Academic Misconduct Explanations
This appendix includes explanations of terminology and some examples and is not to be considered as a comprehensive or complete list of academic misconduct.
a) “Plagiarism” means misrepresenting someone else’s work including oral presentations, in whole or in part, whether ideas, words, creative works (including music, performance pieces, artwork, computer code), published or unpublished, as your own.
b) Submitting work you’ve already received academic credit for, or that you are already submitting for another course, without written permission from your Instructor(s). Permission from the Instructor(s) must be in writing and must clearly outline any restrictions related to the academic work.
c) Falsifying results in lab experiments, field exercises, or other assignments
For example: faking or omitting lab data constitutes academic misconduct.
d) Copying someone else’s work on assignments, tests, or exams
Copying someone else’s work or allowing your work to be copied constitutes academic misconduct.
e) Use of unauthorized aid or assistance in tests or exams.
Students are expected to work on their own in all tests or exams, including take-home exams, using only aids that have been explicitly authorized for use in the test or exam by the Instructor. For example, use of a cell phone during an exam is not permitted and constitutes academic misconduct.
f) Collaborating on assignments that were designated by the Instructor as individual.
Inappropriate collaboration occurs when students work together beyond the level of collaboration that has been approved by the Instructor. Instructors are expected to outline the appropriate level of collaboration in course outlines and/or for each assignment. Students should assume that all assignments are to be done individually unless the Instructor has specified otherwise. If unsure of the Instructor’s expectations, students are responsible for clarifying the expectations with the Instructor.
g) Impersonating another student, or knowingly allowing someone to impersonate you, in an assignment, test, or exam
Allowing another student to do one’s lab work, preparing an essay or assignment for submission by another student, writing a test or exam for another student or allowing another student to write one’s test or exam constitutes academic misconduct.
h) Using someone else’s computer account or using your computer account for unauthorized purposes
Students should refer to the following policies that pertain to computer accounts: Policy 7001, Policy 7003, and Policy 7005.
i) Interfering with or damaging someone else’s academic work including their access to campus resources
j) Obtaining, viewing, or sharing information about an assignment, test, or exam
For example, sharing with other students the questions and/or answers for an assignment, test, or exam constitutes academic misconduct. Equally, illicitly obtaining or viewing the questions and/or answers for an assignment, test, or exam constitutes academic misconduct.
k) Knowingly helping someone else engage in academically dishonest behavior
“Knowingly” means “ought reasonably to have known”. For example allowing access to one’s essay, or assignment to another student who then copies it and submits it for credit; allowing one’s computer file or assignment to be copied; allowing another student to copy a lab report.
l) Submitting false information or false medical documentation or misrepresenting personal circumstances to postpone or gain an advantage for any academic work
For example, submitting false medical documentation to support a request for exam accommodation, or falsifying registration records, constitutes academic misconduct.
m) Tampering with academic transcripts or records and/or submitting false credentials
Forging or falsifying academic transcripts, certificates, or other documents, constitutes academic misconduct.
n) Any other form of misrepresentation, cheating, fraudulent academic behavior or other improper academic conduct of comparable severity
For example, “misrepresentation” may be interpreted as false, distorted, altered, or misleading representation, whether intentional or unintentional. This may include false citation, citing sources that were not consulted or attributing material that was not obtained from the cited source.
Also, failure to disclose prior academic records required for admissions decisions or for other academic purposes, constitutes an example of “fraudulent academic behavior”.