Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity


The HU’s Academic Honesty Policy defines cheating and plagiarism and outlines the penalties for abuse of the Academic Honesty Policy. The faculty is encouraged to provide a statement on Academic Integrity in their syllabi, and a statement on how this policy will be enforced. Students, faculty and staff will exhibit the utmost personal and professional integrity in the pursuit of work and will not in any way misrepresent the work of others as their own. A student will be properly registered in each class the student attends and will not complete assignments in place of and for the benefit of another student. Every student should be able to expect that their work will not be copied by any other student and that their work will be safe from theft or vandalism.


The Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity states:
Academic integrity means that university staff and students, in their teaching and learning are expected to treat others honestly, fairly and with respect. It is not acceptable to mistreat academic, intellectual or creative work or design that has been done by other people by representing it as the student's own original work. Cheating during exams is strictly prohibited and might expose students to severe penalties.
In no case, may student copy from someone else’s homework, notes, design or creative work. Similar essays submissions are grounds for failure. All paraphrases and citations of the words and ideas of others must be properly credited (author, title, page number) to avoid plagiarism, which is grounds for failure.
Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s language, images, data, design, or ideas without proper attribution. It is a very serious offense both in the university and in your professional work. In essence, plagiarism is both theft and lying: you have stolen someone else’s ideas, and then lied by implying that they are your own. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to graduate faculty at the Hashemite University.
Plagiarism will lead to grade penalties and a record filed with the department chair. It may also result in your failing the course and having the incident permanently noted in your academic records. If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism, it is your responsibility to make sure you clarify the issues before you hand in written work. Learning when to cite a source and when not to be an art, not a science. However, here are some examples of plagiarism that you should be careful to avoid:
- If you use a sentence (or even a part of a sentence) that someone else wrote and do not put it in double quotes and reference the source, you have committed plagiarism.
- If you paraphrase somebody else’s theory or idea and do not reference the source, you have committed plagiarism.
- If you use a design, picture or table from a web page or book and do not reference the source, you have committed plagiarism.
- If your paper incorporates data someone else has collected, and you do not reference the source, you have committed plagiarism.