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Academic Integrity Policy

The following statement was created with reference to majors in the Department of Communication, Media and Arts; however, its principles and standards apply to all students enrolled in departmental courses.

Honesty, responsibility and ethical conduct are absolutely essential for the study of communication. Department of Communication, Media and Arts considers any form of cheating or plagiarism to be diametrically opposed to what we stand for. We will not allow cheaters to enter the media with the credentials of a degree in communication from Seton Hall. The following policy is in keeping with University policy and may be enforced by any communication faculty member as he or she sees fit.

"Cheating and plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated in any Communication, Media and Arts course and will be dealt with severely. Cheating on any test, paper, or other project will, at the discretion of the instructor, result in failure for that assignment, no-credit [ zero] for that assignment, failure for the course, and/or further disciplinary action at the program, College, and/or University levels. Such further action may include expulsion from the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media after review.

The Department of Communication, Media and Arts' policy defines academic dishonesty as including, "but not limited to, cheating on tests and other course assignments and providing or receiving information without acknowledging the source. Cheating by plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, copying of text or research assignments, using another person's papers, research or assignments without citation, and representing work as the student's own, which is, in actuality, another's work."

Web material which is not fully credited is considered plagiarized. 

The Department of Communication, Media and Arts policy says: "Record of failure of a course because of cheating or plagiarism will be kept on file by the Dean's Office. Subsequent cheating or plagiarism will result in a recommendation of expulsion from the University."

Instructors may set per-course policies in the area of academic honesty by stating such policies clearly on the syllabus handed out in the first week of classes. Such per-course policies will take precedence over the policies stated herein.