As defined by Buffalo State's Academic Affairs Office, "academic misconduct" refers to any form of plagiarism or cheating on examinations or assignments, and is inconsistent with the aims and goals of the State University College at Buffalo. Instances of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
Faculty may require students to use textual similarity detection software (e.g. Turnitin.com) in course.
Textual similarity detection software compares submitted student text to a database of millions of previously published documents, including those in the public Internet, a proprietary collection of published articles, as well as every student paper previously submitted to the detection service.
When similarities between student text and an existing document are found, the software identifies those similarities for instructor and/or student review. (Similarity alone is not evidence of academic misconduct; as such material may be correctly cited.) This software may be used as an educational tool to assist students in learning how to properly cite resources, to decrease instances of academic misconduct, and/or to assist in the identification of acts of academic misconduct.
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