By participating in the Analytical Writing course, you are declaring that you will do your own work. According to the UC San Diego Policy on Integrity of Scholarship, you shall not “engage in any activity that involves attempting to receive a grade by means other than honest effort.” According to the policy, you are not allowed to:
- Complete, in part or in total, any assignment for another person;
- Have any of your course work be completed, in part or in total, by someone else;
- Plagiarize or copy even part of the work of another person or source and submit it as your own work;
- Employ aids excluded by the instructor in completing any assignment;
- Alter graded class assignments, then resubmit them for re-grading;
- Submit substantially the same material in more than one course without prior authorization; and
- Misrepresent, to your instructor, any aspect of your writing process, or any reasons for your absences or late work. Lying to your instructor for any reason is a violation of the university’s academic integrity policy. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to your work and to your behavior in this class.
Doing your own work is essential so that your instructor can assess your writing challenges and help you address them. Students may not use unauthorized aids, sources, or websites of any kind. Students also may not get inappropriate help, which includes having others write or edit your papers for you. If you haven’t done your own work, your instructor is likely to see that there is a discrepancy between your out-of-class written work and the writing we ask you to do “on the spot” in class. Should your instructor have reason to believe that you are getting inappropriate help, you may be charged with violating the university’s academic integrity policy, and your portfolio might fail. Be careful when you are using sources: if you patchwrite (paraphrase sloppily) or aren’t careful about citing the sources you are drawing from, you could be charged with academic dishonesty, even if you did not intend to plagiarize. If you have any questions about how to complete this particular course with integrity, please ask your instructor.