ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Sophia University promotes high standards of academic honesty and integrity among its core values and principles. The FLA, with its international body of Faculty members, fulltime students and exchange students, is at the forefront of promoting global standards of academic honesty at Sophia. During the first two semesters, FLA students are introduced by their instructors to the rules and procedures that guide academic work.
 

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Universities have long taken pride in the honesty and integrity of their members. Rooted in that tradition, Sophia University promotes high standards of academic honesty and integrity among its core values and principles. The Faculty of Liberal Arts, with its international body of faculty members, full-time students and exchange students, is at the forefront of promoting global standards of academic honesty at Sophia University. During their first two semesters of study, FLA students are introduced by their instructors to the rules and procedures that govern honesty in academic work, and all students are expected to abide by these standards.

Thus, students have an ethical obligation to learn the norms of academic integrity and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism. With regard to cheating, students must understand that Sophia University has a clear policy that stipulates serious punishment for offenders, often including suspension from the university. Instructors who find evidence of plagiarism have the discretion to fail the student in all or part of the course.

Understanding what constitutes an act of plagiarism is crucial to student compliance with this policy. Plagiarism is defined as the use of the words or ideas of others, whether unintentional or deliberate, without proper acknowledgment. This includes claiming authorship for material taken from books and other publications and material found on the internet, as well as the use of papers purchased online or previously submitted by other students in the faculty. When a student is unsure whether or not a particular behavior might constitute an act of plagiarism, he or she should seek clarification from a member of the faculty.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Faculty of Liberal Arts takes a consistent, equitable and transparent approach to academic honesty among its faculty members and students. An environment of trust and integrity is essential for maintaining the Sophia Spirit expressed in the motto chosen by our founders: “Lux Veritatis” (the Light of Truth).