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Academic misconduct refers to any dishonest or unethical behavior that violates the principles of academic integrity. It typically involves actions that aim to gain an unfair advantage in academic settings, such as schools, colleges, or universities. Academic misconduct can take various forms, including:

  1. Plagiarism: Presenting someone else's work, ideas, or words as your own without proper attribution. This includes copying and pasting text from sources without citation, paraphrasing without giving credit, or submitting someone else's work as your own.

  2. Cheating: Engaging in dishonest practices to gain an unfair advantage during exams, tests, or assignments. Examples include copying from another student, using unauthorised materials, or obtaining exam answers in advance.

  3. Fabrication or falsification: Inventing or manipulating data, sources, or information to support a false claim or create a misleading impression. This can involve forging research findings, altering data, or creating fictitious sources.

  4. Unauthorised collaboration: Working together on assignments or exams when it is explicitly prohibited by the instructor. Collaboration is generally encouraged in certain contexts, but it should always be done within the boundaries defined by the instructor or institution.

  5. Impersonation: Pretending to be someone else or having someone else complete academic work on your behalf. This can involve hiring someone to write a paper, taking an exam on behalf of another student, or using someone else's credentials to access educational resources.

  6. Breaching exam rules: Violating the rules and regulations set for exams, such as accessing unauthorised materials or using electronic devices when prohibited.

Academic institutions have policies and codes of conduct in place to address and deter academic misconduct. Consequences for engaging in such misconduct can vary and may include penalties such as academic probation, suspension, expulsion, or damage to one's reputation. It's important to uphold academic integrity and approach your studies with honesty, integrity, and a commitment to learning.

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