Academic Integrity & Conduct
As a scholar, there is nothing more important than your credibility. Safeguard your trustworthiness at all times by conducting yourself (both in class and out) beyond reproach. You alone are ultimately responsible for maintaining the integrity of your written work, your reputation in the classroom, and a quality grade for your study.
The following guidelines, policies & procedures are in effect during your study at Tufts this summer.
- As a summer student, your academic conduct is subject to policies & procedures outlined by the Office of Student Affairs. Relevant publications that contain information about academic honesty and proper conduct are published online:
- You must adhere to a strict code of academic honesty, and conform to scholarly standards published in Academic Integrity. All written work, which includes, but is not limited to, discussions, postings, essays, emails, reflections, critiques, course papers, examination answers, designs, presentations, etc., will be the product of the participant’s efforts, represent the participant, and not be copied from other sources without proper attribution.
- You must not copy, cite, or reference the work of others without proper attribution. The format of proper citation of sources in your written work (whether it is formal or informal writing) is most often determined by your instructor. Formatting and style guide requirements should be disclosed in the course syllabus. If the syllabus is not clear on what is expected, you must clarify requirements with your instructor well in advance of deadlines for the necessary work.
- Behavior while studying in a summer course must at all times conform to standards found in the Tufts Student Code of Conduct. Disrespectful, aggressive, harmful, intimidating, harassing, bullying, inflammatory speech and/or behavior directed at others (whether the object of the prohibited behavior is enrolled in the course or not) will not be tolerated.
- Online behavior when logged on to a Tufts University computer, network, or account must be appropriate and conform to responsible use guidelines published at the Information Stewardship Policy & Supporting Information Policies website and Academic Integrity. Prohibited activities includes (but is not limited to) gambling, downloading games, academic dishonesty, aiding and abetting academic dishonesty, spamming, harassing others, viewing pornography, hacking, fraud, bullying, invading the privacy of others, unauthorized file downloading, or gaining unauthorized access to secure network systems, etc.
- Protecting authorial copyright is the responsibility of the student when using copyrighted materials as part of a course. Understanding the rules of fair use and public use is the responsibility of the student. Local, state, and federal law protecting the rights of artists, authors, and content creators & providers affects student work. Misuse of such materials may lead to prosecution.
- Obtaining an unfair advantage is a form of academic dishonesty. Examples include (but are not limited to): a. providing false information about your identity, another’s identity, or using another person or another person’s identity to falsify or misrepresent yourself or your academic work; b. unauthorized access to and distribution of exam materials; c. unauthorized collaboration on academic assignments; d. obstructing or interfering with another student’s work or progress in the course; e. receiving material assistance from another party that is not authorized or is beyond the “norm” for academic study; f. otherwise conducting activities for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage.
- Instructors and other university personnel may request that students submit written assignments to plagiarism-prevention resources, websites, or other authoritative databanks, such as (but not limited to) “turnitin.com,” or a similar site. These services compare student-produced documents with web content, newspapers, journals and magazines, books, student essays, and other data to determine the originality of student work.
- Personnel from the Office of Student Affairs and/or Tufts Summer Session have the right to request that students submit written assignments to plagiarism-prevention websites or other authoritative databanks. Instructors and other university personnel may require that students participate in other authentication and verification services to confirm the validity of the student’s exams and/or written work.
- A course teaching assistant may act on the instructor’s behalf during operation of the course. The T.A. will engage with prospective and enrolled students on matters of instruction and course conduct. Responsiveness and cooperation with the T.A. is expected.
- You must not buy, borrow or lend a paper or exam. Do not copy someone else’s paper or exam and/or do not allow your paper or exam to be copied. In Tufts policy, there is no distinction between intentional or passive behavior; both parties will be investigated and subject to disciplinary action.
- Changing any answers on an exam after it has been graded and returned is strictly prohibited.
- Collaborating with another without permission of the instructor is never permitted. If the instructor permits collaboration, be sure seek clarification of expectations regarding what kind of collaboration is allowable.
- Attendance at all presentations, classes, and class-related activities is mandatory. It is not acceptable to miss a class or other educational event related to the course for any reason other than illness or family emergency. Absence from class does not eliminate your responsibility for your course, or exams, papers, quizzes, discussions, etc.
- Whether you are enrolled in your summer course for academic credit or not, the same level of effort and participation is required of everyone.
- Assigned class work is due when the professor indicates it should be complete. Not meeting deadlines may result in a lower grade and possibly course failure. It is your responsibility to meet deadlines.
- Keep an open line of communication with your professor. Make no assumptions about what the instructor “should” know or understand. Take responsibility. Failure to communicate with your instructor will be your fault and may result in a poor grade or course failure.
- It is important to speak up in class. Participation in discussions is not just requested; it will figure into your instructor’s evaluation of your performance and/or grade. Your contributions to discussions, forums, etc., should be thoughtful and measured.
- Uncivil classroom behavior is disruptive, impedes course progress, and impacts everyone. Such behavior is wide-ranging, but often includes:
- Arriving at class late, leaving early
- Using the phone or texting in the classroom
- Excessive or “off-the-point” commentary
- Dominating the discussion
- Aggressive challenges to the instructor, the teaching assistant, or others
- Derogatory or demeaning comments to other students or the instructor
Discourteous or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. Students who cannot correct their conduct after a warning may be dismissed from the program.
If absence from class is unavoidable due to illness or family emergency, be sure to call or email (or both) to let your instructor know of your absence and your plans to make up any missed coursework.