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Understanding the Policy

Violations of academic integrity 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.

Overseen by Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Dean’s Discipline process is an educational one that determines responsibility using the principle of "preponderance of evidence." A student charged with a violation of academic integrity is notified and provided the opportunity to respond through the Dean's Discipline process with the support of their Advising Dean. If the student is found responsible for a violation sanctions will be issued upon consideration of the specifics of the case, institutional precedent, disciplinary history, aggravating circumstances, and community impact. A student found responsible for an academic integrity violation may expect to receive sanctions ranging from conditional disciplinary probation, disciplinary probation and may even be suspended or expelled from the University. Students will also be referred to meet with the Director of Academic Integrity to reflect on the process and reconnect to campus support resources.

Additionally, students found responsible for violations of academic integrity may be required to report such offenses on future applications to graduate and professional schools. Such offenses will also be noted on recommendations for Latin Honors and Phi Beta Kappa. The parents or guardians of dependent students may be notified when a student is no longer in good disciplinary standing. The University reserves the right to indicate disciplinary suspension or expulsion on a student's academic transcript. Furthermore, the instructor of record reserves the right to determine how the student's final grade will be affected in the course where the academic integrity violation occurred.

For more information on the Dean's Discipline process, please visit the Student Conduct and Community Standards website.

Types of academic integrity violations:

Academic Dishonesty, Facilitation of 

Knowingly or negligently engaging in behavior that assists another student in a violation of academic integrity is prohibited. 

Assistance, Unauthorized Giving

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.

Bribery

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

Cheating

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.

Dishonesty

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 under performing on a placement exam. Furthermore, another party providing false information on another students's behalf is prohibited.

Ethics, Honor Codes, and Professional Standards, Violation of

Violating established institutional policies related to the 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. This includes, but is not limited to: leaving work on public computers; sharing work with other students for a completed course without authorization from the course instructor; and sharing course notes without authorization.

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. Methods of distribution include but are not limited to: uploading to public websites such as CourseHero or Github; emailing; sharing through Courseworks or Canvas; or taking and/or distributing unauthorized recordings of lectures/course instructions.

Obtaining Advanced Knowledge

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

Plagiarism

The use of words, phrases, or ideas belonging to the student, 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.

Sabotage

Inappropriately and deliberately harming someone else's academic performance is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: altering another students experiment data; disrupting the experiments and tests of others; taking actions which prevent others from completing work; or making modifications to parts of a group project without the knowledge of contributors.

Self-Plagiarism

 Using any material portion of previously submitted work to fulfill the requirements of an assignment for the same course or another, without proper citation and/or the instructor's express permission, is prohibited.

Violation of Test Conditions

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.

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