Why does plagiarism matter?
As an academic crime, plagiarism does not pay. The University of Maine at Farmington developed the Academic Integrity Code to help students discern what’s allowed and what’s not. Students who violate the code may face serious penalties: grade reductions, extra work, even a transcript notation for academic dishonesty.
More than that, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty deny students an education. The idea behind all the reading and writing expected of college students is that they will learn. The University of Maine at Farmington is a community of learners. Inherent in that relationship is an expectation of academic integrity, an ethic of scholarship.
While UMF places a high value on academic freedom and the rights of faculty members to employ whatever teaching strategies they deem appropriate, we members of this academic community agree on one point: We share in the responsibilities of making UMF a place of academic integrity. Students are expected to educate themselves about ethical standards and seek advice when they have questions about academic integrity.