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Statement of Academic Integrity


To have “academic integrity” means assuming responsibility for your intellectual work and respecting the rights of others. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to pursue a university education, and Michigan State University is highly respected as an institution of higher learning. You owe it to yourself and to your colleagues to be honest about the work you produce and to conduct yourself in a manner that upholds the level of respect bestowed on MSU.

In this class, much of your learning will take place in the context of collaborative groups. Working as a member of a cooperative group is an effective and efficient method for learning biology or any subject. Interacting with others is a natural way for people to learn, but it is important that you construct your own understanding in the process. In this class, you will be encouraged to work and study together in and out of class meetings. Some of the materials you produce will be an outcome of these interactions, but anything you ascribe your name to must be your own.

Michigan State University has an all-university policy concerning Integrity and Scholarship of Grades. As a student of MSU, it is your responsibility to become familiar with, understand, and abide by General Student Regulations which protect both you and the university if an infraction has occurred. Ignorance of these regulations is not a defense in cases of infringement.


Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

*Students who commit plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty will receive a 0.0 on the assignment and/or course and may be subject to additional actions that could ultimately result in their dismissal from the university.*

Effective August 16, 2009, it is University policy that instructors who issue a penalty grade for any act of academic dishonesty must submit a letter to the student’s academic Dean. This letter will be kept as a permanent record in the student’s academic file. At a minimum, the offending student will be required to attend an educational program on academic integrity offered by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Additional penalties may also apply, including dismissal from the university.


Academically dishonest acts include, but are not limited to, the following examples:

-> using unauthorized materials during exams or quizzes (e.g., iPods, phones, texting devices, written materials),

-> copying course-related notes or information onto clothing, body parts, or personal belongings for use during exams and quizzes,

-> communicating with others (electronic or otherwise) during exams or quizzes, when it is not permitted,

-> receiving, selling, or otherwise distributing copies of exams or other course-related assessments,

-> using the original ideas and works of others without appropriating credit (citations, etc.),

-> copying peers’ work.

Students engaged in these behaviors are committing academically dishonest acts and will be subject to all penalties that apply, including a “no credit” score for the assignment, exam, or course and other university sanctions deemed appropriate. Students engaged in suspicious behavior during exams will be asked to move to a different location and forfeit personal items not authorized for use during exam times.


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