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Academic Honesty

Fabrication/Falsification

Fabrication or falsification occurs when a student invents or distorts the origin or content of information used as authority. Examples include:

  • Citing a source that does not exist
  • Citing information from a source that is not included in the source for which credit is given
  • Citing a source for a secondary proposition that it does not support
  • Citing a bibliography source when it was neither consulted nor cited in the body of the paper
  • Intentionally distorting the meaning or applicability of data
  • Inventing data or statistical results to support conclusions

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