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Syllabus Statements

Syllabus Statements

Faculty are encouraged to include the following statement on their syllabus and course website. It is also recommended to include additional information on academic integrity specific to the class. This might include specifying what constitutes plagiarism, what is acceptable collaboration on assignments, and when students will be asked to affirm or sign the Academic Integrity Pledge (e.g. tests, essays, etc.)

The Academic Integrity pledge is an expression of the University’s commitment to fostering an understanding of -- and commitment to -- a culture of integrity at Santa Clara University. The Academic Integrity pledge, which applies to all students, states: 

I am committed to being a person of integrity. I pledge, as a member of the Santa Clara University community, to abide by and uphold the standards of academic integrity contained in the Student Conduct Code.

Students are expected to uphold the principles of this pledge for all work in this class.

For more information about Santa Clara University's academic integrity pledge and resources about ensuring academic integrity in your work, see 

As practicing students in Science Course 101, we expect you to make proper decisions regarding academic integrity in the context of the laboratory setting. This field is by nature a collaborative science. However, we have specific expectations for how you will collaborate with your peers. In this course, data is collected by groups of students and interpreted with help from peers and the instructor; however, each student must individually put together their own graphs/tables and written analysis. A good way to do this is to collect and discuss the data with your group, but prepare your post-lab assignment individually at a later time.

On each post-lab assignment you must acknowledge all individuals who contributed to your final document. This includes your instructor and prior students in Science Course 101 for providing data, individuals of your group (full names) who helped analyze the data during our group Zoom session, and finally anyone who helped you with the data analysis outside of regular class hours. This will help you be aware of where the information for your post-lab assignments is coming from. Some examples of not complying with these expectations are below.

Examples of academic integrity violations

  • Plagiarism (presenting someone else’s analysis as your own). Reports will look slightly different as each individual will make different decisions on presentation and wording. Submitting another student’s information, even with slight modifications, is a blatant violation of academic integrity.
  • Oversharing. Sharing a document with analyzed data with another student (regardless of intent) is considered a breach of academic integrity in this course, as it is often linked with plagiarism (see above).
  • Fabricating data. The data is what it is. Any falsification of the data to skew the observed results will not be tolerated, e.g. adding additional data points, adjusting data points, removing data points, adjusting images to change results. 

Outcomes of academic integrity violations

  • Any instance of academic integrity is reported to Student Life in an academic integrity report. On its own, these reports do not have immediate consequences, but subsequent reports will be acted upon by Student Life.
  • Portions or full assignments that were plagiarized or shared will receive no credit, as we are unable to determine authorship of the content.

Santa Clara University and the Department of Communication are strong proponents of academic integrity.  Thus, I expect that all of your work will be original and produced only by you.  Therefore, any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. For this class, there is a zero-tolerance policy for academic honesty violations. If you choose to violate university standards for academic integrity, you will be subject to a sanction at the instructor’s discretion including failing the course. Plagiarism can be defined as using another’s words, ideas, materials, or work without properly acknowledging and documenting the source. There are good definitions of plagiarism available online that you should review.

Santa Clara University has specific policies relating to academic integrity that you should review.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with these policies & definitions.

You will submit an “academic integrity contract” during the first week of the class, indicating that you are aware of the policies related to academic integrity. I am unable to accept any of your written work until after that document has been signed and submitted.