What is academic integrity and why are we concerned about it?
Academic integrity means being honest about your intellectual
work. In the context of IB 100 this means that you
that written work you submit for the course is a product of your
intellectual effort and not the work of someone else. The written
materials you prepare for biology class are a method of demonstrating
your knowledge of the facts and your understanding of the concepts of
the field of biology. If you use the words and ideas of another as your
own, you are not being honest and you have only demonstrated the other
person's knowledge and understanding, not your own.
Working with a learning partner, as a member of a study group, or as
part of a tutor/tutee relationship can be an effective and efficient
method of learning biology or almost any subject. Interacting with
other people is a natural way for humans to learn, but each person must
construct her or his own knowledge in the process. In IB 100 we encourage you to work and study together. We will provide you
with opportunities in discussion and lecture to do this.
In addition, you will be asked to prepare written material in the form
of homework assignments, take-home quizzes, and if you
choose to participate in them, extra credit projects. All of these
projects provide a framework for group study and discussion. Because
your written materials produced as an outcome of these interactions are
also a means of evaluating your personal knowledge, the topic of
academic integrity becomes an issue.
The University of Illinois has specific policies and regulations
concerning academic integrity in the
Student Code. The academic reputation of the University is
founded in the academic integrity of its faculty and students.
Infractions of these regulations are taken seriously and can result in
severe consequences, including expulsion from the University. As a
student of the University it is your responsibility to become familiar
with, understand, and abide by Part 4. Academic Integrity of this Code.
should be noted that ignorance of these regulations is not a defense in
cases of infringement of the rules of academic integrity.
How to learn with others and maintain your academic integrity.
Read and Understand these definitions of infringements of academic integrity
from the Student Code.
Do not copy the material of others without giving
The use of computers makes copying and pasting electronic text and
images easy and tempting. When you do this without crediting the
source, you are essentially stealing the work of another and are not
demonstrating your understanding of the subject matter. After reading
and synthesizing the facts and ideas of other sources, write your own
interpretation of the material. If you need to quote someone else's
work to support your own ideas use quotation marks to let the reader
know you are quoting, and provide a reference for the quoted work. If
you are using text from a web site, provide the URL of the material, or
if you are preparing an electronic document, provide a direct web link
to your source in addition to using quotation marks. Most importantly,
include your own interpretation so that you clearly communicate your
understanding of the quoted material.
Do not paraphrase the materials of others without
It is tempting to paraphrase the work of another person (text
journal, website, another student, etc.). You should not use the facts,
ideas, illustrations, or organization of another person and simply
change a few words in an attempt to make it appear to be your own.
Organize your understanding of a subject and prepare your answer in the
form of a "mini-lesson" in your own words or illustrations, meant to
explain your understanding of the ideas to your reader. If you
paraphrase part of the textbook, other print source, or web site as
supporting evidence of your ideas, provide a reference for the
paraphrased section so your reader knows which ideas are yours and
belong to someone else. These paraphrased sections should be a small
portion of your work. Clearly communicate your understanding by
including your own interpretation of the paraphrased material.
If you work with another student or a study group, do not write
answers to take home quizzes or homework assignments
together. Meet together and discuss questions and share ideas to help
each other understand the material, but then INDIVIDUALLY
your discussions and thoroughly understand those ideas before
constructing your own answers in writing. DO NOT divide up the
questions among the members of your group, write answers to your
portion, and then share them with your study group to copy or
Do not become a victim of another's lack of academic
Just as it is considered wrong to copy the work of another, it is
considered to be just as wrong to allow another student to copy or
paraphrase your work. Do not give or loan your work to another student.
You may not intend to allow the other person to copy your work, but
might very well happen. If it does happen, both of you will be subject
to disciplinary action.