academic dishonesty offenses

Violation of any of the following standards subject any student to disciplinary action:

1. Plagiarism
The term "PLAGIARISM" includes but is not limited to(a) the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work or creative and/or intellectual property in print, product, or digital media of another person without full and clear acknowledgment; (b) the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers, reports, or other academic materials; or (c) the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any other means another person's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own work. Plagiarism is unethical, since it deprives the true author of his/her rightful credit and then gives that credit to someone to whom it is not due. Examples include:

  • Quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing written material, even a few phrases, without acknowledgment.
  • Failing to acknowledge the source of either a major idea or an ordering principle central to one's own paper.
  • Relying on another person's data, evidence, or critical method without credit or permission.
  • Submitting another person's work as one's own. 
  • Using unacknowledged research sources gathered by someone else.
  • Copying portions or outcomes of two- or threedimensional creative property of previously published work.
  • Copying items from Internet websites without acknowledgment of the source.

2. Bribery
The term "BRIBERY" includes the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any consideration in order to obtain a grade or other treatment not otherwise earned by the student through his/her own academic performance.

The term "CHEATING" includes but is not limited to (a) use of or giving to others any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes or examinations; (b) dependence upon aids beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; or (d) the unauthorized use of any
electronic or mechanical device during any program, course, quiz, or examination or in connection with laboratory reports or other materials related to academic performance.

The term "MISREPRESENTATION" includes any act or omission undertaken with intent to deceive an instructor for academic advantage. Examples include:

  • Using a computer program generated by another and handing it in as one's own work unless expressly allowed by the instructor.
  • Lying to an instructor to improve one's grade.
  • Lying or misrepresenting facts when confronted with an allegation of academic dishonesty.

5. Conspiracy
The term "CONSPIRACY" means planning or acting with one or more persons to commit any form of academic dishonesty in order to gain academic advantage for oneself or another.

6. Fabrication
The term "FABRICATION" means the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive and thereby gain academic or professional advantage.

7. Multiple Submissions
The term "MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS" means submitting substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once, unless there is prior explicit consent by the instructor(s) to whom the material is being or has been submitted.

8. Unauthorized Collaboration
The term "UNAUTHORIZED COLLABORATION" means collaborating on projects, papers, computer programs, lab reports, or other academic assignments where such collaboration has been prohibited by the instructor.

9. Sabotage
The term "SABOTAGE" means deliberately impairing, destroying, damaging, or stealing another's work or working material. Examples include:

  • Destroying, stealing, or damaging another's lab experiment, computer program, term paper, exam, or project.
  • Removing uncharged library materials with the effect that others cannot use them.
  • Defacing or damaging library materials with the effect that others cannot use them.
  • Hoarding or displacing materials within the library with the effect that others have undue difficulty using them.
  • Interfering with the operation of a computer system so as to have an adverse effect on the academic performance of others.