Academic Integrity

Integrity is absolutely essential for effective public speaking. A major goal of this course is to develop your understanding of the ethical aspects of communication:

  • how to establish and protect your credibility;
  • how to evaluate the credibility of others;
  • how to listen respectfully and communicate fairly and honestly about controversial topics.

The following is USF’s official policy on academic integrity:

Academic Integrity:

USF Honor Code: As a Jesuit institution committed to cura personalis–the care and education of the whole person–USF has an obligation to embody and foster the values of honesty and integrity. USF upholds the standards of honesty and integrity from all members of the academic community. All students are expected to know and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. You can find the full text of the code online at www.usfca.edu/fogcutter. As it particularly pertains to the Department of Rhetoric and Language, the policy covers:

  • Plagiarism—intentionally or unintentionally representing the words or ideas of another person as your own; failure to properly cite references; manufacturing references Working with another person when independent work is required
  • Submission of the same paper in more than one course without the specific permission of each instructor
  • Submitting a paper written by another person or obtained from the internet.

The penalties for violation of the policy may include a failing grade on the assignment, a failing grade in the course, and/or a referral to the Dean and the Committee on Student Academic Honesty. In addition, a letter will be sent to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Services; the letter will remain in your file for two years after you graduate, after which you may petition for its removal.

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