Student Honor Council; 314-8204
Academic dishonesty is a corrosive force in the academic life of a university.
It jeopardizes the quality of education and depreciates the genuine achievements
of others. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of academic dishonesty
is not a neutral act. All members of the University Community -- students,
faculty, and staff -- share the responsibility to challenge and make known
acts of apparent academic dishonesty. Any of the following acts, when committed
by a student, is an act of academic dishonesty.
A. Cheating: Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized
materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
1. Students completing any examination should assume that external assistance
(e.g., books, notes, calculators, conversation with others) is prohibited
unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
2. Students must not allow others to conduct research or prepare any
work for them without advance authorization from the instructor. This comment
includes, but is not limited to, the services of commercial term paper
3. Substantial portions of the same academic work may not be submitted
for credit or honors more than once without authorization.
B. Fabrication: Intentional and unauthorized falsification or
invention of any in formation or citation in an academic exercise.
information may not be used in any laboratory experiment or other academic
exercise without notice to and authorization from the instructor.
2. One should acknowledge reliance upon the actual source from which
cited information was obtained.
3. Students who attempt to alter and resubmit returned academic work
without notice to the instructor would be in violation of the Code of Student
C. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Intentionally or knowingly
helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
D. Plagiarism: Intentionally or knowingly representing the words
or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise.
1. Direct Quotation: Every direct quotation must be identified
by quotation marks or by appropriate indentation and must be promptly cited
in a footnote. (Proper footnote style for many academic departments is
outlined by the MLA Style Sheet or K.L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers
of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations.)
2. Paraphrase: Prompt acknowledgment is required when material
from another source is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in
your own words.
3. Borrowed Facts or Information: Information that is obtained
in one's reading or research; which is not common knowledge among students
in the course, must be acknowledged. Materials which contribute only to
one's general understanding of the subject may be acknowledged in the bibliography
and need not be immediately footnoted.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offense which may result in suspension
or expulsion from the University. The normal sanction for academic
dishonesty is a grade of "XF", denoting "failure due to
academic dishonesty." That grade will normally be recorded on the
transcripts of students found responsible for acts of academic dishonesty
in addition to any other action taken (e.g., suspension or expulsion).
A forty member Student Honor Council has the responsibility to investigate
allegations of academic dishonesty and to convene Honor Boards to adjudicate
charges. In specified circumstances, the Student Honor Council will accept
petitions to remove the grade of "XF" from a transcript and replace
it with the grade of "F".
The Code of Academic Integrity is reprinted in full in the Undergraduate
catalog for further information, to report Academic Dishonesty or to inquire
about serving on the Honor Council call 301-314-8204.