Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity at Oxford College

Oxford College maintains a fierce commitment to promoting the ethical use of information in all situations. You may hear the phrases "academic honesty" and "academic integrity" used interchangeably on campus.

Academic integrity has been defined as "...a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility" (from the Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity, developed by the International Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University).

Honor Code

The Oxford College Student Honor Code specifically mentions "plagiarizing...seeking, using, giving, or obtaining unauthorized assistance in any academic assignment or examination" as a form of academic misconduct.  Academic misconduct is a serious issue that can result in severe penalties.

Resources for Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as "the use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work" (1995 Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary).

The Oxford College Library staff is a resource for the entire Oxford community.  We can help identify possible instances of plagiarism, discuss strategies to address those issues, and show resources that can help manage your academic work. 

More information about proper citation and avoiding plagiarism can be found on our Citing Your Sources page. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact a librarian.