Applying Personal Values to Education

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Applying personal values to education – A student perspective

A university, like organizations and communities, are comprised of individuals representing different cultural and religious backgrounds. In defining the rules of conduct for individuals functioning together, it is necessary to formally define those rules to ensure that all are aware of the common values that should be adhered to and the consequences of non-adherence. For students attending the University of Phoenix, there is the expectation that each will be familiar with the universities policies set forth in the Program Handbook. The university clearly states that "Students are expected to conduct themselves ethically, honestly, and with integrity". One of the
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To plagiarize is to use the work of another and represent it as your own work. The overall concept is simple. Do not copy the work of another and use it as your own. It is commonly understood, although not always adhered to, that a student should not have another write their paper nor should they purchase a pre-written paper and turn it in with their name on it. Many students can lack an understanding of the more subtle aspects of plagiarism though. A common misconception is using the work of another and simply rephrasing it or using quotes around the portion of the work of another but not citing that source. In these cases, a student might not realize that they may be plagiarizing another author.
The University of Phoenix attempts to address these issues by ensuring each student is given extensive information on what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. In addition to educating students about plagiarism, the university also makes the consequences of such clear to students. The student handbook states that any student suspected of such infractions will undergo an investigation and face the possibility of expulsion from the school. Kevin Mason (2006) asserts that "Possibly the strongest deterrent from cheating is the fear of getting caught and thus suffering severe consequences". (Student Integrity p. 299) His research has shown that if students feel that there will be consequences to cheating (through academic

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