(Extracted from AIT Faculty Bulletin 2007-2009 and from the AIT Academic Bulletin and Handbook 2007-2009)
Academic Integrity Policy
The University is an academic community whose mission is to promote scholarship through the acquisition, preservation and transmission of knowledge. Fundamental to this goal is the institution’s dedication to academic integrity. Providing an atmosphere that promotes honesty and the free exchange of ideas is the essence of academic integrity. In this setting all members of the University have an obligation to uphold high intellectual and ethical standards.
It is the responsibility of the faculty to impart not only knowledge but also respect for knowledge. It is also the professional responsibility of all faculty members of AIT to explain the importance of honesty and respect for knowledge in order to ensure an academic environment that encourages integrity.
The AIT community takes seriously its responsibilities regarding academic honesty. Academic integrity is absolutely essential to ensure the validity of the grading system and maintain high standards of academic excellence. In addition, all members of the AIT community, including faculty, must exhibit behaviors exemplifying academic honesty and encourage such behaviors in others.
To establish such an environment, students must recognize that they are responsible for their own learning. Specifically, it is the responsibility of students to protect their own work from inappropriate use by others and to protect the work of other people by providing proper citation of ideas and research findings to the appropriate source. This includes the obligation to preserve all educational resources, thereby permitting full and equal access to knowledge.
Violations of Academic Integrity
A violation of academic integrity as an instance of academic dishonesty can occur in many ways. At AIT instances of academic dishonesty are:
Plagiarism involves using the work of another person and presenting it as one’s own. Acts of plagiarism include copying parts of a document without acknowledging and providing the source for each quotation or piece of borrowed material. The rules against plagiarism apply whatever the source of the work relied upon may be, whether printed, stored on a compact disc or other media, found on the Web/Internet. Students are expected to submit and present work that is their own with proper documentation and acknowledgment when the work of others is consulted and used.
Using or extracting another person’s concepts, experimental results or conclusions, summarizing another person’s work or, where there is collaborative preparatory work, submitting substantially the same final version of any material as another person constitutes plagiarism. It is the responsibility of the person writing to make sure that he/she acknowledges within the writing where the “sourced” information, ideas and facts come from.
The basic principles are that you should not attempt to pass off the work of another person as your own, and it should be possible for a reader to check the information and ideas that you have used by going to the original source material. Acknowledgment should be sufficiently accurate to enable the source to be located speedily.