Student Resources

The Office of Academic Integrity exists to uphold standards of integrity at Mason.  Part of that role includes making sure our students are aware of the resources available on campus that will help them become successful students.  If you have questions about how to access these resources, feel free to contact our office for more information.

Self Plagiarism-What is it?

Online Study Sites and Academic Integrity

Preparing Your Expedited Review Statement

Common Questions

You will receive a letter via email to your Mason email account (Mason's official form of communication) that a referral has been received.  You will need to schedule and keep a meeting with a staff member in the Office of Academic Integrity within seven days of the letter to review the case materials and decide the next course of action.  The meeting is NOT A HEARING.  It is a chance to review all the materials received by the referring party and determine how you (the student) would like to resolve the case.

If you have not received a letter, but notice a course grade of "NR" on your transcript, contact our office.

You can bring anyone with you.  Some students come alone, some students bring a trusted advisor, some bring an interpreter, and some students bring their parents. Anyone in the room during the pre-hearing meeting can ask questions.  The student will need to complete a FERPA waiver prior to the meeting taking place giving our office permission to discuss the case in the presence of the student's advisor/interpreter/parents.

Yes.  You have the option of asking for the Honor Committee to review your case.  The form that review takes depends on the recommended sanction sent over by the referring party.  If the referring party recommends suspension  or permanent dismissal from Mason, you are eligible for a full in person hearing.  If not, your case will be turned over to the committee for an expedited review which requires you to submit a written statement with any additional supporting documentation.  More details around this process can be found in the full reading of the honor code.

No.  Once an allegation is made, the referral is in progress.  The student may not drop or withdraw unless they are found to be not in violation of the Honor Code.  If the student drops the course, they will be re-enrolled.

Absolutely!  Some sanction outcomes if you are found responsible will not impact your ability to complete the class with a passing grade.  Even if a sanction outcome would, it is not a forgone conclusion that you will be found responsible.  If you are contesting the allegation, continue to go to class so you don't miss critical work.

No.  We provide ample time for students to complete educational sanctions.  Failure to complete sanctions will result in a registration hold being placed on the student's account.  The hold is only lifted upon confirmation that the student completed the sanction.  As such, it is imperative that you pay attention to the deadlines for the sanctions you've been assigned and complete the sanctions by the indicated deadlines.

The Honor Committee does not take into account intent with regard to Honor Code cases.  They look at whether or not a violation took place.

Contact our office and the department chair.   Professors should not adjudicate cases on their own and you have a right to contest an allegation.

The Honor Committee will proceed to hear the case with the information they have available to them.  A registration hold may be placed on your account, which will prevent registration, the processing of graduation and degree conferral, and transcript processing.

Campus Resources

Mason has a variety of resources that can assist you with becoming a stronger scholar and more engaged student.  Often students find themselves confused about how to write, what it means to paraphrase, and how to properly cite. Sometimes students find themselves referred to the Office of Academic Integrity due to lack of planning and an inability to manage their time well. They may also simply struggle with the material.  There are offices on campus available and ready to assist you with the areas you are struggling with that may be impacting your schoolwork.

The Writing Center

With locations in Robinson Hall, Enterprise Hall, and the Johnson Center, the Mason Writing Center provides free tutorials to assist Mason student in various aspects of writing.   Information and appointments can be scheduled by visiting the following link:

Learning Services

If you are struggling with academic skills beyond writing, Learning Services provides a variety of academic skills workshops, coaching, and a tutoring program.  Information can be found by visiting the following link:

University Libraries

No longer just a place to find books or research old documents, the staff in the University Libraries offer a variety of workshops and online tutorials aimed at helping you become a better researcher and scholar. Information regarding their workshops, tutorials, and services can be found by visiting the following link:

Office of Research Integrity and Assurance

When working on a research project, particularly those that require institutional review board approval, it is important that you have a clear understanding of what the requirements are related to successful and ethical completion of the project.  The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance is a valuable resource for gaining a greater understanding of the meaning of integrity around specialized research topics.  Information on how they can be of assistance can be found at the following link:

Citation Assistance

There are several types of citation styles. Which one you use will likely depend on what discipline you’re writing for. If you are writing for the Humanities, you might use MLA (Modern Language Association) citation style. If you’re writing for the sciences you may use AIP (American Institute of Physics). Below is a list of common citation styles, if you are unsure which style you should be using to cite your sources speak with your professor or contact a reference librarian.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Chicago Manual of Style

Modern Language Association (MLA)

American Psychological Association (APA)


American Institute of Physics (AIP)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Chemical Society (ACS)


Turabian – designed for college students to use with all subjects.

AP Style – used for news writing