The success of our class depends in large part on trust. You need to be able to trust me, as your professor, to be honest and knowledgeable, as I will serve as a guide through as-yet-unmapped terrain. And I need to be able to trust you to write your own work, not to copy the work of others—in other words, to plagiarize. This is an extremely important academic convention. Without the guarantee that writers are creating their own work, and citing any sources they use, our foundation of knowledge is shaky and insecure. Therefore, in universities and in publishing, plagiarism is strictly forbidden.
Plagiarism includes submitting the work of other people as your own or failing to acknowledge the source of ideas that are not your own. If you plagiarize, you will receive a zero on your work and disciplinary action may be taken. Cheating on exams will also result in a zero and disciplinary action may be taken.
The University of Puerto Rico promotes the highest standards of academic and scientific integrity. Article 6.2 of the UPR Students General Bylaws (Board of Trustees Certification 13, 2009-2010) states that academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: fraudulent actions; obtaining grades or academic degrees by false or fraudulent simulations; copying the whole or part of the academic work of another person; plagiarizing totally or partially the work of another person; copying all or part of another person answers to the questions of an oral or written exam by taking or getting someone else to take the exam on his/her behalf; as well as enabling and facilitating another person to perform the aforementioned Certificación Número 112 2014-2015 6 behavior. Any of these behaviors will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the disciplinary procedure laid down in the UPR Students’ General Bylaws.