Saturday, October 31, 2009

The "golden rule" at the University of Central Florida

The Golden Rule at UCF: “Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, assisting another in cheating or plagiarism, and commercial use of academic materials.”


UCF is a member of the Center for Academic Integrity [CAI] along with many other schools, such as Kansas State University, where students are required to write the school’s Honor Pledge on every exam and assignment, according to the CAI’s Web site.


Disciplinary action for a student referred to the board can result in anything from failing the class to being expelled from UCF. The student’s intent in the situation is a large factor in the board’s decision-making, Stanlick said.

“It is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing,” she said. “That would be unfair.”

Zach Frimmel, a senior English literature major, found a legal comparison. “There are levels of plagiarism, like levels of murder,” he said.

[Material taken from centralfloridafuture article by Valeri Walsh.]

NOW, cross-reference this to what is going on at the University of Virginia. Does UCF have the better idea?

University of Virginia to change definition of plagiarism?


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