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Understanding the Policy

Violations of policy may be intentional or unintentional and may include dishonesty in academic assignments or in dealing with University officials, including faculty and staff members. Moreover, dishonesty during the Dean’s Discipline hearing process may result in more serious consequences. More information can be found in the Standards & Discipline.

If an instructor believes you to have acted dishonestly, you will be referred to the formal process of Dean's Discipline. Overseen by Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Dean’s Discipline process is an educational one that determines your responsibility using the principle of "preponderance of evidence." If found responsible, and depending on the nature of the dishonesty and whether or not you have a disciplinary record, you could face one of several sanctions.

Parents and guardians may be informed, faculty committees awarding honors will be notified, and the case may remain on your permanent record meaning that employers and graduate schools may also be informed. These sanctions are in addition to whatever determination the instructor makes on how your final grade in the class will be affected.

Types of academic integrity violations:

Academic Dishonesty, Facilitation of 

assisting another student in a violation of academic integrity is prohibited. This may include but is not limited to selling and/or providing

Assistance, Unauthorized Giving

unauthorized assistance to another student or receiving unauthorized aid from another person on tests, quizzes, assignments or examinations without the instructor's express permission is prohibited.


offering or giving any favor or thing of value for the purpose of improperly influencing a grade or other evaluation of a student in an academic program is prohibited.


wrongfully using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or the ideas or work of another in order to gain an unfair advantage is prohibited. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, using or consulting unauthorized materials or using unauthorized equipment or devices on tests, quizzes, assignments or examinations, working on any examination, text, quiz or assignment outside of the time constraints imposed, the unauthorized use of prescription medication to enhance academic performance, and /or submitting an altered examination or assignment to an instructor for re-grading.

Collaboration, Unauthorized

collaborating on academic work without the instructor's permission is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized collaboration on tests, quizzes, assignments, labs, and projects.


falsification, forgery, or misrepresentation of information to any University official in order to gain an unfair academic advantage in coursework or lab work, on any application, petition, or documents submitted to this University is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, falsifying information on a resume, fabrication of credentials or academic records, misrepresenting one's own research, providing false or misleading information in order to be excused from classes or assignments and/or intentionally underperforming on a placement exam.

Ethics, Honor Codes, and Professional Standards, Violation of

any violation of published institutional policies related to ethics, honor codes, or professional standards of a student's respective school is prohibited.

Failing to Safeguard Work

failure to take precautions to safeguard one's own work is prohibited.

Giving or Taking Academic Materials, Unauthorized

unauthorized circulation or sharing of past or present course material(s) without the instructor's express permission is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to assignments, exams, lab reports, notebooks, and papers.

Obtaining Advanced Knowledge

unauthorized advanced access to exams or other assignments without an instructor's express permission is prohibited.


the use of words, phrases, or ideas belonging to another without properly citing or acknowledging the source is prohibited. This may include, but is not limited to, copying computer programs for the purposes of completing assignments for submission.


inappropriately and deliberately harming someone else's academic performance is prohibited.


 using any material portion of an assignment to fulfill the requirements of more than one course without the instructor's express permission is prohibited.

Test Conditions

violations of compromising a testing environment or violating specified testing conditions, to intentionally or unintentionally create access to an unfair advantage for oneself or others is prohibited.

Academic Integrity


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