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Academic Integrity: Code of Conduct and Plagiarism

Academic integrity is a character trait involving honesty and ethical behavior related to scholarly work. Scholarly work involves all the intellectual endeavors of a student or faculty member during their course of study/employment related to education. Pursuing a mindset of integrity is not only important during one’s academic career, but also throughout one’s life and dealings with society.

Please review the LSU Code of Conduct for policies, definitions, and procedures related to academic misconduct.

Please review important information abut plagiarism (and how to avoid it) provided by LSU Student Advocacy & Accountability:


Anyone who has written or graded a paper knows that plagiarism is not always a black-and-white issue. The boundary between plagiarism and research is often unclear. Learning to recognize the various forms of plagiarism, especially the more ambiguous ones, is an important step in the fight to prevent it. 

Online Writing Resources and Activities

The following is a list of selected online writing resources:

  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) – Purdue OWL provides over 200 writing resources including information about various citation formats.
  • Dartmouth University Institute for Writing and Rhetoric– The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric provides a variety of resources including information about logic, arguments, and writing a thesis.
  • George Washington University Writing Center – The GWU Writing Center provides an assortment of writing guides for various subject areas as well as other useful writing resources.
  • Citefast - Citefast is a free, online citation generator. After entering the requested information, Citefast provides preformatted citations in one of three styles: APA, MLA, or Chicago.

Try this optional plagiarism activity to check your understanding:

Read the fictitious final paragraph of the Brown article, review each sentence "written" by the students, then decide if the sentence has been plagiarized or not. Check your answers by reviewing the linked information. 


Carroll, L. A. (2002). Rehearsing new roles: How college students develop as writers. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Levin, L. L. (2010). What is Academic Writing?. In C. Lowe and P. Zemliansky (Eds.), Writing spaces: Readings on writing, Vol. 1 (pp. 3–17). Retrieved from

Types of Plagiarism (n.d.) Retrieved November 20, 2012, from



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