Academic Honesty at St. George's

Becoming an ethical decision-maker is at the core of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  In an effort to educate our students on their fundamental responsibilities in an academic environment, the Collierville faculty has adopted these definitions of Academic Dishonesty.  The Definitions are included in important assignments and discussed in advisory meetings and classes so students can attain a clear understanding of their individual meanings.  We believe this type of awareness, along with sound pedagogical practices, will empower students to make the right decision when choices arise.   


A St. George's student is honest, dependable, respectful.
A St. George's student does not lie, cheat, steal, or excuse those behaviors in others. 

Academic dishonesty is a violation of the St. George’s Honor Code. Violations include but are not limited to:


Cheating is engaging in any activity or practice that provides an unfair advantage on an assignment or class event.  Assisting someone else gain an unfair advantage is also considered cheating. 

Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:

  • Looking at or attempting to read another student’s paper during an assessment or knowingly allowing someone to look at your work
  • Gaining knowledge of (or providing) quiz or test questions before the assessment is given
  • Possessing  any aids during an assessment which are not expressly permitted
  • Keeping, possessing, using, or circulating previously given assignments or assessments when they are to be returned to the teacher
  • Collaborating on an individual assignment without the permission of the teacher, and in the case of a group assignment, collaboration between groups without the permission of the teacher
  • Working on an assignment outside of the allotted time
  • Stating an assignment was complete when it was not
  • Lying to a faculty member in order to gain extended time for an assignment
  • Falsifying documents or information such as permission letters or parent notes
  • Citing a source that does not exist
  • Citing a source in a bibliography or works cited when it was neither consulted nor used in the paper
  • Fabricating or borrowing data, information, or statistical results used in an assignment
  • Providing false or incomplete information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic dishonesty



Plagiarism is using another person’s ideas, expressions or words without giving proper credit to the source. 

Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • Failing to  completely and correctly cite a source, deliberately or accidentally
  • Intentionally presenting the words or ideas of others as your own work for some personal gain
  • Paraphrasing or summarizing the contents of another person’s text without sufficient reference to the source
  • Submission of work that is not yours
  • Submission of work that has already been created for another class
  • Using another person or organization to prepare work which you submit as your own
  • Failing to use quotation marks in the text when a direct quotation has been made, even if a correct reference to the source has been included


Abuse of the Collaborative Process

The collaborative work process involves the principle of the sharing of an equal burden of thought and effort among students assigned or authorized to work together.  Abuse of the collaborative work process is the reliance of an individual upon the efforts of others to seek an academic benefit greater than an appropriate result of his/her own effort.

Examples of abusing the collaborative process include, but are not limited to:

  • Simply copying someone else’s work when allowed to do classwork or homework with others
  • Not assuming responsibility for a commensurate percentage of the work in a group project
  • Taking undo credit for work done by others in the group
  • Having another person complete your portion of a group assignment 
  • Lying about the level of your participation or misrepresenting your role in a group assignment 


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