Academic Dishonesty

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The University of Arkansas defines academic dishonesty as “any act by which a student gains or attempts to gain an academic advantage for him/herself or another by misrepresenting his/her or another’s work or by interfering with the independent completion, submission, or evaluation of academic work.” (emphasis added,


The university takes academic integrity very seriously. Be sure to read and understand what constitutes as academic dishonesty so you can prevent yourself from committing a dishonest act. The university does not discriminate between accidental or intentional plagiarism.

More information on paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism can be found here.

What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s ideas and claiming them or passing them off as your own. Whether accidental or intentional, all cases go before an Academic Integrity Board.
What if I am not sure if I am plagiarizing?
When in doubt, always cite your work. If you are unsure about your professor’s policy on sharing your work and/or notes, ask. It is better to ask for permission, rather than forgiveness when it comes to plagiarism; professors are not involved in the academic integrity review process. Remember that intent does not matter.
What is our university policy on academic dishonesty?
The university’s policy on academic dishonesty can be found at

Read through the student section for answers to any questions concerning policies or procedures.

For additional information about plagiarism and academic dishonesty review the following links:

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