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This document, for use by all persons who teach History classes at The University of Memphis, is guidance about implementing the departmental policy about academic misconduct.

The policy itself is online at http:/
and advice to students about plagiarism and using sources is online at

Implementing the departmental policy about academic misconduct

Basic statement

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 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 University.

The Policy about Academic Misconduct of the Department of History at The University of Memphis (available online at 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

If you use 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 in electronic form. There is an explanation of and how to use it at

“Your written work may be submitted to, 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’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, 2005)

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 statement.

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.



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