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Academic Integrity

Information on academic integrity, plagiarism, and citation at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Academic Integrity

What is integrity?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, integrity is:

“Soundness of moral principle; the character of uncorrupted virtue, esp. in relation to truth and fair dealing; uprightness, honesty, sincerity.”

Oprah Winfrey once said:

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Integrity includes a commitment to honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is when students behave with integrity in an academic setting. Maintaining academic integrity involves “expressing original ideas, citing sources, working independently, and reporting results accurately and honestly” (Red Deer Polytechnic, Student Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct Guidebook, p. 3).   

Every program at Red Deer Polytechnic expects students to follow a code of academic integrity.

What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct is when students do not behave with integrity in an academic setting. Academic misconduct includes cheating and plagiarism (Red Deer Polytechnic, Student Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct Guidebook, p. 3). 

At Red Deer Polytechnic, academic misconduct can result in:

  • Failing your assignment
  • Failing your course
  • Suspension from Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Expulsion from Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Not being accepted at another college or university after being expelled from Red Deer Polytechnic 

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Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when you take another person’s words or ideas and claim them as your own.

Ang pangongopya ng ibang trabaho ay hindi maari sa curso: Copying other's work is not permitted in this course

English Chinese Korean Japanese French Spanish Italian Arabic Filipino Hindi
plagiarism 抄袭 표절 盗作 plagiat plagio plagio الأدب ية ال سرق ة panunulad / kopya

baimani nahi karna

Adapted with permission from the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. Additional translation by Manisha Khetarpal.

Plagiarism includes:

  • Buying or copying a paper and submitting it as your own work.
  • Submitting a paper that you previously submitted in another course. This is called self-plagiarism.
  • Copying and pasting from a source (e.g. a website, an article, an image, etc.) without citing it.
  • Summarizing or rewording someone else's work without citing it.
  • Building on someone else's idea without citing it.

List created by NAIT Library

What happens if I plagiarize?

Plagiarism is a type of academic misconduct. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, even if it’s unintentional or accidental.

At Red Deer Polytechnic, plagiarism can result in:

  • Failing your assignment
  • Failing your course
  • Suspension from Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Expulsion from Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Not being accepted at another college or university after being expelled from Red Deer Polytechnic

List created by NAIT Library

Does this mean I shouldn't use other peoples' ideas?

No! As a student at Red Deer Polytechnic, you are expected to read, analyze, and respond to the ideas of others when writing your papers. The key to do this without plagiarizing is to cite your sources!

Citation

What are citations?

English Chinese Korean Japanese French Spanish Italian Arabic Filipino Hindi
citation 引文 인용문헌/참고문헌 参照 citation cita bibliográfica / referencia citazione مرجع pagbanggit izzat dena, credit dena

Adapted with permission from the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. Additional translation by Manisha Khetarpal.

Citation is a way of giving credit to individuals when you use their words or ideas to support your research. Citations have enough information that a reader could find the exact source you used. Typically, this citation information includes the author's name, publication date, and other source information including the journal title or DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Citation styles are standardized ways to format citations. The citation style will determine exactly what information is necessary for a citation as well as how that information is presented, including punctuation and other formatting.

How do I choose a citation style?

Your professor will usually tell you what citation style is required for your assignment. The citation style typically depends on the academic subject area. For example:

  • APA (American Psychological Association) style is used by Nursing, Education, Psychology, and the Sciences
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) style is used by the Humanities
  • Chicago/Turabian style is generally used by History and Fine Arts
  • IEEE style is often used in Engineering

How do I get started?

There are five steps to get started with citation:

  1. Find a source that you can use in your assignment
  2. Read what it says
  3. Think about what it means
  4. Re-write it in your own words (this is called paraphrasing)
  5. Add citation to give credit for the ideas

Academic Integrity & Misconduct

What are academic integrity and misconduct at Red Deer Polytechnic?

Red Deer Polytechnic has the following policy regarding academic integrity:

Student Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct

Red Deer Polytechnic has created a guidebook to explain this policy:

Student Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct Guidebook

Preparing to Study at RDP: Academic Integrity

WATCH 

Watch the video Preparing to Study at RDP: Academic Integrity (3:27).

"Preparing to Study at RDP: Academic Integrity" by RDP Library (2021)

Permissions and Acknowledgement:

All the information and material in this guide regarding academic integrity at Red Deer Polytechnic is adapted from the Student Academic Integrity and Misconduct policy.

This guide also contains content adapted with permission from the University Library System, Univeristy of Pittsburgh and the University of Waterloo Library. If you use any of the information, please ensure to comply with the terms and conditions of use imposed by the owners or licensees of those materials.

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