Academic Honesty

As members of an academic community, we all have a responsibility to act with integrity, which means, for example, behaving ethically and honestly inside and outside the classroom, during exams, and when we prepare homework and writing assignments. The rules of academic honesty, and what constitutes cheating and plagiarism, may be different in different countries. In the U.S., when your name is at the top of an class assignment, it means that you – and you alone – have created the work. Many instructors encourage collaboration and research on some assignments, so in this section, we will discuss how to acknowledge other people’s contributions to your work.

Before you begin this section, read HCC’s Academic Honesty Procedure 10.02.01 from the college website. Can you summarize the main points of the college’s position on academic honesty?


Note: After you read this section on Academic Honesty, you may still have questions about academic integrity. Our HCC librarians have created a resource to help you. You may want to bookmark this for future reference in your academic career: Fair Use and Academic Honesty (opens in new tab).



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