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Student Honor Code

Purpose Statement

Study.com aims to build a safe, honest learning environment with strong academic integrity. In line with this expectation, students will be held to a high standard of quality for all coursework, projects, and examinations, outlined here in this Honor Code.

Definitions

  • Institution: Study.com as a whole or any partnerships or programs using Study.com coursework.
  • Student: Enrolled person who is the sole permitted user of Study.com account.
  • Cheating: Can be used hereafter to describe any of the outlined infractions of academic integrity below or any other behavior deemed by the institution to be against academic standards. Academic integrity is not limited to behavior with Study.com's platform and services, it also extends to using Study.com's resources in compliance with other academic standards at other institutions.

Infractions

  • Plagiarism: The verbatim or mosaic use of someone else's ideas, phrasing, or structure of an existing work, in whole or in part. All ideas, wording, and structure must be original and unique, from only the student.
  • Exam cheating: The use of any unauthorized materials, including but not limited to notes, Internet sites, other people, or any other source of information that is used in the context of the exam setting, regardless of explicit intent.
  • Outside collaborations: Completing coursework with unauthorized aid of any kind.
  • Threats: All interactions should be conducted with mutual respect and professionalism. At no time should a student attempt to intimidate any other student, staff member or person associated with the institution.
  • Bribery: It is considered bribery to provide, accept or offer any form of reward that results in unearned academic performance.
  • Participating in Academic Dishonesty: Students are forbidden from participating directly in any of the behaviors described above, as well aiding any other student in these behaviors.
  • Using Study.com for other academic work: Using any Study.com resources, content, features, or any other aspect of the platform to engage in violation of academic standards at other institutions. For specific do's and don'ts, please see the following academic integrity advice link.

Consequences

The offense will be subject to a "three strike" policy, with the first step being consistent regardless of severity of infraction.

  1. First strike: Student when flagged for cheating will receive a warning letter and offered one opportunity for resubmission or exam retake. They will also receive resources on proper citation and idea generation, if needed.
  2. Second strike: Student will receive an automatic "0" for that assignment or exam, with no opportunity to submit again and improve that grade.
  3. Third strike: Study.com will review the circumstances of the infractions and decide if removal from the Study.com platform and any applicable program expulsion is required. The standard of proof used to determine whether a student has violated the Study.com Honor Code is based on a preponderance of evidence, meaning more likely than not.

These three "strikes" are student-specific and have no statute of limitations. They exist across courses and project type or exam.

Students will get one opportunity to appeal any decisions to provide their perspective. This may or may not change or impact Study.com's decision.

Additional information

  • To make sure you get the most out of Instant Answers, we want to help you understand what it is for and how to use it. Follow our instructions to obtain the answers you need while also exercising academic honesty. When submitting questions to Instant Answers, please:
  • Don't use Instant Answers to do your homework (or write your essay) for you. We're here to help you study and understand concepts you're struggling with. We can answer your questions and direct you to lessons that you'll find useful, but you agree not to simply copy and paste the answers we give you.
  • Don't write one-word questions. Make sure you're giving our instructors enough detail and context so that they can answer your question accurately.
  • Don't put multiple questions in one submission. Each question should be submitted in its own ticket so we can deliver your questions to the correct subject matter experts.
  • Don't use Instant Answers in any way that violates the rules of your assignment, classroom, or academic institution. This would include plagiarizing or using outside help when you're instructed not to.
  • We all know that cheating is bad, and there are a lot of reasons not to cheat! Let's look at a few of them:
  • First, the person who is the most hurt when you cheat is you. Seriously! Cheating on your homework means that you won't learn the material, which will hurt you in your current class and in the future. Homework and essays are a great way to learn and think about the material, and cheating will only hurt you in the long run.
  • Second, all teachers and academic institutions take cheating seriously. If you're caught cheating on your homework or plagiarizing your answers or essay from another source, you will likely face serious consequences. In some cases, you might just receive a zero on the assignment, but in others, plagiarism can result in an automatic failure in your class, or maybe even expulsion from your school depending on the academic honesty policy in place.
  • Third, now more than ever, it's really easy to get caught for cheating! Copying answers from a page on the Internet might seem like a quick way to complete your homework, but it's just as easy for your teacher to find those exact phrases with a simple Internet search. It's important for you to think about the information you're reading and phrase it in your own words, rather than simply copying from outside sources.
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