At Rutgers University, all students are expected to adhere to a high standard of academic integrity. However, when violations of academic integrity occur, more often than not, the case involves a student who was not wholly aware that their actions constituted a violation. Nevertheless, they will face scrutiny and potentially a handful of penalties if it can be "proven" that they violated the university's code.
A violation of academic integrity on a student's record is incredibly stigmatizing and could raise eyebrows as the student moves forward in other pursuits, such as graduate school or efforts to obtain new scholarships.
The Principles of Academic Integrity at Rutgers
- cite all sources, results, and ideas that are not one's own
- acknowledge each contributor to a given piece
- do not make use of materials considered "impermissible" for tutoring or aid with an assignment
- report findings and results truthfully, do not suppress information that is not consistent with one's own argument
- do not facilitate academic dishonesty (i.e. letting another student copy one's homework) or otherwise obstruct another student's academic progress
The school recognizes the following types of academic violations. While many schools cite plagiarism, cheating and fabrication as the three distinct areas of policed behavior, Rutgers adds facilitation of dishonesty and academic sabotage to its repertoire, defining in more meticulous detail the types of offenses it prohibits so as to avoid confusion.
Plagiarism - copying, paraphrasing, or outright submitting the work of another, acquired through research or by pur