Because Hope International University seeks to develop mature Christian leaders and scholars, the university is committed to the principle of academic integrity. Consequently, all forms of dishonesty, including plagiarism or cheating in any form, are wrong, non-productive, and contrary to the university’s educational objectives and the student’s best interests. The principal rule of academic integrity is that each member of the university community will do one’s own work, executed to the best of one’s own ability, exclusively for the assignment for which it is presented. Plagiarism is “stealing” the unique ideas or the wording of another, including information retrieved from the Internet, and then presenting those products as one’s own. Examples of plagiarism include cheating on examinations; copying others’ work; cutting and pasting from internet sources without proper citations and purchasing, renting, borrowing, or otherwise appropriating the research, projects, or assignments of others, and presenting them as one’s own work.
It is also an egregious violation of academic integrity for students to offer for sale (or without cost) directly to other students or through a “middleman” papers, examinations, quizzes, or other academic products. Such violations are grounds for academic dismissal.
Breaches of academic integrity carry one or more of the following penalties, depending on the severity of the infraction:
1. Repeat of assignment with penalty on resubmitted work.
2. Zero (0) credit for the violated assignment.
3. Zero (0) credit (“F”) for the course involved.
4. Academic dismissal from the university.
Excerpt taken from Hope International University 2013-2014 Catalog (under University Community Standards)