Intellectual Indebtedness and Academic Integrity


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Intellectual Indebtedness and Academic Integrity

Students enrolled in Athabasca University courses are considered to be responsible scholars and are therefore expected to adhere rigorously to the principles of academic integrity both in assignments and tests. In order to maintain test question security, duplication or sharing of quiz and test questions is not permitted. Please read the Athabasca University Student Academic Misconduct Policy.

Plagiarism is a form of intellectual dishonesty in which another person’s work is presented as one’s own. Be certain that whenever you use a secondary source in your course work and assignments you reference your source in a consistent and logical manner. All direct quotes (quotations of any number of words from the original) and indirect quotes (paraphrased ideas) must be acknowledged. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism, and as with any form of academic misconduct, it will be penalized. Penalties may take the form of rejection of the submitted work; expulsion from the examination, the course or the program; or legal action, depending on the specific nature of the infraction.

Dutiful citation of quotes and paraphrased materials does not mean that you can write an essay assignment by stringing together a series of quotes. You should always try to summarize or describe someone else’s ideas in your own words. When you present your own ideas or opinions in a paper, provide evidence or arguments to substantiate your position. For information about the reference and citation styles of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA [6th ed.]), and how to write scholarly papers, visit Athabasca University’s Library Help Centre.

All written assignments in this course must:

  • use correct spelling and grammar;
  • adhere to APA format, as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association;
  • be your own work and be free of evidence of plagiarism;
  • use Microsoft Word (or Microsoft Word compatible) format; and
  • be submitted via the Assignment Drop Box.

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