Ethical Academic Content Guidelines


This serves as a guide to potential ethical infractions when doing research, writing papers, homework assignments, quizzes, etc. LRC Staff is available to help if you have any questions or need guidance. Please call 870-391-3368 or come to the LRC Information Desk.


To intentionally take and use as one’s own the ideas, writing, or research of another individual. One way to think about this is: don’t copy and paste anything from another resource into your paper without referencing it. The Citation Machine is located on the Office 365 Students site under the Library tab.


Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.

Unauthorized Collaboration

Unauthorized collaboration is defined as working with others on assignments or exams without the instructor’s permission. This hinders the instructor’s ability to assess learning. Before borrowing someone’s notes, ideas, old tests or essays, consult your class syllabus and have a conversation with your instructor directly to ensure you understand his or her expectations.


The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 US Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials; the person using equipment is liable for any infringement. Please refer to for more in depth information and remember: if you aren’t sure, don’t do it. If you see the words: “For personal use only. Do not duplicate,” you shouldn’t make a copy of it. Don’t commit copyright infringement.

Research Help

LRC Staff members are available to show different resources and methods used to conduct research and to help students use research tools. Staff members will not do research for students, but will empower them to do their own research as part of the learning process.

Test Tampering

Intentionally gaining access to restricted test materials including booklets, banks, questions, or answers before a test is given; or tampering with questions or answers after a test is completed.

If you witness an academic integrity violation, please report it via the Northark Feedback Forum or talk to an LRC staff member.

Information is adapted from the Standards of Conduct.
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