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Business Research Toolkit: Academic Integrity

The Sterne Library's award winning Business Research Toolkit Program is offered each Fall and Spring semester. The hands-on program introduces participants to business resources and research strategies.


What is Academic Integrity?

Definition of Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct by students includes any act of dishonesty in academic-related matters (hereafter referred to as “academic dishonesty”), including knowingly or intentionally providing help or attempting to provide help to another student to commit an act of academic misconduct.

Academic misconduct is generally defined as the use or provision of unauthorized assistance with the intent to deceive an instructor or other person assessing student performance.

Academic misconduct includes, but not limited to, each of the following acts when performed in any type of academic or academic-related matter, exercise, or activity.


Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, including but not limited to materials, information, study aids, the work of others, or electronic device-related information, any of which have not been approved by the instructor, as well as unauthorized assistance from third parties including a commercial service or engaging another person (whether paid or unpaid); sharing answers for either a take-home or in-class exams unless specifically and explicitly allowed.


Assisting, knowingly helping, supporting, conspiring, or colluding with others to engage in any form of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to two or more students that work together to produce individually submitted work without permission of the appropriate faculty member.


Claiming as your own ideas, words, data, computer programs, creative compositions, artwork, etc., done by someone else. Examples include improper citation of referenced works, the use of commercially available scholarly papers, failure to cite sources, or copying another person’s ideas.


Resubmitting your own previously submitted work without proper citation and permission from the current instructor to whom the original work was subsequently submitted.


Falsifying, altering, or incorrectly defining the contents of documents or other materials related to academic matters, including work substantially done for one class as work done for another without receiving prior approval from the instructor, work pertaining to schedules, prerequisites, and transcripts, or misrepresenting facts about oneself for the purpose of obtaining an academic advantage or for the purpose of academically injuring another student.

Taken from the UAB Honor Code

Academic Integrity Materials

Plagiarism Resources

Plagiarism is a serious violation of the academic honor code. Below is a resource that will help you better understand and avoid plagiarism in your work. 

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