Regent University Academic Honesty Module


    Scripture exhorts us to honesty and integrity both in our spiritual and academic lives.

    2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth”

    This module will examine plagiarism and the tools you need to maintain both your academic and spiritual integrity, including:

    • • Definitions of plagiarism and related concepts.
    • • Video examples of possible scenarios and recommended actions.
    • • Tips for avoiding plagiarism.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 8:21 “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.”

    The concepts of plagiarism and academic integrity are comprised of several building blocks. Click on each slider below to explore a definition.

    Plagiarism: Literary theft. Plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer's language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers' words as their legal property. To avoid the charge of plagiarism, writers take care to credit those from whom they borrow and quote.

    Plagiarism. (2002). In The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved from

    Academic Integrity: Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes plagiarism, how to avoid it, and what constitutes dishonesty. Students are also responsible for understanding that if they allow a fellow student to cheat or plagiarize, or if they complete an assignment for a fellow student, they are accomplices to academic dishonesty and are subject to the same.

    Regent University. (2013). Regent University College Of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014. Virginia Beach, VA.

    Unintentional plagiarism: When a writer attempts or intends to write in his/her own words but—out of ignorance, sloppiness, or carelessness—fails to distinguish quote from paraphrase or fails to cite and document properly. Legally, there is no distinction between intentional and unintentional plagiarism; both carry legal or financial penalties and can ruin a writer's reputation."

    Tufts University. (n.d.). Plagiarizing By Accident: Don't Let It Happen To You. Retrieved from

    Self-Plagiarism: Self-plagiarism or duplicate publication…involves publishing the same material, or essentially the same material, in multiple outlets without citing the previous publications. Turning in the same work for different courses is an example of self-plagiarism.

    Plagiarism. (2009). In The SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Retrieved from

    Fabrication: Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic endeavor.

    When Distance Technologies Meet the Student Code. (2010). In Web-Based Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. Retrieved from

    Collusion: Using another student's work and claiming it as your own, even with permission.

    Creating a Firewall Against Unethical Behaviours in Open and Distance Education Practice. (2009). In Ethical Practices and Implications in Distance Learning. Retrieved from

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  1. Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

    Click on each of the sliders below to discover helpful tips for avoiding plagiarism.

    • • Use a daily planner or calendar to keep track of when your assignment are due
    • • Set aside specific times to do your research properly

    Zotero is a citation management software system featuring browser plug-ins that help you collect and organize citations and working notes.

    • • Call: 757.352.4150 (Circulation Desk)
    • • Chat live with librarians with LibAnswers
    • • E-mail: or use this online e-mail form
    • Request a research consultation with your schools library liaison.
    • • Visit:
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  1. Titus 2:7-8 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”

    Regent University Students are committed to the proposition that all truth is God’s truth (Regent University Student Handbook 3.1.2.). Use your understanding of plagiarism and the tools introduced to you in this tutorial to help you maintain both your academic and spiritual integrity.

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