Academic Honesty


The NDSU website states university policy on academic honesty. In this course I adhere to the letter and spirit of that policy. This syllabus adds to and specifies within that policy and in no way supplants it.


Digital communications and learning at a distance pose the ethical questions of scholastic honesty in new ways. They are the same old questions, but the opportunities of the media also are opportunities for abuse. You are asked to carry on regular participation and to submit assignments using the Internet. In fact, all the work you do is out there on your own, unsupervised. Anyone could cheat on this, could have someone else send the required assignments, and in many cases get away with it. There are three things to keep in mind about this.


1.      Cheating is possible, often with impunity, on any assignment not done under in-class supervision. The Internet is conceptually no different in this regard. It's just that people have a sort of anything-goes attitude about the Internet that sometimes affects behavior.

2.      There is every chance that someone who cheats will get tripped up. We read the stuff that comes in. Instructors notice anomalies and are capable of catching plagiarists. A cheater, too, who has someone else do his work for him by that very act puts himself at risk of getting caught. (Oh, you’re thinking, this person—perhaps an intimate acquaintance—this person would never turn me in! If you’re thinking that, then you are naïve about matters of the heart.)

3.      Honesty and dishonesty have their own rewards.


Academic dishonesty is neither expected nor tolerated. Academic dishonesty, as far as this course is concerned, includes


·         Plagiarism, commonly defined as "presenting the words, thoughts, or ideas of another person as your own."

·         Letting someone else do your work for you.

·         Helping anyone else commit an act of academic dishonesty.


Students caught cheating will receive a 0 on the assignment. In such cases university policies of notification will be followed, including notice to the dean of the student's college. Academic dishonesty can be cause for suspension or dismissal from the university.


If you have any questions about matters of academic honesty or dishonesty, contact your instructor right away.