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 should be given not only when direct quotations are included but also with paraphrasing and summarizing 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, credit should be given to the source of information and graphics accessed electronically through the Internet. This material includes e-mail (citing or forwarding someone else's e-mail without permission should not be done); newsgroup material; and information from Web sites, including graphics. Even if credit is given, permission must be received from the original source to put any graphic created from an outside source on a web page.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students should be familiar 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).