Academic Integrity Statement

An AI statement is required on all syllabi

We recommend spending class time teaching MLA citation in connection to academic integrity and disciplinary writing conventions.

Please include a statement and links (below) for York’s policy on academic integrity (please bear in mind that all accusations of violations must be accompanied by supporting documentation—that is, instructors need to demonstrate what the violation was): 

A violation of academic integrity is any instance when a student attempts to pass off someone else’s words or ideas as their own, no matter where they obtained those words or ideas, and no matter where these ideas are presented. We practice using quotation and citation in this course so you can benefit from others’ ideas, while attributing them appropriately. There is nothing wrong with representing someone else’s ideas in your work; you just have to give them credit. Additionally, there is nothing wrong with getting help on an assignment, but the final product must be predominantly the result of your own work. All academic integrity violations in English 125 will result in a 0 on the assignment, and/or a failing grade in the course and/or referral to the College’s Academic Integrity Officer.

York College gives four definitions of types of academic integrity violation: 

  • Cheating: Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own.
  • Obtaining Unfair Advantage: Obtaining Unfair Advantage is any activity that intentionally or unintentionally gives a student an unfair advantage in his/her academic work over another student.
  • Falsification of Records and Official Documents

York College’s policies and procedures can be found at the Academic Integrity webpage.

For more information, see Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab resource, “Avoiding Plagiarism”: