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Copyright Guidelines

WSU encourages the preparation and publication of copyrightable work that result from teaching, research, scholarly and artistic endeavors by members of the faculty, staff and student body by upholding ownership rights of authors in their writings and scholarship that result from usual teaching, research or artistic activities. Normally, the copyright of these works is held by the author.

The reproduction or phono recording of copyrighted works for classroom or teaching laboratory purposes such as criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship, or research, is permitted, if minimum fair use standards for permissible copying are observed. Further, WSU policy is in compliance with provisions of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 concerning the performance or display of copyrighted works.

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A federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment) as amended, affords students certain rights concerning their educational records. Students have the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from the records. Educational institutional have the responsibility to prevent improper disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records. Faculty should uphold the FERPA rights of students.

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Academic Freedom

Weber State University seeks to provide and sustain an environment conducive to sharing, extending and critically examining knowledge and values. Academic freedom in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge through all media is recognized as a right of all members of the faculty, whether of tenure or non-tenure status, of all administrative officers and of all students. (See PPM 9-1)

Weber State University endorses the 1940 AAUP "Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure."

Academic Dishonesty

Recent research articles and news reports suggest that three-fourths of today's college students report committing breeches of academic integrity. Some researchers attribute student tolerance of violations to their preoccupations with success and contend that students see cheating as a means, similar to studying, of gathering information in order to obtain a passing grade. (See Academic Integrity Matters, NASPA, 1998). Other researchers conclude that an academic honor code is only a mild deterrent to academic dishonesty. Students are more likely to cheat if they perceive that the campus culture tolerates cheating. (See "Honor among Students" in NASE4 Journal, Fall 1998).

Faculty are advised to include in their class syllabi specific language warning students of the sanctions (ranging from a lowered grade to expulsion) which may be imposed on students who:

    • Cheat: Intentionally use or attempt to use unathorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
    • Plagiarize: Intentionally or knowingly represent the words or ideas of another as your own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism is considered a form of theft.
    • Collude: Collaborate without authorization with another person in preparinig work offered for credit.
    • Falsification: Intentionally altering or inventing without authorization any information or citation in an academic exercise, activity or record-keeping process.

Academic Dishonesty https://www3.uwstout.edu/stusrv/dean/dishonesty.cfm 


Students sometimes plagiarize ideas from outside sources without realizing they are doing so. Faculty would do well to help students understand that they plagiarize if they present other writers' word and ideas as their own. Such help is available from the Learning Skills Centre at UNBC https://www.unbc.ca/lsc/ and from the Writing Center at Hamilton 

The WSU Library has identified web resources for faculty on plagiarism which can be found at https://library.weber.edu/ref/guides/subject/plagarism/default.cfm.