Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is expected of all members of the University community. Charges of academic dishonesty are taken seriously and can, if a student is found guilty, carry serious consequences. Because some students are dishonest because of ignorance about what is expected of them rather than because they are purposefully dishonest, definitions of cheating and plagiarism from the University Code of Conduct follow below.


The term cheating includes but is not limited to:

  • Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.
  • Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.
  • Acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.
  • Knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student on quizzes, tests or examinations.


The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  • Use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference.
  • Unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  • Unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.