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Academic Integrity and Honor

Resources for faculty and students to guide academic integrity and plagiarism understanding

Otterbein University-Plagiarism Guide (2021)


Plagiarism at Otterbein Written by members of the Otterbein Writing Intensive Advisory Committee AY 2021-2022 (Meredith Meyer, Kathryn Plank, Regina Kengla, Kyle Eveleth, Margaret Koehler, Carrigan Hayes, Carrie Scheckelhoff, and Rares Piloiu)

Preventing Unintentional Plagiarism




Natural Sciences (examples include Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Social Sciences (examples include Psychology and Sociology)

What is academic integrity?
Academic integrity is the commitment to and demonstration of honest and moral behavior in an academic setting. This is most relevant at the university level as it relates to providing credit to other people when using their ideas. In simplest terms, it requires acknowledging the contributions of other people. Failure to provide such acknowledgement is considered plagiarism. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

*Image courtesy of Frank Cammuso and The Post-Standard

What is Academic Integrity, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



  1. Integrity and values of the students and the university
    (e.g., the Purdue Honor Pledge
  2. Academic policy: (Otterbein Campus Life Handbook)
  3. Personal and Professional consequences: What else is at stake if students plagiarize or cheat?  Their reputation, their credibility, their need for references from faculty, authentic preparation for work in their field if they don’t really know their subject matter in the major or the skills and knowledge taught in the Gen Ed courses.

Otterbein University Policy

 Click below to view Otterbein's Judicial Policies and check the Plagiarism, Cheating, and Dishonesty section. There are serious consequences for these acts.

Academic Honesty-policies and guidelines