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Academic Integrity: Academic Dishonesty

This guide has been created to provide you with quick access to resources on the topic of Academic Integrity.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic dishonesty is an intentional, reckless, careless, or improper act for the purpose of obtaining an academic advantage, credential, admission, or credit by deception or fraudulent means. It can include, but is not limited to “cheating” (NSCC, 2021).

Examples of Academic Dishonesty include:

  • Copying the work of another person

  • Doing work for another student

  • Using or consulting any unauthorized source or materials

  • Using one’s own work for more than one class without permission

  • Collaborating on work that is assigned to be done independently

  • Plagiarism

How Not to Plagiarize

Bainbridge State College. (2010). Plagiarism: How to avoid it [Video]. YouTube.

There are many practices that can support you and help you avoid accusations of plagiarism.

Below are several best practices. Some are hyperlinked to the related NSCC Subject Guide on that topic.


Know Your Course Outline

If you are unsure about expectations, ask your faculty.

Work Independently

Clarify what is expected in group work or projects and create a positive working relationship with your team members.

Time Management

Don’t wait until the night before to begin an assignment.

Acknowledge Others

Acknowledge the contribution of others using a citation style such as APA Style (7th ed.).

Organize Your Research

Keep a working draft of all your assignments and track your sources.

Talk To Your Faculty And Supports

Talk with your instructor or visit the Libraries & Learning Commons for research and writing assistance.

Adhere To Intellectual Property And Copyright

Refer to Copyright @ NSCC to learn more about copyright.

Contact The Writing Center

Learn to quote, paraphrase and summarize properly.

The Learning Portal. (2016, August 30). Why use a weekly schedule [Video]? YouTube.

The Learning Portal. (2016, August 31). How to get the most out of your study time [Video]. YouTube.

Practicing integrity in our academic work should not stop when we leave NSCC. It is essential that we continue to demonstrate this fundamental value in our professional lives. Below are some cases of plagiarism that have significantly impacted the careers and futures of those involved: