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Understanding Plagiarism: Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity at Piedmont College

Honor Pledge

All students, by their enrollment at Piedmont College, commit to the Honor Pledge: 

The Piedmont College community emphasizes high ethical standards for its members. Accordingly, I promise to refrain from acts of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, and to uphold the Academic Integrity Policy in all endeavors at Piedmont College.

Academic Integrity Policy

In accordance with the Mission Statement of Piedmont College, it is the responsibility of each member of the Piedmont College community to promote an atmosphere of academic integrity and an understanding of intellectual honesty that adheres to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.

To protect intellectual and scholarly integrity, the College imposes strict penalties for academic dishonesty, which is defined as follows:

  • Cheating — intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Fabrication — intentional and unauthorized invention or falsification of any information or citation in an academic exercise or altering official college records or documents.
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty — intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  • Plagiarism — intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Piedmont College. Piedmont College, Demorest and Athens : Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog, 2010–2011. pp. 38.

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