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Violations of academic integrity


Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the kinds of misconduct listed below. Such dishonesty may involve written or spoken communication or those conveyed in electronic form.  The act shall be considered in conjunction with the definitions of Section 2 to decide the classification and adjudication.   

1.1  Cheating

Cheating involves the use of unauthorized or unethical assistance to gain an unfair advantage over other students. Instances and suggested classification of the violation include the following:

  • Using unauthorized assistance or technological aids such as social media, cell phones, calculators or translators in taking quizzes or examinations.  
  • Use of resources beyond those authorized by the instructor in solving problems or in carrying out other assignments such as papers, reports, oral presentations, or creative projects.
  • Acquisition, dissemination, or use of tests or other academic materials belonging to an instructor or a member of the staff without prior approval whether orally, via hard copies of material, or through social media.
  • Influencing, or attempting to influence, any University employee in order to affect a grade or evaluation.
  • Hiring or otherwise engaging someone to impersonate a student in taking a quiz or examination or in fulfilling other academic requirements.

1.2  Falsification

Falsification involves misrepresentations of fact for academic gain. Instances include the following:

  • Lying to or deceiving an instructor.
  • Fabrication or misrepresentation of the documentation or the data involved in carrying out assignments.
  • Fabrication, misrepresentation, or unauthorized alteration of information in academic records belonging to an instructor or to any academic Department or administrative unit within the College.


1.3  Plagiarism

Plagiarism involves the representation of someone else's thoughts or words as if they were one's own. Instances include the following:

  • Quoting directly from someone else's work without using quotation marks and without giving proper credit to the author.
  • Paraphrasing someone else's ideas, concepts, arguments, observations, or statements without giving proper credit.
  • Submitting as one's own work a paper or other assignment that has been prepared, either wholly or in large part, by another person, group, or commercial firm.

1.4   Sabotage

Sabotage involves interference or seeking to prevent the academic pursuits of others.  It includes:

  • Interfering with the academic work of another member of the University community.
  • Modification, theft, or destruction of intellectual property such as computer files, library materials, or personal books or papers.

1.5  Collusion

Collusion involves collaboration with another person or persons for the purpose of engaging in, aiding, or abetting acts of academic dishonesty as defined above.


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