English 320:  The Short Story

Some Information on the Undergraduate Honor System at Kansas State University

 Faculty Senate policy requires me to call your attention to some specific features of the Undergraduate Honor System at Kansas State University.  The following statement is hereby incorporated into the course home page.
Kansas State University has an Undergraduate Honor System based on personal integrity which is presumed to be sufficient assurance in academic matters one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance.  Undergraduate students, by registration,  cknowledge the jurisdiction of the Undergraduate Honor System.  The policies and procedures of the Undergraduate Honor System apply to all full and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate courses on-campus, off-campus, and via distance learning.

A prominent part of the Honor System is the inclusion of the Honor Pledge which applies to all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by undergraduate students.  The Honor Pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated:  "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work."

A grade of XF can result from a breach of academic honesty.  An XF would be failure of the course with the X on the transcript indicating  failure as a result of a breach of academic honesty.

Students are understandably uncertain about what exactly counts as the particular sorts of conduct that can land them in these sorts of difficulties.  It is also helpful to have it spelled out how easy it is to avoid it.  The following are the definitions in force at Kansas State University at the moment.  They are excerpts from Section II of Appendix F of the Faculty Handbook.  Since important principles to be found there also concern faculty obligations in acknowledging students' work, I have included them here as well.

All academic relationships ought to be governed by a sense of honor, fair play, trust, and a readiness to give appropriate credit to the intellectual endeavors of others where such credit is due. Because the academic community expects that the process of intellectual and creative endeavor is beneficial to a student, the student's original work, created in response to each assignment, is normally expected. ...

A.  Cheating:   Plagiarism.

1.  Definition of plagiarism.
a.  "Plagiarism is the academic and literary equivalent of robbery, taking somebody else's property. If you copy somebody's test answers,    take an essay from a magazine and pass it off as your own, lift a well-phrased sentence or two and include them without crediting the author or using quotation marks, or even pass off somebody's good ideas as examples of your own genius, you are guilty of  intellectual thievery. If you are caught you should expect punishment or contempt or both."  Quote from Robert M. Gorrell and Charlton Laid, Modern English Handbook, 6th edition (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1976), p. 71.

b.  Plagiarism covers unpublished as well as published sources; borrowing another's term paper, handing in as one's own work a paper purchased from an individual or agency, or submitting as one's own papers from living group, club, or organization files; all are punishable as plagiarism.

You can find additional information on the Undergraduate Honor Policy at Kansas State University at the following site:  http://www.ksu.edu/honor/.