Academic Integrity Policy

NOVA does not tolerate academic dishonesty. As outlined in more detail in The Student Handbook, academic dishonesty can include, but is not limited to, cheating on an exam or quiz and submitting work that is not your own (plagiarism). Because faculty members share a responsibility for a student’s education and the value of a NOVA degree, they seek to prevent unethical behavior and, when necessary, respond to infringements of academic integrity. Penalties can include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, suspension, or expulsion from the college. Procedures for disciplinary measures and appeals are outlined in the NOVA Student Handbook and the Academic Integrity Policy.


According to the NOVA Student Handbook (opens in a new window), plagiarism "is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one's own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one's own." In short, plagiarism means using the exact words, opinions, or factual information from another person without giving that person credit. Good academic work must be based on honesty. Plagiarism is dishonest and cannot be tolerated in an academic setting.

Credit should be given through accepted documentation styles, such as parenthetical citation, footnotes, or endnotes; a simple listing of books and articles is not sufficient. Credit not only direct quotations but also paraphrases and summaries of opinions or factual information formerly unknown to the writers or which the writers did not discover themselves. (The library web site has examples of proper citations.)

Also, give credit to the source of information and graphics accessed electronically through the Internet. This material includes e-mail (don't cite or forward someone else's e-mail without permission); newsgroup material; and information from Web sites, including graphics. Even if you give credit, you must get permission from the original source to put any graphic that you did not create on your web page.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Familiarize yourself with the college's specific expectations concerning the conduct of its students. These expectations apply to all students (part-time or full-time) attending NOVA. Student Rights and Responsibilities are outlined in the NOVA Student Handbook (opens in a new window).