Academic Policies

Tisch Policy on Academic Integrity

Statement of Principle

The core of the educational experience at the Tisch School of the Arts is the creation of original academic and artistic work by students for the critical review of faculty members. It is therefore of the utmost importance that students at all times provide their instructors with an accurate sense of their current abilities and knowledge in order to receive appropriate constructive criticism and advice. Any attempt to evade that essential, transparent transaction between instructor and student through plagiarism or cheating is educationally self-defeating and a grave violation of Tisch School of the Arts community standards.


Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s original work as if it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own:
• a sequence of words quoted without quotation marks
• a paraphrased passage from another writer’s work
• ideas, sound recordings, computer data, or images composed or created by someone else.

Students are expected to build their own work on that of other people, just as professional artists, scholars, and writers do. Giving credit to the creator of the work you are incorporating into your own work is an act of integrity; plagiarism, on the other hand, is a form of fraud. Proper acknowledgment and correct citation constitute the difference.

Cheating is an attempt to deceive a faculty member into believing that your mastery of a subject or discipline is greater than it really is by a range of dishonest methods. Examples of cheating include but are not limited to:
• using notes, books, electronic media, or electronic communications in an exam without permission
• talking with fellow students or looking at another person’s work during an exam
• submitting substantially the same work in multiple courses without the explicit prior permission of the instructors
• submitting work previously created for another course without the instructor’s knowledge and approval
• fabricating a citation or using a false citation
• purchasing a paper or hiring someone else to write a paper for you
• having someone take an exam for you, or taking an exam for someone else
• allowing another student to present your work as his or her own
• altering or forging academic documents, including but not limited to admissions materials and medical excuses
• unauthorized collaboration on work intended to be done individually.


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