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Ways to Prevent Violating the Academic Conduct Policy

The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University has created some resources and web pages to help you to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism and other unethical practices such as cheating.

Avoiding Plagiarizing the Work of Others

What is Plagiarism?


  • Organize your thoughts and sources when you begin a research project. Be sure to read and understand all instructions provided to you by your instructor.
  • Always identify and document the sources used, so that when you prepare a bibliography or works cited page you will have all the information required. Never cite references that you did not use in your work.
  • While doing your reading and research, take clear notes and include citation information. For examples of proper citing of references, click here.
  • For quotations, indicate the page numbers of the source. When paraphrasing others’ ideas in your own words, remember that you still must cite the source.
  • Always give credit to other authors and their work. This demonstrates that you are knowledgeable about the research on your topic and have put forth the effort to learn and investigate the subject matter.
  • Above all else, when in doubt, ask for help from your instructor or a librarian.

For specifics on citing your sources, use the major style manuals (MLA, APA, etc.) in print or online, refer to the Library’s Citation Style page or ask for help at the Reference Desk in the Library. Be sure to ask your instructor which style manual is acceptable. The C.W. Post Writing Center, located in Humanities Hall Room 202, offers writing assistance to students by appointment. Check the Web site for additional information.

Avoiding Cheating on Exams or Tests


  • Do not allow your answers to be visible to others taking the exam.
  • Do not bring any notes, books or other items into an examination unless if specifically authorized by the instructor or proctor.
  • Avoid gazing around the room during exams.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned off and out of sight.
  • Do not communicate with any other student during the exam.
  • Arrive on time and hand all papers in promptly when asked.
  • Do not fall victim to “acts of desperation.” Be sure to manage your studying time throughout the weeks leading up to an exam. If possible, try not to cram before the exam.

There are also numerous tutoring services available on campus, including the Peer Tutoring Program. Content tutoring services are available through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Management, the School of Health Professions and Nursing. Visit the Tutoring Services Web site for more information.

Avoiding Other Violations of the Academic Conduct Policy


  • Do not work on with another student on any assignment unless explicitly approved by your instructor. Be sure to understand the instructor’s expectations for individual and group work.
  • An assignment you completed for a course should never be resubmitted for credit in another course.
  • Do not lend your work to other students.
  • Never take an exam for someone else.
  • Keep copies of all work submitted during a course (including rough drafts and notes) until your final grade is received. If necessary, this can provide evidence of original work. This also holds for electronic assignments – save previous versions under different names.
  • If you submit an assignment electronically to an instructor, be sure to request confirmation of receipt. Although discouraged, if you do not submit the assignment directly to your instructor (i.e., slid under door, left in mailbox, etc.), be sure to follow-up by phone or by email with the instructor the next day to be sure it was received.