Every student at UTPA is expected to exercise independent thought and expression as he or she strives for academic achievement. Incorporated in the quest for intellectual growth are the expectations of honesty, originality in written and oral expression, a respect for the exchange of ideas, and acknowledgement and recognition of the abilities and contributions of others. The following information is provided as a guide to assist students with a variety of academic integrity issues.
Daily Assignments and Homework
- Presume the assignment requires individual, independent work.
- Group or study-buddy work should be clearly identified on the course syllabus. If in doubt, ask.
- Turn your materials in on time and in the proper format (hard copy, electronic, etc.).
- Retain confirmation of document delivery if submitted electronically.
Essays and Significant Class Paper
- Begin your research as soon as the paper is assigned.
- Make notes of your readings and properly identify the source of the information.
- Prepare several draft documents. Remember to give credit to source of the information.
- Ask the professor what style of citation they prefer (MLA, Chicago style, APA, etc.).
- Use quotation marks and proper footnotes where applicable, regardless of academic subject.
- Protect your work from others.
- Lock your computer if you step away.
- Avoid storing your information on someone else’s computer. They may not be as trustworthy as you think.
- Be certain to put your name or identifying number on your paper.
- Turn in your assignment on time and in the manner prescribed by your professor (hard copy, electronic, etc.).
- Save your drafts and research notes until the paper has received a final grade.
ExaminationsBe prepared to:
- Leave all personal belongings at the front of the room – including cell phones (Turn them off or don’t bring them at all. Be respectful of your fellow students.).
- Present your Bronc Card for identification if requested.
- Remove your hat.
- Keep your eyes on your own paper during the exam, and protect your responses from inquisitive neighbors.
- Don’t even consider using unauthorized materials, writing on body parts or gesturing hand signals with classmates.
- Sharing exam information, questions or answers with other students is a form of academic dishonesty.