How Does Academic Dishonesty Affect You?
- It may affect your grade if scoring is based on a curve.
- It destroys "equal opportunity" in competitive atmospheres.
- It hinders development of self-reliance.
What Can You Do To Help?
- Prepare thoroughly for examinations and assignments.
- Take the initiative to prevent other students from copying your exam or assignments by shielding your answer sheet during examination, and not lending assignments to other students.
- Inform your instructor if you suspect someone is cheating.
- Do not look in the direction of other students' papers during examinations.
- Refuse to assist students who cheat.
Examples of Academic Dishonesty
Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, facilitating academic dishonesty, fabrication, failure to contribute to a collaborative project, and sabotage. Some of the ways students may engage in academic dishonesty are:
- Changing a graded paper and requesting that it be graded again.
- Citing false references or findings in research or other academic exercises.
- Concealing notes on hands, caps, shoes, in pockets or the back of beverage bottle labels.
- Consulting assignment solutions posted on websites of previous course offerings.
- Coughing and/or using visual or auditory signals in a test.
- Destroying or removing library materials to gain an academic advantage.
- Downloading text from the Internet or other sources without proper attribution.
- Encircling two adjacent answers and claiming to have had the correct answer.
- Exchanging exams so that neighbors have identical test forms.
- Fabricating data for lab assignments.
- Failing to turn in a test or assignment and later suggesting the faculty member lost the item.
- Having a substitute take a test and providing falsified identification for the substitute.
- Marking an answer sheet to enable another to see the answer.
- Obtaining copies of an exam in advance.
- Passing information from an earlier class to a later class.
- Recording two answers, one on the test form, one on the answer sheet.
- Signing a roll sheet for someone who is not in attendance.
- Submitting a substantial portion of the same academic work more than once without written authorization from the instructor.
- Submitting a paper written by someone else.
- Submitting computer programs written by another person.
- Stealing an exam for someone in another section or for placement in a test file.
- Stealing another student’s graded test and affixing one’s own name on it.
- Taking another student’s computer assignment printout from a computer lab.
- Transferring a computer file from one person’s account to another.
- Transmitting posted answers for an exam to a student in a testing area via electronic device.
- Unauthorized collaborating with another person in preparing academic exercises.
- Using an electronic device to store test information or to send or receive answers for a test.
- Writing in blue books prior to an examination.
- Writing information on blackboards, desks or keeping notes on the floor.