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There are two primary applications
of the Honor Code for this course:
- Desire2Learn Gradebook
addition, this Honor Code requires that you must not commit any form of plagiarism
in creating your Wikipedia Editing Project. You are expected to be familiar with the Provost's
policies on Student
Academic Integrity. If you have any questions about how
to avoid plagiarism, please review the Provost's
guidelines; or ask me
- You are responsible for recording
the completion of most of your assignments in the Desire2Learn gradebook.
You do this under an Honor Code, which means you will honestly represent
your efforts when you report your work at Desire2Learn.
- NEVER complete
a Gradebook declaration before the assignment is completed! For example,
do not declare that you have posted an essay at Confluence when you have only
written that essay in a document on your computer but have not yet uploaded
it to Confluence.
- The Desire2Learn Gradebook
will be closely monitored. In any given week, I will check a minimum
of between one-third and one-half of the entries in the gradebook to make
sure that the entries are accurate. Every student's declarations will be
checked multiple times throughout the semester. If any irregularity appears,
all of the student's previous assignments will be checked. So,
please do not abuse this system. It is not worth the risk.
- Violations of the Honor
Code will be treated severely; no exceptions. I understand the sense
of desperation that sometimes drives people to make poor decisions. However,
the very fabric of this course depends upon student integrity in following
the Honor Code, so the Honor Code must be enforced with impartiality. There
will be no exceptions, not even for extenuating circumstances. Please, just
don't do it!
- First offense:
If you make a false gradebook declaration or claim credit for work that you
did not complete or that you copied from another source without giving credit,
you will receive a zero for that assignment and your final grade in the class
will be lowered one letter grade. For example, if you would
have received an "A" at the end of the semester, you will be given
a "B", and so on.
- Second offense:
If there is a second incident, a failing grade (F) will result and your
case will be referred to the Provost. The Provost will impose an appropriate
sanction ranging from an official reprimand for academic misconduct noted
on your permanent transcript, to expulsion from OU. Please do not violate
this Honor Code; it is not worth the risk!
do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." Mark Twain
- Confusion is not a legitimate
excuse. Please feel free to ask questions! If you have any doubts
about the grade you have recorded for yourself in the Desire2Learn gradebook,
please send me an email
at the time that you post your grade. If you have questions
about possible plagiarism,
please write and ask me about the situation. It is much better to be safe
than sorry -- so if there is anything unusual about the work
you have done or the circumstances in which you are reporting the completion
of your work, please check with me.
- Tip: One of the best
ways to avoid accidental plagiarism is to write your web project and other
assignments in a creative style. If you rephrase content into a dialogue format,
for example, it will be more difficult to be guilty of an unintentional "copy
and paste" form of plagiarism.
- Really? You mean that I could have my semester grade lowered by one
letter if I cut-and-paste a sentence or two from another source into my web
project, and forget to put it in quotation marks or add a bibliographic citation?
Yes. Practice disciplined research and writing habits so that you will not
accidentally make such a huge mistake!