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Building a community of trust

Student News | Friday, October 1, 2021

Columbus State is committed to making sure our students go into the world with the knowledge and skills needed for success. Academic integrity is about making responsible and honest decisions, submitting work that is all your own, and acknowledging the use of others’ work. As a student, you play a pivotal part by committing to the learning process, taking responsibility for academic integrity, and understanding the guidelines and rules each instructor has to build a community of mutual trust.

Important questions to ask include:

  • Do I understand my instructor’s guidelines for this assignment, test, or exam, including:
    • *Can I use the textbook or other class resources?
    • *Can I use additional resources (i.e., the internet or exam notes)?
    • *Are students permitted to collaborate on this test/assignment?
  • If I do not understand, have I approached my instructor(s) for clarification?
  • Does the work I’m submitting represent only my own thoughts, ideas, and understanding of the course material? 
  • If I have used other sources or other’s ideas, have I cited them correctly?
  • Do I understand that most course materials that faculty members post are copyrighted and belong to the college/faculty member and should not be shared? 

Academic integrity guidelines can differ by instructor, class, and even from assignment to assignment. In addition, the online learning environment has added new considerations to the topics of academic integrity and misconduct. Be sure to check each instructor’s syllabus and course announcements and ask further questions to ensure you have the information you need. Understanding and abiding by what’s expected is an important part of building and maintaining trust throughout our academic community. 

For more information about Academic Integrity, search for the following free videos, which are available at this link. (Sign in using your Columbus State email and password.)

  • Academic Integrity: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism


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