Cheating and Plagiarism


Each student is expected to maintain academic ethics and honesty in all its forms, and to avoid cheating and plagiarism defined by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code (Code of Conduct) .

Cheating is the act of using or attempting to use or providing others with unauthorized information, materials or study aids in academic work. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, passing examination answers to or taking examinations for someone else, or preparing or copying other's academic work.

Plagiarism is the act of appropriating another person's or group's ideas or work (written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof and passing them off as the product of one's own work in any academic exercise or activity.

Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include but are not limited to:


  1. Discuss the misconduct with the student in a confidential environment.
  2. If you determine an academic infraction occurred, the student must be notified of the sanction or outcome, within ten (10) business days.
  3. Faculty may establish a student-faculty resolution in place of traditional sanctions for first time infractions. These resolutions are typically informal, and must still be reported to Judicial Affairs. If the student is not found responsible for future academic infractions, the record will not be made permanent.
  4. Sanctions and resolutions may include warning, retaking an assignment or exam, failing the assignment or exam, failing the class, suspension, or withholding a degree. For a complete list, refer to Code of Conduct. Sanctions should be applied fairly and consistently, and should be commensurate to the infraction.
  5. Report the infraction and sanction or resolution to Judicial Affairs. Reports may be made on a formal or informal basis. Typically, less severe, first time incidents are not entered on to a student’s permanent disciplinary record. Students may appeal an academic sanction within ten (10) days of outcome notification to the appropriate chair or dean.