Academic Integrity

The maintenance of academic integrity is the responsibility of every student at American Jewish University, undergraduate and graduate alike. The Honor Code provides a standard of honesty and declares that compliance with the standard is to be expected. Academic dishonesty is an especially serious offense and diminishes the quality of scholarship and defrauds those who depend upon the integrity of our academic programs. Such dishonesty includes:

Examination Behavior: Unless expressly permitted by the instructor, the use of any external assistance during an examination shall be considered academically dishonest. Inappropriate examination behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Communicating with another student in anyway during an exam;
  • Copying material from another student's examination;
  • Allowing a student to copy from your examination; and
  • Using unauthorized notes, calculators or other sources of assistance.

Academic IntegrityFabrication: Any intentional falsification or invention of data or citation in an academic exercise will be considered a violation of academic integrity. Academic dishonesty involving fabrication includes, but is not limited to:

  • Inventing or altering data for a field project; and
  • Resubmitting returned and corrected academic work under the pretense of grader evaluation error when, in fact, the work has been altered from its original form.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation and subsequent passing off of another's ideas or words as one's own. If the words or ideas of another are used, acknowledgment of the original source must be made through recognized referencing practices.

Use of another's ideas or words must be properly acknowledged as follows:

  • Direct Quotation: Any use of a direct quotation must be acknowledged by footnote citation and by either quotation marks or appropriate indentation and spacing.

Paraphrase: If another's ideas are borrowed in whole or in part and are merely recast in the student's own words, proper acknowledgment must, nonetheless, be made. A footnote or proper internal citation must follow the paraphrased material.

Other Types of Academic Dishonesty

Other forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

  • Submitting a paper written by or obtained from another person;
  • Using a paper or essay in more than one class without the instructors' expressed permission;
  • Obtaining a copy of an examination in advance without the knowledge and consent of the instructor;
  • Changing academic records outside of normal procedures and/or petitions; and
  • Using the aid of another person to complete homework assignments or take-home exams without the knowledge and consent of the instructor.