Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a basic principle, which requires that students take credit only for ideas and efforts that are their own. Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty are defined as the submission of materials in assignments, exams, or other academic work that is based on sources prohibited by the faculty member. Substantial portions of academic work that a student has submitted for a course may not be resubmitted for credit in another course without the knowledge and advance permission of the instructor. Academic dishonesty is further defined in the Student Code of Conduct.


Cheating, Plagiarism, or Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty:

  • presenting as their own the ideas or works of others without proper citation of sources;
  • utilizing devices not authorized by the faculty member;
  • using sources (including but not limited to text, images, computer code, and audio/video files) not authorized by the faculty member;
  • providing assistance without the faculty member's permission to another student, or receiving assistance not authorized by the faculty member from anyone (with or without their knowledge);
  • submitting work done for academic credit in previous classes, without the knowledge and advance permission of the current faculty member;
  • acting as a substitute or utilizing a substitute;
  • deceiving faculty members or other representatives of the university to affect a grade or to gain admission to a program or course;
  • fabricating or misrepresenting data;
  • possessing, buying, selling, obtaining, or using a copy of any material intended to be used as an instrument of assessment in advance of its administration;
  • altering grade records of their own or another student's work;
  • offering a monetary payment or other remuneration in exchange for a grade; or 
  • violating the ethical guidelines or professional standards of a given program.

In addition to any adverse academic action, which may result from engaging in academically dishonest behavior, the University specifically reserves the right to address and sanction the conduct involved through the Student Conduct Review Procedures outlined on this website in the Student Conduct section. Academic actions are reviewable under the Academic Dispute Resolution Procedure.


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