For Students

This section of the academic integrity website will help you understand Molloy College's rules and expectations for engaging in honest research and coursework while completing assignments and exams.

Academic infractions subject to disciplinary action:

  • Cheating
  • Fabrication
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty
  • Plagiarism

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For policies and procedures governing academic integrity, see the Student Handbook.

Molloy College Academic Integrity Statement

Molloy College is dedicated to the Catholic and Dominican ideals or truth and academic excellence. As such, every member of the community shares in the responsibility for protecting the academic integrity of the Institution. The commitment to academic honor reaffirms the high ethical standards that are fundamental to the mission of Molloy College. By signing an honor pledge, students take personal responsibility to uphold the standards of truth and free inquiry while sharing in the common commitment to protect these principles and the value of a Molloy College degree.

Molloy College Academic Honor Pledge

As a member of Molloy College, Catholic and Dominican in tradition, I dedicate myself to the ideals of truth, scholarship, and justice. I pledge to demonstrate personal and academic integrity in all matters. I promise to be honest and accountable for my actions and to uphold the Honor System to better myself and those around me. I will refrain from any form of academic dishonesty or deception.

Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism involves using words or ideas, orally or in a paper, obtained in books, articles, the Internet, interviews, radio or TV programs, without appropriate citation. It also includes the following:

  • Presenting someone else's words or ideas as one's own in a paper or exam without acknowledgement
  • Incorporating published passages into a paper without quotation marks or footnotes
  • Quoting word-for-word from a source without using quotation marks, a citation, or a reference
  • Handing in another's paper or project as one's own or reusing papers

Consequences of Academic Integrity Infractions

If a student is engaged in any form of academic dishonesty, faculty will complete an "Academic Infraction Subject to Disciplinary Action" complaint form. The student is advised of a "possible academic infraction subject to disciplinary action" and will require the student to make an appointment with Dean Mary Jane Reilly to discuss the situation on an informal basis as described in the Molloy College handbook.

After meeting with Dean Reilly, and as a result of an "academic infraction subject to disciplinary action" a first offense will usually result in assignment of the Big MITT, or our Multi-Media Integrity Teaching Tool which can be accessed at the James E. Tobin Library. After successfully completing the Big MITT Program, the student is assigned a three to five page reaction paper with a rubric. A follow-up appointment with Dean Reilly to discuss the situation is also required. The student is placed on "Hold" at the Registrar until this assignment is completed.  If the student does not agree with the possible offense we will follow the Due Process in Academic Areas, as outlined in the Student Handbook. In the event of a subsequent academic infraction, graduated penalties will result, such as academic suspension or academic dismissal.

Quotes from Real Students:

"From this whole experience, although I was angry and upset at first, it has made me realize the type of person I want to be and the type of nurse I want to become. I want to be trustworthy and reputable to my fellow students and professors now so that I can grow to become a nurse that my patients and fellow coworkers can depend on. Reusing that paper only made me look lazy."

"After completing the MITT program, I have a different understanding of my responsibilities towards my degree, my professors and my college. I play an important part in a large academic institution by maintaining its academic integrity. I want to progress in my profession by achieving excellence in my education, which is not possible by being dishonest."

"I should have learned how to cite someone else's work in my paper and I should have started writing a paper as early as possible to avoid making hasty decisions which are mostly wrong."

"It is my moral and ethical duty to protect the honor and values of my college by being honest in my academic struggles."

"This program made me understand the value of the faculty when it comes to academic integrity. Not only are they just doing their job, but they also make us understand that the punishments that we receive for such acts are nothing compared to the consequences should we continue down the path of academic dishonesty."

"After completing the MITT program it opened my eyes to the fact that while my intentions were good, I still made a mistake."

"I learned from this program that a wrong citation is still considered plagiarism."

"I can relate this MITT program to my future career as a teacher."

"Before I talked to the Dean about this infraction I thought I would get kicked out of school. I think writing this essay has helped better my understanding of academic integrity."

"I'm glad to see that I can get a second chance for a simple mistake that I made. What I did was wrong, but not intentional."