Writing Standards at BSOP

By | November 4, 2015

Honesty Standards

Any information not original to the student must be cited in an acceptable format found in the current edition of Kate Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Use of information or material from outside sources without proper citation is plagiarism and is grounds for disciplinary action.

Students are to take these into account:

Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, material, or study aids in examinations or other academic work, or preventing or attempting to prevent another from using authorized assistance, material, or study aids. Examples: using a cheat sheet in an exam; altering a graded exam and resubmitting it for a better grade, and so on.

Plagiarism: Using the ideas, data, or language of another without specific and proper acknowledgement. Examples: misrepresenting another’s work (paper, report, article, or computer work) as one’s own original creation and submitting it for an assignment; using some else’s ideas without attribution; failing to cite a reference or to use quotation marks where appropriate, and so on.

Fabrication: Submitting contrived or altered information in any academic exercise. Examples: making up data; fudging data; citing nonexistent or irrelevant articles, and so on.

Multiple Submissions: Submitting, without prior permission, any work submitted to fulfill another academic requirement. Example: submitting as your dissertation work done for some other purpose at another institution without the committee’s express prior approval.

Computer Crimes: Damaging or modifying computer programs without permission. Examples: piracy of copyright protected software; hacking; constructing viruses; knowingly introducing viruses into a system; copying programs and data belonging to others, and so on.


Adapted from Trinity College and Theological Seminary