In Week 1 Forum: Honor Code, we reviewed the APUS Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism policy (2014). In Week 4, we explored the library and learned how to evaluate sources. This week we are spending time on documenting and citing research in order to maintain academic integrity in our academic work. You were asked to read the following article from the New York Times entitled “Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age” (2010, August 1).

In addition to the examples illustrated in the above article, what other types of events or situations are considered dishonest academic practices? Avoid repeating what your classmates have already shared. If necessary, search the internet for real events logged in the news or contact your instructor to get ideas. In your initial post, be sure to include:

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  1. A type of event or situation that is considered academically dishonest?
  2. What makes this event or situation one that violates the APUS Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism policy?
  3. If a student is caught in this situation, how might this impact his or her academic career, professional career, or reputation in the local community?  (Select one.)

Now switch roles.  In responses to your classmates, pretend you are the poster’s instructor, boss, or a community resident. Select your role based on the poster’s initial scenario and his or her choice from item 3 above. From the perspective of your role, assess the scenario provided, determine if the event or situation violates APUS’s Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism policy, and ask one question that extends the conversation. Potential questions could be: What did you hope to gain by x? How would your classmates, colleagues, or the volunteers react if they found out? Think of other questions that fit the scenario.

Respond to this forum using a minimum of 200 words by Thursday evening. Then, throughout the rest of the week come back into class and respond to at least two fellow learners by role-playing as described above. You are responsible for engaging with your classmates and continuing the role playing activity.


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