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Academic Honesty

The University considers intellectual honesty to be the cornerstone of all academic and scholarly work and views any form of academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter. Graduate students may be dismissed upon proof of violation of professional standards and academic honesty.

Academic dishonesty includes any act that is designed to obtain fraudulently, either for oneself or for someone else, academic credit, grades, or other recognition that is not properly earned.

Some typical examples include but are not limited to:

  • Plagiarism: The submission of another’s work as one’s own original work (in a paper, project, or in an online class discussion board posting) without proper acknowledgement of the source–whether the original work is published or unpublished, printed or digital.
  • Cheating on examinations, by use of books, notes or other aids such as portable media devices when these are not permitted, or by copying from another student.
  • Submission of similar or same papers or projects in more than one course without prior permission of the instructor(s).
  • Collusion: Two or more students helping each other on an examination or assignment, unless specifically permitted by the instructor.
  • Use of ringers: Sitting in for another student at an examination, in an online discussion / or posting, in a required course activity, or permitting someone else to sit in for oneself.
  • Falsifying documents or records related to credit, grades, change of status forms (e.g., adds and drops) and other academic matters.
  • Altering an examination or paper after it has been graded for the purpose of fraudulently requesting a revision of the grade.
  • Use of unauthorized materials for an exam or project (e.g., use of calculators or other technological aids on an exam where they have been prohibited).
  • Theft, concealment, destruction, or inappropriate modification of classroom or other instructional material (e.g., posted exams, library materials, laboratory supplies, computer programs and outputs).
    Preventing relevant material from being subjected to academic evaluation.

All students should read and understand SPD's Policies and Procedures Governing Academic Dishonesty. (PDF)


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