Academic Integrity/Honesty Policy at NYITCOM

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The foundation of academic work, as well as professional healthcare, is intellectual integrity, credibility, and trust. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) and all members of the college community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. A learning community can be maintained only if its members believe that their work is judged fairly and that they will not be put at a disadvantage because of another member's dishonesty. For these reasons, it is essential that all members of the NYITCOM community understand and respect our shared standards of academic honesty. Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly work in an open, honest, and responsible manner. It requires a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception in the completion of academic work. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental and ethical principles of the NYITCOM community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

The NYITCOM community endorses the following precepts:

All members of the community shall refrain from:

  1. Providing false information for college records, forging or altering college records, or submitting fraudulent documents to the college for admission, enrollment, assessment, evaluation, promotion or graduation purposes.

  2. Offering as original effort any report or other written assignment obtained from anyone else, through Artificial Intelligence (AI), or used for another course.

  3. Committing plagiarism by appropriating all or part of the literary composition of someone else and offering it as their own writing, ideas, or language.

  4. Cheating in any form to obtain credit on any assessment, examination, or evaluation related to any college course.

In particular, the following behaviors must be scrupulously avoided:

  1. Looking at another student's exam or collaborating on an exam unless expressly permitted.

  2. Writing on desks, clothing, body parts, papers (other than paper explicitly provided to students for writing purposes), or any other object during an exam.

  3. Possessing or using unauthorized notes, texts, or other aids (including digital aids) during an assessment or other assignments.

  4. Discussing, recording or disseminating information related to test items or clinical assessments.

The integrity of an academic and a professional community is only as strong as the support of its members. Consequently, any student who witnesses, or otherwise discovers incidents of other students behaving dishonestly is obligated to report such conduct to the Associate Dean of Student Administration (for the Long Island campus) or the Assistant Dean of Student Administration (for the Arkansas campus). Failure to do so constitutes complicity in the dishonest behavior on the part of the witness.