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Nursing: NSU Policy

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Academic Standards

The following text is from the 2019-2020 Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook Code of Student Conduct (pp. 13-14):

Academic Standards
The university is an academic community and expects its students to manifest a commitment to academic integrity through rigid observance of standards for academic honesty. The university can function properly only when its members adhere to clearly established goals and values. Accordingly, the academic standards are designed to ensure that the principles of academic honesty are upheld.

The following acts violate the academic honesty standards:

  • cheating—intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise
  • fabrication—intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise
  •  facilitating academic dishonesty—intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this code
  •  plagiarism—the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person as one’s own without proper acknowledgment

Students are expected to submit tests and assignments that they have completed without aid or assistance from other sources. Using sources to provide information without giving credit to the original source is dishonest. Students should avoid any impropriety or the appearance thereof in taking examinations or completing work in pursuance of their educational goals. Students are expected to comply with the following academic standards:

  • Original Work—Assignments such as course preparations, exams, texts, projects, term papers, practicum, or any other work submitted for academic credit must be the original work of the student. Original work may include the thoughts and words of another author. Entire thoughts or words of another author should be identified using quotation marks. At all times, students are expected to comply with the university and/or program center’s recognized form and style manual and accepted citation practice and policy. Work is not original when it has been submitted previously by the author or by anyone else for academic credit. Work is not original when it has been copied or partially copied from any other source, including another student, unless such copying is acknowledged by the person submitting the work for the credit at the time the work is being submitted, or unless copying, sharing, or joint authorship is an express part of the assignment. Exams and tests are original work when no unauthorized aid is given, received, or used before or during the course of the examination, re-examination, and/or remediation.
  • Referencing the Works of Another Author—All academic work submitted for credit or as partial fulfillment of course requirements must adhere to each program center’s specific accepted reference manuals and rules of documentation. Standards of scholarship require that the writer give proper acknowledgment when the thoughts and words of another author are used. Students must acquire a style manual approved by their center and become familiar with accepted scholarly and editorial practice in their program. Students’ work must comport with the adopted citation manual for their particular center. At Nova Southeastern University, it is plagiarism to represent
    another person’s work, words, or ideas as one’s own without use of a center-recognized method of citation. Deviating from center standards (see above) are considered plagiarism at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Tendering of Information—All academic work must be the original work of the student. Knowingly giving or allowing one’s work to be copied, giving out exam questions or answers, or releasing or selling term papers is prohibited.
  • Prohibited Acts—Students should avoid any impropriety, or the appearance thereof, in taking examinations or completing work in pursuance of their educational goals. Violations of academic responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • plagiarism
    • any form of cheating
    •  conspiracy to commit academic dishonesty
    • misrepresentation
    •  bribery in an attempt to gain an academic advantage
    • forging or altering documents or credentials
    • knowingly furnishing false information to the institution
  • Additional Matters of Ethical Concern—Where circumstances are such as to place students in positions of power over university personnel, inside or outside the institution, students should avoid any reasonable suspicion that they have used that power for personal benefit or in a capricious or arbitrary manner.