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Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are responsible for reading and understanding all sections in the Student Handbook relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Students who violate University rules on academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure or removal from a course, disciplinary probation, and/or dismissal from the University.


Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, falsification, falsifying academic records, or other acts intentionally designed to provide an unfair advantage to the student, and/ or the attempt to commit such acts.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, or class assignments intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student’s academic conduct or violating the guidelines set out by a faculty member for assignments and/or exams. Dual submission of a paper or project, or resubmission of a paper or project to a different class without express permission from the instructor(s) also constitutes cheating.

Plagiarism occurs when a student obtains portions or elements of someone else’s work, including materials prepared by another person or agency, and presents those ideas or words as her or his own academic work.

Collusion occurs when a student collaborates with another person without authorization when preparing an assignment.

Fabrication occurs when a student makes up data or results and records or reports them.

Falsification occurs when a student manipulates research materials, equipment or processes or changes or omits results such that the research is not accurately reflected in the research record.

Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records. Altering or assisting in the altering of any official record of the university, and/or submitting false information or omitting requested information that is required for or related to any academic record of the university. Academic records include, but are not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the Office of the Registrar. Forgery allegations, such as forging a signature on add/drop forms, may be separate from academic dishonesty. Forgery charges are adjudicated following the Student Code of Conduct procedures in the Student Handbook

Checklist for Faculty

  1. Check with Student Life to determine if the student has any previous occurrences of academic dishonesty.
  2. Complete the Academic Dishonesty Report Form and submit to Student Life.
  3. Submit a copy of the course syllabus and the original exam/paper upon which the charge of academic dishonesty is based.
  4. Any other pertinent information.

The faculty member may recommend a sanction to the Committee during the hearing process if applicable. If the assigned sanction involves an action involving a grade and the Committee upholds the recommendation of the faculty member, the faculty member will assign that final grade. In a rare instance when a faculty member can not or will not assign a grade, only the Provost or his/her designee will assign the final grade. The student may appeal the decision of the committee by delivering a written notice of appeal to the Vice President for Student Life within 72 hours following the receipt of the decision. An appeal should contain information relevant to the hearing and should not be an appeal of the sanction. The decision of the Vice President for Student Life is final.

If you have questions about academic dishonesty contact Dr. Heather Speed at  

page last updated 9/14/2014 6:26 PM