We recognize that standards of academic integrity vary in different parts of the world and that the expectations we hold in the United States and at UB may be new to you. Misunderstanding of academic integrity standards is not a valid reason to violate them. Please use this website as a resource and reach out to the Office of Academic Integrity or your individual instructors if you have questions.
|Acceptable Behavior||Unacceptable Behavior|
Asking your professor for help.
Using Chegg, CourseHero, or other websites to get answers to questions you are supposed to answer on your own.
Asking your TA for help.
Getting work from friends who have taken the class before.
Asking a friend to explain a concept.
Copying a friend’s work.
Scheduling a session with a campus-approved tutor (departmental tutor, TASS, CEW).
Paying a service to write a paper or complete an assignment for you.
Watching instructional videos online, as long as these are not prohibited by your instructor (e.g., Khan Academy).
Googling answers online.
Accessing whatever resources your instructor recommends.
Posting your instructor’s materials to any space (website, social media, text message, etc.).
Violations of academic integrity occur when we fail to adhere to the general principles outlined above. More generally, we need to respect and give due credit to the work and ideas of others. And we must faithfully represent to others our own efforts in any work we submit. In general, we offer the following advice in order to avoid violating the academic integrity policy:
Some types of academic integrity violations are obvious: buying a ready-made term paper and turning it in as your own or copying test answers during an exam. However, other violations may be less obvious. For example, not all instructors allow students to collaborate on homework or receive substantial help from others on projects. When in doubt, discuss the matter with your instructor, just to be sure.
|Common U.S. Academic Integrity Norms||Common International Academic Integrity Norms|
Actively pursuing and creating knowledge.
Critiquing others’ ideas and questioning authorities.
Creating new documents which push knowledge boundaries.
Practice by summarizing others’ works.
Individual submission of assignments.
Group studying and sharing of notes and other materials.