college support services such as the LRC) without giving credit for aid received.
  • Seeking out, accepting, or actively aiding in any unauthorized collaboration or communication during examinations. This includes but is not limited to sharing answers and using technology without prior permission.

Misrepresentation

  • When someone other than the student enrolled in the course completes any part of the coursework.

Falsification

  • Falsifying or deliberately misrepresenting data and/or submission of work. 
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