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Introduction

CUEver think about cheating on a quiz, copying a friend's paper or asking someone to do your work for you?

These thoughts probably cross everyone's mind at one time or another. But according to the University of Colorado Denver's academic honor code, these kinds of actions could lead to failing a course or worse.

What is academic honesty? This course helps spell out the ins and outs of thnis important topic.

This course focuses on helping you learn about the academic honor code and the importance of academic integrity. This course is set up in four modules:

It should take less than an hour to complete all four modules.

But before we begin, let's look at UCD's academic honor code. The academic honor code states:

"A university’s reputation is built on a standing tradition of excellence and scholastic integrity. As members of the UC Denver academic community, faculty and students accept the responsibility to maintain the highest standards of intellectual honesty and ethical conduct in completing all forms of academic work at the university." (University Catalog)

The first sentence focuses on a university's reputation. Universities these days are under increased scrutiny and competition. Where you get your degree is more important than ever. When you apply for a job, you want employers to see that your degree is from UCD and have that mean something. We all must continue to build upon UCD's tradition of excellence and scholastic integrity. "Scholastic integrity" in this case means you can trust that the education you receive at the University was earned through hard work and dedication to your coursework. That's where academic honesty starts.

The second sentence gets to the heart of the matter. Were you aware that by taking courses at UCD that you have agreed to "maintain the highest standards of intellectual honesty and ethical conduct" in all your academic work? Well you have! This course focuses on helping you understand what it means to "maintain the highest standards of intellectual honesty" by focusing on common ways that students violate the honor code.

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