The Illinois Student Code should be considered as a part of the courses’ syllabus. Students should pay particular attention to Article 1, Part 4: Academic Integrity. Read the Code at the following URL: https://studentcode.illinois.edu/
Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade. Every student is expected to review and abide by the Academic Integrity Policy: https://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1/part4/1-401/
All the work you do in this course is very visible. Not only is plagiarism a terrible idea; it will be obvious in ways that is not obvious in traditional course formats because your work will be seen by many eyes. Fortunately, for these reasons, we experience very little plagiarism in our courses. However, just in case, here are some rules, additional to the University’s standard rules.
- Citing Peers: This is a collaborative knowledge community. We want you to learn from each other’s work, as much as from the resources that we provide and that you identify. When you have learned something from a course participant, please cite the source. This might be an update they have made, or a peer-reviewed work. Include author, title, and a weblink as your citation.
- Self-Plagiarism: Do not self-plagiarize, or copy work from previous updates or works, or other courses. All work must be new. If you want to refer to earlier work, cite it, including author, title, and a weblink as your reference.
- Generic Evaluations: Do not copy/paste generic review text or annotations (an old teacher’s trick, we know, when faced with the chore of grading). Comments and annotations must be tailored to a specific work.
- Responsibility to Report: If you notice any problems with a work or the reviews you receive (for instance, plagiarism or reviews which are cut/pasted or offensive), you must inform the teaching assistant or instructor, no matter how uncomfortable you may feel to do this. This is for the sake of the offender as much as anything else—offending in another place may have even more serious consequences.