Skip to main content
Message from the Dean
Academic Integrity Requirements
Archive of Retired Programs
Environmental and Occupational Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Health Policy and Management
Prevention and Community Health
Undergraduate Public Health
Organized Research Units
SPH Office of Research Excellence
Research Computing Resources
Research Accelerator! Blog
GW Office of the Vice President of Research
950 New Hampshire Avenue
2175 K Street
Directions and Parking
Make a Gift
Ways to Give
Donors Making a Difference
Frequently Asked Questions
SPH Development Staff
You are here
The Code of Academic Integrity (the "Code") is in place to:
a. promote academic honesty
b. uphold mutual respect
c. uphold moral integrity
d. all of the above
Academic dishonesty is defined as:
a. cheating of any kind, including misrepresenting one's own work
b. taking credit for the work of others without crediting them and without appropriate authorization
c. the fabrication of information
d. all of the above
Examples of cheating include:
a. submitting work for an in-class examination that has been prepared in advance
b. submitting the same work in more than one course without prior permission of both instructors
c. copying from another student's examination
d. a, b, and c
e. c only
Fabrication is defined as:
a. intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any data, information, or citation in an academic exercise
b. use of materials that are available on the internet, but do not include an author's name
c. providing information to other students about assignments or exams from previous semesters
Identifying Violations of the Code
Which of the following is NOT an example of plagiarism?
a. using the work of others to support your own research and claims
b. intentionally representing the words, ideas, or sequence of ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise
c. failure to attribute direct quotations, paraphrases, or borrowed information
Other examples of violations of the Code include:
a. knowingly making a false statement
b. concealing material information in a violation inquiry
c. forging a University official's signature on any University academic document or record
d. all of the above
Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty:
a. is a violation of the Code
b. is not a violation of the Code unless I get caught
c. is not a violation of the Code because the person who committed the act is the one who violated the Code
Setting the parameters for academic assignments and methods of examination is the sole responsibility of:
a. the instructor of the course
b. the chair of the department
c. the dean of the school
d. the university
Applying The Code
Aaron was up late studying for his epidemiology final when his housemate, Martin, came in and asked what he was doing. When Aaron told him which class he was studying for and the name of the professor, Martin gave him a file containing materials from last semester's class, including previous exams. According to the Code, if Aaron uses Martin's materials it is:
a. Acceptable as long as Aaron uses the materials for study purposes only and does not present any of Martin's original written work on the new test as Aaron's own.
b. Not acceptable since he is getting a look at previous tests and the professor may not have changed the test from the previous semester.
c. questionable, since it is unclear in this scenario if the materials fall under the "unauthorized materials" definition in the Code
Stacey was asked to perform a literature review of effective smoking cessation interventions using at least 10 sources. While looking for primary research articles, she found a relevant review article of the most effective smoking cessation interventions. Instead of looking into each intervention, she translated the review article into her own words and cited the review's sources as her own. According to the Code, Stacey's paper is:
a. Acceptable since Stacey translated the review into her own language.
b. Unacceptable since Stacey falsely represented the research conducted as her own, when in fact the research was conducted by others.
Latasha and Sam form a study group to prepare for an upcoming exam. They quiz each other on possible questions and develop the best answers they can, which they practice together. Both memorize the answers they have developed, which they then write where appropriate on the exam. According to the Code, Latasha and Sam's study methods are:
a. Acceptable since they are developing original answers to the questions.
b. Acceptable because student collaboration is encouraged unless the instructor has stated that independent work is required.
c. Not acceptable because by memorizing the same exact words they have not provided original answers.
Marcus writes a paper that he is very proud of and the paper receives an "A." In subsequent courses at the University, he turns in the same paper, altering the title, the introduction, and the conclusion a bit to meet the particular requirements of the professor and the course. According to the Code, the reuse of Marcus' papers is:
a. Acceptable because Marcus wrote them and is allowed to use his own work for any purpose.
b. Unacceptable because it was not written specifically for the course Marcus is using it for.
Daniela notices what appears to be a student cheating on an exam. She sees him copying answers off a sheet of paper that he brought in with him. She considers telling the professor, especially because the exam will be graded on a curve. But Daniela decides not to report her fellow student to the professor because it seems juvenile to complain to the professor. According to GW's Code of Academic Integrity, Daniela has:
a. A moral responsibility to report the cheating student.
b No responsibility because she did not violate the code.
Stacy ran out of time to write her mid-term paper, but found several great articles published on her topic. She wrote a good introduction and conclusion, but the rest of the paper was directly quoted (using quotation marks) from the articles. She was careful to cite the information and attribute the materials to the correct authors. Stacy is:
a. in violation of the Code because she quoted too much material
b. not in violation of the Code because she cited all her sources.
c. not in violation of the Code because she cited all her sources, but is demonstrating poor academic performance by not making enough time for the assignment and not making the majority of the paper her own original work
Eknath was given a take home exam by his professor. He used the internet to research for the exam. Many sites had exactly the information he needed, so he reworked the information and put it into his exam. He did not cite the web pages because there were not clear authors and he changed up the wording. Eknath is:
a. in violation of the Code because he misrepresented others' work as his own
b. not in violation of the Code because there was no need to cite this information because he did not take it word-for-word
c. not in violation of the Code because most of the web pages did not have clear authors, so he didn't have anyone to credit with the information