What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic dishonesty is a corrosive force in the academic life of a university. It jeopardizes the quality of education and depreciates the genuine achievements of others. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of academic dishonesty is not a neutral act. All members of the University Community - students, faculty, and staff - share the responsibility to challenge and make known acts of apparent academic dishonesty.

Under the Code of Academic Integrity, there are five types of academic dishonesty: cheating, fabrication, facilitation, plagiarism, and self-plagiarism.

Cheating

"Fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in any academic course or exercise in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage and/or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic course or exercise."

  • Students completing any examination should assume that external assistance (e.g., books, notes, calculators, conversation with others) is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
  • Students must not allow others to conduct research or prepare any work for them without advance authorization from the instructor. This includes, but is not limited to, the services of commercial term paper companies.
  • Substantial portions of the same academic work may not be submitted for credit or honors more than once without authorization from each instructor.
  • Students should not collaborate on homework assignments or take-home tests/quizzes without advance authorization from the instructor.

Fabrication

"Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic course or exercise."

  • "Invented" information may not be used in any laboratory experiment or other academic exercise without notice to and authorization from the instructor.
  • One should acknowledge reliance upon the actual source from which cited information was obtained.
  • Attempts to alter graded work to submit as a re-grade is seen as academic dishonesty. 

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

"Knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty."

  • Helping another student cheat, fabricate, or plagiarize.
  • Students should not share answers to assignments via group chats 
  • Students should avoid posting graded material on course assistance websites like CourseHero or Chegg. 

Plagiarism

"Representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic course or exercise."

  • Information that is obtained in one's reading or research, which is not common knowledge among students in the course, must be acknowledged.
    • Direct Quotation: Every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or by appropriate indentation and must be promptly cited in the appropriate manner (i.e., MLA style, APA style, Chicago style, footnote).
    • Paraphrase: Immediate acknowledgement is required when material from another source is paraphrased or summarized, in whole or part, in your own words. Paraphrasing is not reordering or changing a few words in a sentence.
  • Textbooks and handouts are not considered common knowledge.
  • Contact The Writing Center for more information.
  • If you are unsure of the proper citation rules and format for a class, ask your instructor to explain what is expected.

Self-Plagiarism

"The reuse of substantial identical or nearly identical portions of one’s own work in multiple courses without prior permission from the current instructor or from each of the instructors if the work is being submitted for multiple courses in the same semester."

  • If a student is repeating a course, let the instructor know. Students cannot simply resubmit graded work a second time. 
  • If assignments between different classes seem alike, talk with the instructors of those courses to make sure you can use the same information for both classes.