Violations and How to Prevent Them

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Violations to Academic Honesty

A violation of Academic Honesty consists of any attempt to falsify, fabricate, or tamper with data, information, records, or any other material that is relevant to a student’s academic career. Below are some specific examples of Academic Dishonesty:

  • Cheating on exams or assignments by the use of books, electronic devices, notes, or other aids when these are not permitted, or by copying from another student.
  • Collusion: two or more students helping one another on an exam or assignment when it is not permitted.
  • Ringers: taking an exam for someone else, or permitting someone else to take one’s exam.
  • Submitting the same paper in more than one course without permission of the instructor.
  • Plagiarizing: copying someone else’s writing or paraphrasing too closely, even if it is only some of your written assignment, without proper citation.
  • Falsifying documents or records related to credit, grades, status (e.g. assignments or transcripts), or other academic matters.
  • Altering an exam or paper after it has been graded in order to request a grade change.
  • Stealing, concealing, destroying, or inappropriately modifying classroom or other instructional material, such as posted exams, library materials, laboratory supplies, or computer programs.
  • Preventing relevant material from being included in the grading process on any assignment or examination.
  • Presenting fabricated excuses for missed assignments or tests.
  • Electronic Devices: electronic communication devices, including cellular phones, beepers, speakers, calculators and headphones must be secured in a closed container and should be turned off during any examination.

How to Prevent Academic Dishonesty

  • Prepare thoroughly for exams and assignments.
  • Take the initiative to prevent other students from copying exams or assignments (for example, shielding answers during exams and not lending assignments to other students unless specifically granted permission by the instructor).
  • For each course, check the syllabus for the section dealing with academic honesty. There may be requirements specific to each course.
  • Avoid looking in the direction of other students’ papers during exams.
  • Use a recognized handbook for instruction on citing source materials in papers.
  • Utilize the Academic Support Center, Director or Assistant Directors of Advising, Advisors, and Faculty members for assistance in preparing papers.
  • Discourage dishonesty among other students.
  • Refuse to assist students who cheat.
  • Do not sit near students with whom you have studied during exams.
  • Do not sit near friends during exams.
  • Many cases of plagiarism involve students improperly using Internet sources. If you quote an Internet source, you must cite the URL for that source in your bibliography. Copying (or closely paraphrasing text or figures from a website without citing it and placing it in quotation marks is plagiarism. It is no different from doing the same thing with printed sources. Professing ignorance of this rule will not be accepted as a legitimate basis for appealing an accusation of academic honestly.