Cheating and Plagiarism
UNIVERSITY’S POLICY ON ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Each student is expected to maintain academic ethics and honesty in all its forms,
and to avoid cheating and plagiarism defined by the Student 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.
UNINTENTIONAL PLAGIARISM IS STILL PLAGIARISM
FABRICATION is the use of invented or falsified information, research or other findings.
Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
- Classroom disruption
- Copying from another persons assignment or exam
- Letting someone else copy from your assignment or exam
- Copying and pasting, without giving proper credit to or paraphrasing the source
- Unauthorized group work
- Passing off your own past or current work for other assignments, without permission
from the instructor(s)
- Using online test banks
IF YOU CATCH OR SUSPECT ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
- Discuss the concern with the student in a confidential environment (via email, during
office hours, or in a hallway that's not crowded).
- Use the preponderance of evidence standard or what most likely occurred.
- If you determine an academic infraction occurred, the student must be notified of
any action you take (sanctions), within ten (10) business days.
- 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 Student Conduct to make sure the student doesn't have a pattern of
infractions. As long as the student is not found responsible for past or future academic
infractions, the record will not be made permanent.
- 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.
- Report the infraction and sanction or resolution to Student Conduct. 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.
FACULTY MAY NOT REMOVE A STUDENT FROM CLASS OR DENY A STUDENT ACCESS TO A FINAL EXAM
UNTIL THE STUDENT HAS EXHAUSTED ALL APPEALS; EXCEPT IN CASES WHERE THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT
THREAT OF DISRUPTION OR OF UNDERMINING THE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY OF THE COURSE.
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT DUE PROCESS