Academic Integrity

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All Rhodes College students pledge to uphold the Rhodes College Honor Code: "As a member of the Rhodes community, I pledge I will not lie, cheat, or steal, and that I will report any such violation that I may witness."

History students should familiarize themselves with the College′s guidelines involving plagiarism. The Rhodes Student Handbook provides a clear definition: "′Cheating′ includes plagiarism. Plagiarism is an act of academic dishonesty. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:

  1. Quotes another person’s actual words, either oral or written.
  2. Paraphrases another person’s actual words, either oral or written.
  3. Uses another person’s idea, opinion, or theory.
  4. Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material unless the information is common knowledge.

It is the student’s responsibility to consult the professor, an Honor Council member, or writing handbooks for procedure for properly acknowledging sources."

For a more detailed discussion of plagiarism, defined by the American Historical Association as the appropriation of  "the exact wording of another author without attribution," and the borrowing of  "distinctive and significant research findings or interpretations" without proper citation, see the AHA’s Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct.