Sample Syllabus Statement

Faculty members should include a statement on every course syllabus concerning expectations about academic responsibility.

Emphasize that these rules help create a campus culture in which academic integrity is a central principle.

Below, find a sample statement that you may copy exactly or modify as you wish.

Academic Responsibility

The following passage is taken from the academic regulations section of the Bucknell University Course Catalog:

“Bucknell students are responsible for the preparation and presentation of work representing their own efforts. Acceptance of this responsibility is essential to the educational process and must be considered as an expression of mutual trust, the foundation upon which creative scholarship rests. Students are directed to use great care when preparing all written work and to acknowledge fully the source of all ideas and language other than their own.”

I fully support the above principles and the institutional process that deals with violations of academic responsibility at Bucknell. I will not hesitate to initiate this process if the above mentioned “mutual trust” is violated in my course.

In addition, it is important that you recognize that there may be instances when collaboration is appropriate in my class and other instances when it is not. Absent specific instructions to the contrary, you are to assume that all assignments are to be completed without collaboration.

Finally, in acknowledging the source of all ideas and language other than your own, you must cite the creator of internet-posted information just as you would an author of a textbook, a journal article, a reference book, emails or personal conversations from which you have used information or ideas.