Academic Integrity

RSG affirms that the biblical principles of truth and honesty are absolutely essential. Both faculty and students are responsible for upholding the standard of academic integrity and honesty. Conduct that violates academic integrity includes:

  • Dishonesty: Lying, cheating, defrauding or deceiving. Examples include:
    • Copying from another's exam paper
    • Allowing one's own exam paper to be copied
    • Reading without the instructor's consent a copy of the exam prior to the date it is given
    • Giving or receiving unauthorized aid on a take-home exam
    • Use of unauthorized aids
    • Submitting the same work product in more than one course without the express permission of the instructor(s)
    • Disclosing or accepting information if one takes a test at a different time than other students in the same course.
  • Plagiarism: Stealing or using the ideas or writings of another as one's own. Examples include:
    • Failure to acknowledge material copied from others
    • Failure to acknowledge one's indebtedness to another for the gist of important thoughts in a formal statement, written or oral.
    • RSG has currently subscribed to SafeAssign®, an online collaborative learning tool for faculty, offered through Blackboard's HELP tab and listed under Blackboard Basics.
      • Student submissions may be submitted to the scrutiny of the SafeAssign® software, though this does not necessarily constitute an accusation or suspicion of plagiarism on the student's part.
    • Charges of academic integrity violation will be handled according to the procedures published in the University Catalog and the Student Handbook