Est-ce que vous trichez?! Bien sûr que non!!

(Do you cheat?! Of course not!)

As of Spring 2017, RGSLL department policy concerning Academic Honesty has changed. It is no longer possible to issue a warning of infringement of GW Academic Policy (cheating or other) without informing the administration. Even first offenses will now be reported. For French language courses, this means:

No electronic device or documents of any kind (notes, notebooks, textbooks, etc.) may be consulted during a graded activity or test without the explicit permission of the instructor. This includes online testing, unless designated in writing on the syllabus by your professor as "open book".

No electronic device, even if turned off, or document of any kind (notes, notebooks, textbooks, etc.) may be visible, regardless of whether it is being used or not, during a graded activity or test without the explicit permission of the instructor.

If you have any questions during such an activity or test (vocabulary words, the time, etc.), you may ask your instructor.

The following are examples of past actions during a graded activity or test that from now on will be reported directly to the administration:
-) a student's phone was visible to the student and/or the instructor during a test or in-class composition (on the desk, in the student's lap, etc.)
-) a student's notes were left open on the floor or in his/her lap during a test
-) a key ring with notes was visible during a test

NOTE: It is not a question of whether a student uses any of the above devices or documents. If they are visible, it must be assumed that the student may even inadvertenly see them and therefore may be assisted during the activity or test.

The above is in addition to the continued enforcement of our past policies:

Academic Honesty :

Students are expected to be familiar with the GW Code of Academic Integrity, available at

This means that all homework, classwork and exams must be the student's own work. The use of Generative Artificial Intelligence tools (ChatGPT, etc.), online translation services or of any other translation not that of the student are also considered plagiarism and are not accepted. Consulting notes or supplementary materials of any kind during an exam or other graded work is prohibited unless expliciting allowed by the professor.

In instances when information from other people is appropriate, including print or Internet sources, they must be cited appropriately be they direct quotations or paraphrased material.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your professor.

Students who fail to properly cite sources will be subject to sanctions as outlined in the Code of Academic Integrity