Plagiarism is a specific kind of academic dishonesty in which you
take another’s ideas or words and claim them as your own. When you
draw on someone else’s work, you must indicate the source of that
material, whether you are repeating another’s words, argument or
thought. Even if you paraphrase another’s work and are not using the
exact wording, you are still required to indicate the source of the
material. This material must be clearly identified with appropriate
citations. If you do not do that, you have plagiarized those
materials. Any time you copy and paste any writing that is not your
own for an assignment, you must use quotation marks and give the
source of that material. If you cut and paste without noting what
you have done, you will be guilty of plagiarism. Even if the writing
is your own, if it has been used for a previous assignment that
should be indicated
A student accused of academic dishonesty will first meet with the
faculty member who made the allegation of academic dishonesty. If
the faculty member decides academic dishonesty occurred,
consequences could include giving the student a zero on the
assignment, asking the student to rewrite the assignment, or failing
the student in the course. If the student’s grade is affected, the
faculty member must file a MWSU Academic Honesty Violation Report.
When students choose to accept admission to Western,
they accept the rights and responsibilities of the
university’s academic and social community. As members
of the university community, students are expected to
uphold the university’s values (service, quality,
freedom, enthusiasm, respect and courage) by maintaining
a high standard of conduct.
Faculty, administrators, staff and students all have responsibility to
take care of the intellectual, social, emotional, psychological and
physical condition of this community we share. As a result, we expect
all members of the Western community to exhibit the following:
Respect for Self
Western expects its community members to appreciate their own talents,
take themselves and their academic pursuits seriously and enhance the
quality of their lives.
Respect for Others
Western expects its community members to behave towards one another with
sensitivity, consideration, understanding, tolerance and an active
concern for the welfare of others.
Respect for Property
Western expects its community members to use all property, including
buildings, library books, equipment and green spaces, responsibly. This
principle requires students to respect personal and institutional
property, inside and outside the Western community.
Respect for Authority
Western expects its community members to exhibit respect for its
faculty, administrators, staff and designated student staff members and
paraprofessionals – each of whom has been charged with responsibilities
essential to the orderly operation of the university.
Western expects its community members to demonstrate the personal
characteristics of honesty and integrity in all aspects of their campus
life, both inside and outside the classroom.
These qualities, which are
congruent with our community values, are integral parts of daily life on
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Western computing facilities are provided in order to promote and
support academic pursuits. Academic computer facilities are therefore to
be used only for academic and research activities. Listed here are
certain responsibilities and the ethical behavior expected of you as a
The guidelines presented here reflect U.S. Copyright Law, the Law of the
State of Missouri, and additional specific rules relative to the Western
campus. It is the intent of Western to adhere to the provisions of
copyright laws relative to software and to comply with licensing
agreements and/or policy statements contained in the software packages
used on campus. If you need further clarification regarding these
guidelines, please contact Information
Technology Services at 816-271-4555.
U.S. Copyright Law and Software Licensing
All computer software is
protected by the federal copyright law. It is illegal to make or
distribute copies of copyrighted material without authorization.
• The copyright owner may grant copying privileges for certain software.
These special provisions will be specified in the documentation, license
agreement, or in the software package.
• The user does have the right to make a backup copy for archival
• Under no circumstances should copyrighted software be distributed
university through any mechanism, electronic or otherwise.
• You are responsible for being aware of the licensing restrictions for
the software you use on any system. Lack of knowledge does not justify a
violation of the law.
• When in doubt, do not copy. Violation of copyright law of licensing
result in university disciplinary action and/or may result in legal
• In order to receive user support from the Information Technology
microcomputer lab assistants, or from vendors, you may be asked to
manuals, serial numbers, or original diskettes as proof of proper
State of Missouri Law RSMO 1988 569.094-569.099
• A state law now makes unauthorized access and interference with
systems, computer data, and other computer users illegal.
• Unauthorized use of passwords and the breach of security of any
Computing Rules and Regulations
• Always apply normal standards of academic ethics and polite conduct to
your use of
• Respect the equipment and privacy of others.
• Drinks, food, and tobacco products are not allowed in campus computing
• Campus computing facilities may not be used for personal profit. Your
activities should not interfere with the rights of other users.
Examples of activities to avoid:
• Changing or altering hardware/software configurations is prohibited
permission of laboratory supervisor.
• Game playing or other trivial applications.
• Excessive printing.
• Sending annoying or obscene messages to any other
• Using computer systems for personal activities that are not required
for class or
• Importing software of unknown function and quality. This is the
primary cause of
• Downloading copyrighted material including music, movie, and other
available through peer-to-peer file sharing services such as LimeWire,
Napster, BitTorrent, etc.
Disciplinary Action for
violating the Computing Policy
Misuse of campus computing resources shall be reported to the Director
of Information Technology Services. Each violation will be reviewed by
the Computer Usage Hearing Panel consisting of the Library Director,
Information Technology Services Director, and one faculty member. Any
necessary disciplinary action will be determined by the panel. Within
ten calendar days of receiving notice of disciplinary action, an appeal
based on a showing of good cause may be made to the Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs, whose decision will be final. Reports
regarding faculty or staff should be made directly to the appropriate
vice president. Please be aware that violations of U.S. or Missouri laws
may result in legal and/or civil action.
When appropriate, the panel may report student
violations to the University Hearing Panel.
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Missouri Western State University has designated the MWSU e-mail system
and the electronic portal goldlink.missouriwestern.edu as official
methods of communication to students, faculty, and staff. Each student,
faculty, and staff member receives a MWSU hosted e-mail account and
network login/password. This e-mail account is the primary resource used
for MWSU communications between students, faculty, and staff. Official
notices and information regarding the University will be sent through
the MWSU e-mail system and/or posted on the goldlink.missouriwestern.edu
The University has determined
that use of the MWSU e-mail system and electronic portal is critical to
the success of students and employees in daily routines or job
performance. Students are expected to check their e-mail accounts and
access the MWSU portal at least once per week. Faculty and staff are
expected to check their e-mail accounts and access the MWSU portal every
1–2 business days during active work periods.
Typical e-mail communications
sent by MWSU include information regarding enrollment, grades, billing,
payments, financial aid, and campus activities. Typical information
provided by the portal includes personal announcements, campus
announcements, messages for targeted audiences, and access to the Banner
Self-Service system. It is the responsibility of students, faculty, and
staff to stay informed. Therefore, it is expected that students,
faculty, and staff access this electronic communication medium to stay
informed of the activities of MWSU and to
communicate in a timely manner.
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