Academic integrity is important to Coursera and our institutional partners. Your learners' commitment to academic integrity shows respect for their own work and the work of their peers.
The below is adapted from the learner-facing article highlighting Coursera's Honor Code.
Learners are required to follow Coursera’s Honor Code to uphold Coursera's standard of academic integrity:
- Learners register for only one account. A learner's account is linked to their email address. If learners register on our site with more than one email address, they are registering for more than one account. If a learner has already registered for two accounts, they can contact us via live chat available to learners.
- A learner's answers to homework, quizzes, and exams must be their own work (except for assignments that explicitly permit collaboration).
- Learners may not share their solutions to homework, quizzes, or exams with anyone else unless explicitly permitted by the instructor. This includes anything written by the learner, as well as any official solutions provided by the course staff.
- Learners may not engage in any other activities that will dishonestly improve their results or dishonestly improve or damage the results of others.
Plagiarism is when a learner copies or reproduces words, ideas, or any other materials from another source without giving credit to the original author. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the learner's work, and then submitting the work as their own. Students may discuss assignments among themselves, or with an instructor or tutor‚ but all assignment submissions must be original works done independently by the student. Plagiarism is unacceptable in any academic environment, and is a serious violation of the Coursera Honor Code.
If some or all of the learner's assignment is identified as plagiarism, the following actions may be taken:
- The learner will be notified that their assignment was found to be plagiarized, and a report of the plagiarism case will be provided to Coursera.
- The learner will fail the plagiarized assignment. If their assignment previously received a passing score, the score will be reverted to zero.
- If the failed assignment sufficiently reduces the learner's course score to a non-passing grade, the certificate will be withheld or revoked.
- Removal from a course or learning program.
No refunds will be given for Course or Specialization Certificates that are withheld or revoked due to plagiarism.
We understand our learners come from many different academic backgrounds and many are unfamiliar with our academic standard for plagiarism, and a violation of our policies may have been a one time mistake. If the learner's assignment has been found to have been plagiarized, the learner will receive an email notification detailing next steps.
Nothing in this policy shall restrict the applicability to a learner of any institutional policies established by our content partners in connection with their content (e.g., student codes of conduct); such policies shall supplement this policy and to the extent there is a conflict between such policies and this policy, as between the learner and our content partners, our content partner’s policies shall govern.