You should include the following statement, as a minimum, in each syllabus.
As a student in this course, you are required to uphold academic integrity in all
aspects of the course, especially on examinations and papers, and thus are cautioned
to follow the letter and the spirit of the standards outlined in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (available online at http://www.memphis.edu/studentconduct/pdfs/csrr.pdf). Cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication are serious offenses and will be dealt with
according to the procedures outlined in the Code. Sanctions for academic dishonesty may include lowered or failing grades on assignments
or the course, probation, loss of privileges, and suspension or expulsion from the
The Policy about Academic Misconduct of the Department of History at The University of Memphis (available online at http://www.memphis.edu/history/misconduct_policy.htm) contains definitions of terms such as “cheating,” “plagiarism,” and “fabrication,”
and procedures for dealing with violations. By taking this course you are obligated
to adhere to this policy and are subject to the stated penalties for any violations
of academic integrity.
Papers, reviews, projects, and other written work submitted for credit in another
class either at The University of Memphis or elsewhere may not be submitted for credit
in any class within the Department of History. The Department regards the submission
of such work as academic misconduct, an attempt to earn credit for work that was not
actually done for the class, and it will result in the same sanctions as prescribed
for other academic misconduct.
You may wish to add further statements. For example, you may wish to spell out in
more detail what constitutes cheating and plagiarism, give specific advice about the
required forms of documentation, or refer to other sources of information about academic
integrity. Some of the wording from the policy document and the document “Advice about plagiarism and using sources” may be appropriate for these additions.
Statement about TurnItIn.com
If you use TurnItIn.com to check for plagiarism, you should include the following
statement in the syllabus. You may also wish to say in the syllabus that no assignment
will be complete until it has been both handed in to you in paper form and sent to
TurnItIn.com in electronic form. There is an explanation of TurnItIn.com and how to
use it at http://www.memphis.edu/history/turnitin.htm
“Your written work may be submitted to Turnitin.com, or a similar electronic detection
method, for an evaluation of the originality of your ideas and proper use and attribution
of sources. As part of this process, you may be required to submit electronic as well
as hard copies of your written work, or be given other instructions to follow. By
taking this course, you agree that all assignments may undergo this review process
and that the assignment may be included as a source document in Turnitin.com’s restricted
access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents.
Any assignment not submitted according to the procedures given by the instructor may
be penalized or may not be accepted at all.” (Office of Legal Counsel, October 17,
Explicit student statement about originality
Although the minimum statement given above is an implicit obligation for students to accept the standards of the University
and the Department, you may wish to have students sign the following explicit statement
for each paper, review, project, or other written work. If you do, you should say
in the syllabus that no grade will be awarded to a student who has not signed the
This work submitted for credit in [class name, section number, and call number] is
my original work and I have not submitted the same work to, nor have I received credit
for it from, any institution. I understand the departmental policies on plagiarism
and on work that is eligible for credit in this class.