Tips to avoid allegations of academic misconduct
Preparing for a test can be an anxiety-producing experience. Here are some
suggestions to make the process more productive:
for the Exam
FOR THE EXAM:
and/or rewrite your notes after each class. Reading them soon
after class will make remembering them easier. Check for
legibility and clarity.
condensing your notes to one page. This exercise will help you
to organize the main ideas and to select the most important
concepts and facts.
you don't understand the material, see your instructor during
office hours or make an appointment. You may also go to the
TLC Lab in I-209 for assistance. The longer you wait, the less
time you will have to prepare.
for the style of the exam being given. Multiple choice,
matching, and true-false questions tend to test for
recognition of facts; short answer and
"fill-in-the-blank" questions tend to test your
ability to recall material; essay and oral exams tend to test
your ability to recall material; synthesize material, and
create your own conclusions.
some questions as if you were the professor. This exercise may
help you to focus on the most important material under
your time. Include time to watch your favorite television
program as you schedule your time - chances are you'll watch
it anyway. If you budget time for it, you'll be able to watch
it and still have adequate time to study.
not sit next to your friends. Choose a desk in the exam room
that is as remote as possible from students whom you know. It
decreases distraction as well as the chance that copying may
occur or be suspected. This is particularly important if you
into the exam room only those materials, if any, which the
instructor has expressly indicated are allowed. Bringing in
unauthorized materials, whether utilized or not, leaves you
vulnerable to an allegation of cheating.
When your exam is returned, see what you can learn by reviewing
your incorrect answers. If you wish to submit your exam for
re-grading do not alter the original answers, since that could be
interpreted as a dishonest attempt to receive additional credit.
Most instructors photocopy your original exams and quizzes in
order to compare them with those submitted for re-grading. The few
who do not do so have excellent memories.
advised that instructors will refer cases of suspected cheating to
the Dean of Students' Office. Penalties for cheating include
Suspension or Expulsion from the College.
sure you understand the assignment. If you have ANY questions,
do not hesitate to ASK the instructor.
sure you understand the definition of PLAGIARISM:
PLAGIARIZE is to "steal and pass off (the ideas or
words of another) as one's own without crediting the source;
present as new and original an idea or product derived from
an existing source," (Webster's New Collegiate
Dictionary, Springfield: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1973,
of the time, you have to incorporate other writers' words
and ideas in an assignment. If given permission to consult
those writers, go ahead, but be sure to cite them. If you
aren't sure how to use the material you have without
plagiarizing, ASK or CHECK A WRITING GUIDE before submitting
the work for credit.
sure you understand the CONSEQUENCES of plagiarism:
you plagiarize, you hand in work that is not your own for
critical review. You do not learn anything because your
work is not being reviewed. When you plagiarize, you
sabotage the quality of your education.
you plagiarize, you steal, just as if you took a book from
a store. Plagiarism is different in effect, however,
because the College assumes that each degree represents
that student's original work. When you plagiarize, you
undermine the value of a degree from College of the
you plagiarize, chances are good that you will be caught.
If you are caught, chances are very good that you will be
suspended from the College. Consider the impact on your
financial aid? Your earning a degree? Your plans to attend
a four-year school? Your career plans?
you're stuck and can't get through the assignment, there are
legitimate alternatives to plagiarizing:
the TLC Lab, I-209 there you can get one-on-one help with
writing skills, grammar, topic development -- anything
involved in writing a paper.
your instructor - make an appointment or go during office
hours. There are no dumb questions when it comes to
assuring that your work is honest.
you know of someone who is plagiarizing an assignment,
confront the person and/or tell the instructor. Papers that
are plagiarized will impact the grading curve. It is in your
best interest if everyone does his or her own work.
advised that instructors will refer cases of suspected
plagiarism to the Dean of Students' Office. Penalties for
plagiarism include Suspension or Expulsion from the College.