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Subject Guides: Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity 2020-21

Freshman Academic Integrity Program: Overview

 Freshman Academic Integrity Program Overview

“Integrity” means “being honest and living up to moral and ethical principles” (UC Davis, 2006). 

Ignorance is not a defense for failing to uphold the standards of academic integrity.  Be honest at all times and do your own original work.


The Freshman Academic Integrity Program is an initiative to build a culture of ethical behavior around academic work in Amity High School. The program begins with a series of activities throughout freshman year that present students with a number of opportunities to learn about the different topic areas related to honesty in academic work. These activities, created by Amity’s librarians, include original presentations, scenarios, discussions, a pre- and post-assessment, and follow-up work to make sure all students have a clear understanding of how and why to always work with INTEGRITY. 


Main Topics:

1. Cheating

Cheating describes any action that allows you or anyone else to be credited for work, time, or results that could not have been obtained individually and/or within established guidelines. Included are:


2. Unauthorized Collaboration 

Working with another person on an assignment which is supposed to reflect your own work.

Helping another person on their assignment, if is supposed to reflect their own work.  


3. Plagiarism

Representing someone else’s work or ideas (in any format, including images, text, data, etc.) as your own original work.  

Not giving credit for the work or ideas (in any format, including images, text, data, etc.) that you used.


4. Falsifying Information

Forging information.  

Changing information you take from someone else or have developed yourself.  

Misrepresenting the truth or facts you present.


5. Lying to obtain an advantage

Requesting special privileges or accommodations for a situation you are not honest about.

Making excuses for reasons that are not true, or are exaggerated.


6. Recycling your own Work

Reusing work intended for a previous assignment, course, or other purpose without permission.  (It doesn’t matter that it is your own.)

Reusing research results from your own previous work without proper citation. It is fine to include data or work you have previously “published”


7. Violating Copyright and Intellectual Property Protection

Using or distributing someone else’s work (in any format, including images, text, data, etc.) without permission or without paying when permission or payment is required.


Key Questions:

  • Why is having academic integrity important?
  • What is included in responsible digital literacy?
  • What are the Amity standards?  
  • How are students responsible for upholding those standards?
  • Why does integrity matter?

This work was largely informed from the material on Academic Integrity, created at the University of California Davis, by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, part of the Division of Student Affairs, dated September 2006. It is accessible at

University of California Davis, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Judicial Affairs. (2008, February 25). Integrity: an essential piece of the puzzle. [PDF document]. Retrieved from

Session 1, 2020-21

Session 1: Academic Integrity Video Part I and Questions

Time: 6 minutes

View the video  Academic Integrity Video Part 1: You will have to log into your school Google account to do this.

This video covers the following topics

  • Cheating
  • Falsifying information (making up data)
  • Recycling your own work

At the end of the video, answer the multiple choice scenarios to check for your understanding of the content. 

Session 2, 2020-21

Session 2: Academic Integrity Video Part 2 and Questions
Time: 7 minutes
View the video Academic Integrity Video Part 2.  You will have to log into your school Google account to do this.

This video covers the following topics:

  • Plagiarism/Citing
  • Unauthorized Collaboration
  • Lying and Misrepresenting

You will answer questions throughout the video to check for your understanding of the content. 

Amity High School, Amity Region 5 School District, Woodbridge, CT 06525, 203-397-4844 Librarians: Robert F. Musco and Victoria Hulse Copyright 2017