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Academic Student Conduct

Academic Honesty

The University in its quest for truth and knowledge embraces honesty and integrity. These fundamental values must not be compromised. Therefore, the University takes seriously its responsibility for academic honesty.

The following are violations in the Academic Honesty Policy

Cheating - the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means. Some examples are:

  • Copying from another student's paper
  • Theft of an examination
  • Claiming falsely that you took an examination at the scheduled time
  • Utilizing calculators and/or other learning aids forbidden by the instructor
  • Having someone take the examination in your place
  • Using lecture notes or textbooks during an examination when prohibited
  • Fabricating bibliographic references
  • Pretending to submit a paper
  • Submitting the same term paper to two different instructors

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Examples of Cheating

Plagiarism - the act of using ideas, words, or work of another person or persons as if they were your own, without giving proper credit to the original sources. Some examples are:

  • Paraphrasing thoughts of others without appropriate quotation marks
  • Failing to give credit via proper citations for others' ideas and concepts, data and information, statements and phrases, and/or interpretations and conclusions
  • Failing to include quotation marks when quoting directly from another source

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Examples of Plagiarism

Misrepresentation - Knowingly providing false academic information to a University official, faculty member, or campus office.

Collusion - Any student who intentionally helps another student perform any of the above acts.


Academic - consequences established by the faculty may include one or all of the following:

  • Assigning a lowered grade or a zero for an individual assignment
  • Assigning a lowered grade of an "F" in the class
  • Asking the student to repeat the assignment or submit an additional assignment

Administrative - consequences established by administrative members of the University have the right to impose the following:

  • Expulsion
  • Suspension
  • Probation
  • Withdrawal of a degree
  • Restitution

Further Information

Information on Student Conduct and Student's Rights

Information on Reporting and Appeal Process