University Policies and Procedures
Students and faculty at Oral Roberts University must adhere to all laws addressing the ethical use of others’ materials, whether it is in the form of print, electronic, video, multimedia, or computer software. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating involve both lying and stealing and are violations of ORU’s Honor Code: “I will not cheat or plagiarize; I will do my own academic work and will not inappropriately collaborate with other students on assignments.” Plagiarism is usually defined as copying someone else’s ideas, words, or sentence structure and submitting them as one’s own. Other forms of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Submitting another’s work as one’s own or colluding with someone else and submitting that work as though it were his or hers;
- Failing to meet group assignment or project requirements while claiming to have done so;
- Failing to cite sources used in a paper;
- Creating results for experiments, observations, interviews, or projects that were not done;
- Receiving or giving unauthorized help on assignments.
- By law, students are entitled to privacy regarding their records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended and available in the ORU University Catalog, sets forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student education records. The law governs access to records maintained by educational institutions and the release of information from those records.
Students are to be in compliance with University, school, and departmental policies regarding Whole Person Assessment (WPA) requirements. Students should consult the Whole Person Assessment handbooks for requirements regarding specific academic programs.
- The penalty for not submitting electronically or for incorrectly submitting an artifact is a zero for that assignment.
- By submitting an assignment, the student gives permission for the assignment to be assessed electronically.