Academic IntegrityAcademic Integrity

Now that you have enrolled in courses and are all set to attend classes, it is important to remember that you are attending a world class institution that has high academic standards.

When working on class assignments or taking exams, it is important that students maintain a high level of academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to understand what is considered academic misconduct, how to avoid it, and the consequences of such behavior.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes, but not limited to, the following: Plagiarism (the use of someone else’s work without giving proper credit), cheating on an exam, copying another student’s work, signing another student’s name on an attendance sheet, using unauthorized notes during an exam, using the same paper or any portion of a paper for two or more classes without both professor’s consent and knowledge, and assisting others in any of the previously listed actions.

Plagiarism constitutes for more than half of the academic misconduct cases that are referred to the Dean of Student’s Office. Plagiarism can include turning in a paper or an essay or examination written by another person or by a term paper service, copying some portion of your text from another source without proper acknowledgement, and borrowing another person’s specific ideas without documenting the source.

Avoiding Academic MisconductAvoiding Academic Misconduct

In order to avoid academic misconduct, please visit and understand the Dean of Students statement on academic integrity.

If another student asks you for your help with an assignment, discuss the assignment together (if allowed by the professor), but avoid giving the student direct access to your work.

Understand your professor’s expectations when working in groups. For example, the professor will expect all members of the group to turn in their own individual papers.


The University takes academic misconduct seriously. If a faculty member suspects a student has engaged in academic misconduct, they contact the student and ask them to explain their work.

If the faculty member still believes the student engaged in such an act after meeting with them, they will decide on a sanction, which may include a zero on the assignment or exam, a lower grade in the course or failure in the course. The Dean of Student's Office is informed and will contact the student about their rights. Repeated acts of academic misconduct may result in more serious actions such as probation or suspension.

For more information on academic integrity, please visit the Dean of Students Office Academic Integrity web site.

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