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Academic Honesty

Temple University believes strongly in academic honesty and integrity; therefore, any kind of academic dishonesty is prohibited. Essential to intellectual growth is the development of independent thought and of a respect for the thoughts of others. The prohibition against academic dishonesty is intended to foster this independence and respect. Primarily, the two types of academic dishonesty include the following: Plagiarism and Academic Cheating.

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another personís labor, ideas, words, or assistance. Normally, all work done for courses ó papers, examinations, homework exercises, laboratory reports, oral presentations ó is expected to be the individual effort of the student presenting the work. There are many forms of plagiarism: repeating another personís sentence as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone elseís argument as your own, or even presenting someone elseís line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own. All these forms of plagiarism are prohibited both by the traditional principles of academic honesty and by the regulations of Temple University. Our education and our research encourage us to explore and use the ideas of others, and as writers we will frequently want to use the ideas and even the words of others. It is perfectly acceptable to do so; but we must never submit someone elseís work as if it were our own, rather we must give appropriate credit to the originator.

Academic Cheating is, generally, the thwarting or breaking of the general rules of academic work or the specific rules of the individual courses. Some examples include: falsifying data; submitting, without the instructorís approval, work in one course that was done for another; helping others to plagiarize; or cheating from oneís own or anotherís work; or actually doing the work of another person.

The penalty for academic dishonesty can vary from a reprimand and receiving a failing grade for a particular assignment, to a failing grade in a course, suspension, or expulsion from the University. The penalty varies with the nature of the offense, the individual instructor, the department, and the school or college.

For more information about what constitutes Academic Dishonesty or about disciplinary and/or academic grievance procedures refer to the Universityís Statement on Academic Honesty and the Student Code of Conduct or contact the Student Assistance Center, 215-204-8531.

Human and Animal Research Policy

As a major research institution, Temple University has established policies governing research involving human subjects, as well as research involving animals. Students engaged in such research must abide by these policies and have all research projects approved in advance by the appropriate committee. For further information, contact the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) at 215-707- 4482 or the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 215-707-3249.

Invention and Patent Policy

As a part of its mission as a comprehensive educational and research institution, Temple University encourages the search for new knowledge, discoveries, and inventions that will serve the public good. In support of this mission, the University has adopted an Invention and Patent Policy governing the rights and responsibilities of all inventors in any way associated with the University, including students. By the act of registration, students accept this Policy as binding on them. Copies of the Temple University Invention and Patent Policy may be obtained from the Office of Technology Transfer.

Personal Property

Temple University is not responsible for the damage to or loss of property of any student or other individual due to fire, theft, or other cause. The University may require resident students to present proof of insurance against loss by fire, theft, or other cause before residence hall space is approved.