Week 1: Academic Integrity
Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught. —J.C. Watts (American politician and Canadian Football player from Oklahoma)
Personal integrity is where academic integrity begins, but not everyone considers "right" and "wrong" in their daily lives. Consider what you would do in either of the following scenarios:
Scenario 1: You arrive at a crowded movie theater with your young daughter. You see that children under the age of 5 are admitted for half price. You're sure that your child can pass for a 4-year-old even though she celebrated her 5th birthday a couple of months ago. Do you try to have her admitted for half price? Or do you pay full price?
Scenario 2: You're tired. It's late at night. You're reading a fairly obscure book, one that your instructor is likely unfamiliar with. You are seized with the temptation to copy a paragraph or two from the book, if not word for word, then nearly so. Do you give in to temptation?
What is the right thing to do? What are the consequences? Will your decision have more far reaching effects than simply getting a cheap movie ticket or finishing your schoolwork?
This week, you will learn more about what exactly constitutes academic integrity and why it is an important issue for you and Walden University.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
Explain the importance of academic integrity
Demonstrate understanding of Walden University policies regarding academic integrity
Analyze the meaning of an Originality Report from Turnitin.com (Application)
Understand concepts related to academic integrity (Quiz)
Academic Integrity is very important at Walden University. Everybody looks at ethical behavior differently but Walden makes sure that violations of academic integrity don't happen. (Walden writing center, 2012)
Everyone who comes to Walden agrees to respect the code of conduct. Student's work is checked often by turnitin for plagiarism.
Plagiarism can happen in several forms. Lack of citations and incorrect paraphrasing are two of them. Students can avoid plagiarism by following rules of the APA. (Walden University Student Handbook, 2012)
Walden thinks that academic integrity is very important for every students intellectual growth. The university hopes that students will contact their faculty mentor, course instructor or academic advisor, if they have any questions or concerns. (Walden University Student Handbook, 2012)
Walden University Student Handbook (2012)
The Walden Writing Center (2012)
Please proceed to the Learning Resources.
Be sure you do the following as early in the first week as possible:
Read the Course Introduction.
Read and print out the Syllabus.
Save and print the Discussion and Application evaluation criteria in the Course Information section.
If any of your texts are missing, incorrect, or damaged, please contact MBS Direct Customer Service by calling toll free 1-800-325-3252, or sending an e-mail t..B@mbsbooks.com.
Read all of the other information