Academic Honesty Essay

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Academic Honesty Elisapeta Sooalo 06/26/12 University of Phoenix Introduction This paper presents a basic definition of what academic honesty is and why it is important. It will discuss honest, trust, fairness, and respect as good traits that would contribute to academic honesty. The presentation will elaborate on each trait mentioned above in relation to academic honesty. Then finally, the presentation will provide a conclusion of how the four traits will help maintain academic honesty. Definition I believe people have different opinions of defining the term academic honesty. However, it has the same purpose, which is being truthful in all that you do and say whether in the classroom, home, or any organization that you are a member of. In other words, it means personal integrity. Honesty or integrity is the backbone of knowledge, teaching, and service. According to The Center of Academic Integrity of Duke University, “academic integrity [is] a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility” (Duke University, 1999, p.8) I would like to focus my discussion on the four values: honesty, trust, fairness, and respect. At a younger age, I was taught by my primary teachers that these great traits of honesty, trust, fairness, and respect are started with me and then it spreads out to others as I mature. Furthermore, in years of maturity, these traits would develop good deeds of actions in communities and higher learning institutions. Policies and procedures construction are influenced by these traits (et al). Honesty Dishonesty in education is a challenging issue we students and faculty face. Academic honesty is embraced by higher education institution in terms of improving the capacity of learning. Years after years, schools have constantly reviewed policies and procedures to
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