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Molloy's Suffolk Center Library

Academic Integrity

“Academic integrity is striving to do one’s best work in a way that does not cheat, demean, or manipulate others”, according to Dr. Marion Flomenhaft, Associate Dean for Academic Services at Molloy College. Dr. Flomenhaft states that our students are expected to be “honest and truthful,” a belief based on the Dominican tradition of truth and one of its pillars of STUDY. To learn more about Molloy College’s Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures please refer to Excel with Integrity and the  Academic Integrity-Student Guide.

To have academic integrity also requires a basic understanding of research ethics in order to avoid plagiarism. Failing to carefully reference source material or paraphrased information without giving credit to the original author/creator is considered plagiarism. Plagiarizing by anyone associated with Molloy College shall result in disciplinary action. To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please refer to the Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Libguide.

Whenever using information from any sources as part of a research paper, it is each researcher’s responsibility to properly cite the works that have been used and to ensure that such use falls within the current guidelines of fair use.

The purpose of the fair use exception is to allow the public to use copyrighted works, under certain circumstances, without having to pay royalties or obtain permission.  Fair use supports the limited use of scholarly works if the amount of the work used is reasonable and intended for non-commercial educational use. Generally, the lesser the amount used the more likely it is to be considered fair use.  Once again, it is critically important for any researcher to cite their sources whenever using or referencing any materials that are not their own.