Academic Integrity - The Valley Forge Military Academy OHS Honor System

The 5 Pillars of Academic Integrity

Honesty is the foundation of good academic work.  VFMA OHS is committed to both academic excellence and the integrity of others work.  Watch the video below for a preview on academic integrity.

You Are Your Work

Your work represents the knowledge and skill you have gained throughout the course.  Do not cheat yourself by by copying the work of others.  Nor should you allow others to pass your work off as their own.

Tips for practicing good academic integrity:

Citing Sources

Do:

  • Use quotation marks when including copied text
  • Include important information such as author, year, title, and publication
  • Reference citation style guide like this


Don’t:

  • Copy and paste large sections of text

Paraphrasing

Do:

  • Put the information in your own words


Don’t:

  • Take direct information from outside sources without giving proper citation

Quality Research

Do:

  • Use the following sources: journals, books, .edu websites, government sites
  • Use a variety of sources


Don’t:

  • Use the following sources: Wikipedia, social media
  • Use only one source for a research paper 

Originality

Do:

  • Use your own opinion
  • Analyze the text you have read


Don’t:

  • Pass the work of others off as your own
  • Use an answer site (Yahoo, Course Hero)
  • Use Google translate

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