Academic Dishonesty


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.