Academic Integrity

As members of the academic community, students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity.

The University assumes, as a basic and minimum standard of conduct in academic matters, that students will be honest and that they will submit for credit only the products of their own efforts. Both the ideals of scholarship and the need for practices that are fair require that all dishonest work be rejected as a basis for academic credit. They also require that students refrain from any and all forms of dishonorable conduct in the course of their academic work. Dishonest work may include, but is not limited to, the following infractions:.

Plagiarism: Presenting another person’s work as one’s own, including paraphrasing or summarizing of the works of another person without acknowledgment and the submitting of another student’s work as one’s own is considered plagiarism.  

Plagiarism frequently involves a failure to acknowledge in the text, notes or footnotes the quotation of paragraphs, sentences or even a few phrases written or spoken by someone else.

Cheating on Examinations: Giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during or after an examination is considered cheating. Examples of unauthorized help include the use of notes, texts or “crib sheets” during an examination (unless specifically approved by the instructor).

Unauthorized Collaboration: Submission for academic credit of a work product, or a part thereof, represented as being one’s own, which has been developed in substantial collaboration with assistance from another person or source, is a violation of academic honesty. It is also a violation of academic honesty to knowingly provide such assistance. Collaborative work specifically authorized by an instructor is allowed.

Falsification: It is a violation of academic honesty to misrepresent material or fabricate information in an academic exercise or assignment (e.g., false or misleading citation of sources or the falsification of the results of experiments or of computer data).

Multiple Submissions: It is a violation of academic honesty to submit substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once without the explicit consent of the instructor(s) to whom the material is submitted for additional credit.

Consequences of Violations  

Violations of academic integrity may result in the following: a grade of “F” or a “zero” for the assignment, an “F” for the course, withdrawal from the course, or suspension or expulsion from the University. Serious violations of academic integrity are reported to the Office of Academic Affairs.