Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is expected in this course, and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with what constitutes appropriate behaviour in this respect. Students are strongly encouraged to read Brock University’s academic integrity policy and the relevant section of the University Calendar.

Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are serious academic offences. Penalties range from a warning, to failure of the course with a notation on your transcripts, or suspension from university. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the rules and terms governing academic honesty.

In relation to this, it is the instructor’s responsibility to track and report plagiarism in the university. Turnitin.com is an anti-plagiarism tool that screens all assignments against a database of the internet, e-journals, e-books, a range of other scanned material including other assignments for this course. This ensures that all assignments are graded on a level playing field and means I can read your papers for ideas and content rather than as a police officer. I can spend my grading time providing all students with the feedback they deserve rather than spending inordinate amounts of time investigating the few papers that seem to present academic honesty issues.

Submitting your paper to Turnitin.com also means that it is time and date stamped and cannot be lost. The process of registering and submitting papers to turnitin.com is simple and the course password will be given to you in class. Students must submit written assignments through Turnitin.com by the due date.

Students must register by going to Turnitin.com and clicking the “create a user profile” button (below the login button), and then following the on-screen instructions. Guides on how to use Turnitin.com and how to create your account are available on the Turnitin.com website.

*Please note that if you have a principled objection to Turnitin.com, you must come and speak to me by September 15th so that alternate arrangements can be made. Students who object to using Turnitin.com will instead submit research notes, drafts and photocopies of all sources along with their papers rather than uploading their papers to the website.