Policy on Academic Honesty and Dishonesty (Plagiarism)

(Revised by the Tyndale Seminary Faculty, April 16, 2003)

Academic Honesty

Tyndale expects every student to conform to the highest standard of ethics in the completion of all their assignments. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IS A SERIOUS MATTER.

1. Honesty in written and verbal assignments requires a balance between using words and ideas that are part of the common domain and careful ascription of borrowed ideas and words. Ideas and words of others may be used only with acknowledgment. Failure to do so is plagiarism — the literary version of stealing.

2. The most obvious form of plagiarism is the direct quotation of words without quotation marks, parenthetical ascription, footnote, or endnote. Less obvious forms of plagiarism consist of paraphrases of another`s words and the use of an opinion with no reference to the source.

3. Academic dishonesty also includes the submission of work for which previous credit was given, the submission of work under one`s own name which is largely the result of another person`s efforts, aiding another`s dishonesty, cheating on exams, and giving false information for purpose of gaining admission, credits, etc.

4. The submission of one paper for two courses is not permitted. Approval of faculty is required for an expanded paper, on a project common to two courses of study, to be acceptable.

5. Aiding and abetting in plagiarism will result in the same penalties as described below.

Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

See Academic Calendar

How to integrate sources and avoid plagiarism: see resources at the Tyndale's Centre for Academic Excellence.