MHSHS takes academic integrity very seriously. The following is a description of situations that may result in disciplinary action.
- Cheating (e.g., copying from another’s test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by the person giving the test; collaborating with another student during the test without authorization; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or part, the contents of un-administered test; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self to take a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers to the test in advance of the test)
- Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as ones own for credit without the required citation and attribution)
- Colluding (engaging in fraudulent collaboration with another person in preparing written work for credit).
Consequences for such behavior are serious and may lead to extended suspensions.
CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity
Academic Dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion, as provided herein.
Definitions and Examples of Academic Dishonesty
Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise.
- Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work
- Unauthorized collaboration on a take home assignment or examination
- Using notes during a closed book examination
- Taking an examination for another student, or asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you
- Changing a graded exam and returning it for more credit
- Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to more than one course without consulting with each instructor
- Preparing answers or writing notes in a blue book (exam booklet) before an examination
- Allowing others to research and write assigned papers or do assigned projects, including use of commercial term paper services
- Giving assistance to acts of academic misconduct/dishonesty
- Fabricating data (all or part)
- Submitting someone else’s work as your own
- Unauthorized use during an examination of any electronic devices such as cell phones, palm pilots, computers or other technologies to retrieve or send information
Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writing as your own.
The following are some examples of plagiarism, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
- Copying another person’s actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source
- Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source
- Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source
- Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments
Internet plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source and “cutting & pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.
Obtaining Unfair Advantage is any activity that intentionally or unintentionally gives a student an unfair advantage in his/her academic work over another student. The following are some examples of obtaining an unfair advantage, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
- Stealing, reproducing, circulating or otherwise gaining advance access to examination materials
- Depriving other students of access to library material by stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing them
- Retaining, using or circulating examination materials which clearly indicate that they should be returned at the end of the exam
- Intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student’s work
Falsification of Records and Official Documents
The Following are some examples of falsification, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
- Falsifying signatures of authorization
- Falsifying information on an official academic record
- Falsifying information on an official document such as a grade report, letter of permission, drop/add form, ID card or other college document