Academic Honesty Policy

The University of Redlands Policy on Academic Honesty will be strictly adhered to and applied.  The Procedures for Addressing Academic Honesty are set forth in the University of Redlands Catalog.  It is expected that all students read and understand the Policy and the provisions outlined in the Catalog.

The highest standards of academic conduct are required.  This is particularly true for the proper citation of course and research material in all written assignments. If you did not actually collect the data or independent­ly arrive at the idea presented, then a proper citation must be used. Citations (in the form of parenthetical notes, endnotes or footnotes) must be used for quoted or paraphrased text and any time you borrow an idea from an author, the instructor, or your peers.  Using someone else’s sentence or organizational structure, pattern of argument and word choice, even if not exactly similar in every respect, warrants citation. 

  • It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their citations and quotation marks unambiguously highlight the ideas, words, sentences, and arguments that they borrow from other sources. 
  • Paraphrasing is not simply changing one or two words in a sentence; it completely reconstructs someone else’s idea in your own words. 

For guidelines on appropriate citation, quotation, paraphrasing, and plagiarism, see materials provided by the Indiana University’s Writing Tutorial Center and Harvard University’s Expository Writing Program.  

Discussion with the instructor and your peers is encouraged before the composition of written work; however, all written work, unless specified by the instructor, is to reflect independent composition and revision.  Students working on group or collaborative assignments are expected to contribute equally to all tasks necessary for completion of the assignment.

Students are expected to follow all written and verbal instructions provided by the instructor with regard to written assignments, quizzes and/or exams.  In addition to plagiarism, other impermissible academic behavior includes, but is not limited to, collaboration without instructor consent, falsifying research data, illicit possession of exams, using study aids during exams, unauthorized communication about an assignment or exam, handing in others’ work as your own, reusing assignments or papers from other courses, and impeding equal access to educational resources by other students.