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Academic Integrity & Student Conduct

All members of the University of Chicago belong to a tradition dedicated to the pursuit and cultivation of learning. A few simple principles - academic honesty, mutual respect and civility, personal responsibility - lie at the heart of our intellectual community. Each of us - students, faculty and staff - is pledged to live up to these standards and to support each others' efforts in this regard. We take these values seriously and the College Dean of Students office is committed to helping first year students in particular, our newest community members, to understand how academic honesty, mutual respect and personal responsibility enable the ongoing success of our educational mission.

Each new student is given a copy of The University of Chicago Student Manual and Doing Honest Work in College by Charles Lipson. Set aside time to read the policies on academic honesty and student conduct carefully. Don't assume that you necessarily understand what constitutes good practices for academic honesty or civic behavior: university standards are frequently different from high school. If in doubt, check with your College adviser.

Academic Honesty

Students must have a thorough understanding of the University's standards for academic honesty. Presenting another's words or ideas as your own (intentionally or unintentionally) is plagiarism and constitutes a serious offense. One way to think about your studies is as a long, sustained conversation with your contemporaries, your teachers and peers, and thinkers, writers and scientists who have gone before you. In order to make your part in this conversation clear, you must cite those whose work, contemporary or historic, has influenced your project. This doesn't necessarily detract from the individuality of your work, but it does locate you in a larger, ongoing intellectual context. For example, if your thoughts on Plato have been influenced by a class lecture or discussion, you should cite it. Similarly, you should provide citations for writings you may have come across online if they've had a role to play in your analysis of a particular topic.

Students who are confused or unsure about the proper use and acknowledgment of sources for specific assignments should consult with their instructors before submitting an assignment.

Student Conduct

All students in the College are expected to adhere to the University's expectations of good citizenship and to abide by its standards for academic integrity. This includes honoring the University policy on sexual harassment, use of technology, safety and use of facilities, and the use of alcohol and other drugs. A breach of either of these behavioral or academic standards can require the Dean of Students in the College to convene the Committee on College Discipline.

Discipline Committee

Students who engage in academic misconduct or violate the standards of the University community in other ways may be brought before the College's disciplinary committee. The Dean of Students in the College will convene the committee, which is comprised of several faculty members and two student representatives. If students are found guilty of misconduct, the disciplinary committee has the right to impose sanctions ranging from probation to suspension or expulsion.


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