XI. Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice expects all students in the program to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars.

Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academic or related matter and any knowing or intentional help, attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Please initial each item to confirm that you have read and understand it.
_______ 1. Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or computer-related information.

_______   2. Plagiarism: representing the words, data, works, ideas, or anything not generated in a specifically authorized fashion, as one’s own. This includes:

      • Submitting someone else’s work (in whole, part, or paraphrase) as one’s own without fully and properly crediting the author. As a rule of thumb, if you use more than 4 consecutive words from another sentence, you should cite that sentence’s author, even if you change some of the sentence’s words. If you do not change the words, quotation marks must be used.
      • Submitting as one’s own original work material that has been produced through unannounced collaboration with others.
      • Submitting as one’s original work materials obtained from an individual or agency.
      • Buying or downloading an essay, paper, presentation, etc., or cutting and pasting portions of someone else’s work, and submitting it as your own.

_______ 3. Self-Plagiarism/Double-counting: using parts of material you submitted for one assignment in another assignment or assignments, without explicit permission from all instructors responsible for grading the assignments.

_______ 4. Fabrication: presenting as genuine any invented or falsified information.

_______ 5. Misrepresentation: falsifying, altering, or misstating the contents of any materials related to academic matters, including excuses for class absences.

Turn It In

The University of Alabama is committed to helping students uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this program allows the instructor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism. All course materials, exams, papers, and projects are subject to submission to Turn It In for the purpose of detecting textual similarities. Assignments submitted to Turn It In will be included as source documents in Turn It In’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. Turn It In will be used as a source document to help students avoid plagiarism in written documents.

If you have any questions or comments about Turn It In, please contact

For more information about The University of Alabama’s Academic Integrity Policy and Code of Student Conduct, you can consult the Student Handbook.

Student Pledge

By signing this pledge, I promise and affirm that I will not at any time be involved with cheating, plagiarism, self-plagiarism/double-counting, fabrication, or misrepresentation while enrolled as a student at The University of Alabama. I understand that violations of this academic integrity policy may result in penalties as severe as permanent suspension from the University.


Printed Name: _______________________  Date: ________________________


Signature: ___________________________

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