Academic Integrity

The University of Connecticut’s policy on academic integrity for undergraduates can be found in Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code, in Appendix A: Academic Integrity in Undergraduate Education and Research. It reads, in part:

Academic misconduct is dishonest or unethical academic behavior that includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting mastery in an academic area (e.g., cheating), failing to properly credit information, research or ideas to their rightful originators or representing such information, research or ideas as your own (e.g., plagiarism).

Academic integrity and ethical conduct in research are of paramount importance, not only in executing research procedures but also in pursuing funding to support research and in disseminating results.

In the Office of Undergraduate Research, the most common academic integrity issue that we see is illegitimate paraphrase in an application for OUR funding. In such cases, the student’s writing follows the text of the source too closely rather than presenting the source’s ideas in the student’s own words. While academic disciplines vary in their usage of direct quotation, paraphrase, and summary, as well as in their preferred style of referencing and citation (e.g., MLA, APA), disciplines do not differ in their emphasis on the proper attribution of information and ideas to their sources.

How can you avoid illegitimate paraphrase?

  • First, use good note-taking practices when you are reading the literature in your field. If you record the exact language from your source, place it within quotation marks and indicate the page reference. If your notes pertain to the ideas in the source, use your own words to capture these ideas.
  • Second, when you draft your text from your notes, integrate sources to further the argument you are developing and include the appropriate citations as you write.
  • Third, with your draft in hand, go back to the original source to confirm that you are representing its content accurately and with distinct language and structure.

For further guidance on how to cite and paraphrase correctly, please refer to the Writing Center’s Citation and Paraphrasing Resources.

Statement of Academic Integrity

As part of each OUR application, students will be asked to type their names below the following Statement of Academic Integrity:
By typing my name in the field below, I confirm that I have prepared all components of this application in accordance with University standards for academic integrity.

Consequences of Academic Misconduct

If academic misconduct (e.g., plagiarism) is detected in application materials, consequences may include disqualification from the award competition and referral to the Academic Integrity Hearing Board.