The following provides definitions of academic misconduct to assist students in developing an understanding of the University's expectations, recognizing that no set of written guidelines can anticipate all types and degrees of violations of academic integrity. To the extent that these definitions are not exhaustive, duly appointed representatives of the University will judge each case according to its merits. If a referral requires further expertise, additional appropriate representatives may be designated to review.
Types of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
- Cheating. Fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment, or using or attempting to use materials, or assisting others in using materials that are prohibited or inappropriate in the context of the academic assignment or capstone in question.
- Fabrication. In the context of student
academic misconduct, fabrication includes
making up data or results and recording or
reporting them, such as laboratory or field
research results completed in courses or
- Falsification - In the context of student
academic misconduct falsification is
manipulating data or results within an
academic assignment so the student’s work is
not accurately represented. This also includes
falsifying academic or university documents
and providing false information or testimony
in connection with any investigation or
hearing under this policy.
- Plagiarism - In the context of student academic misconduct, plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. This includes the copying of language, structure, or ideas of another and attributing (explicitly or implicitly) the work to one's own efforts. Plagiarism means using another's work, including your own previous work, without giving credit.
- Facilitating Academic Misconduct - Assisting
others in any form of academic misconduct,
such as taking an exam or providing
coursework for other student(s) to submit as
their own effort.
- Unauthorized collaboration - Working with others without the specific permission of the instructor on assignments that will be submitted for a grade. This includes, but is not limited to, in-class or take-home tests, papers, labs, or homework assignments. Students may not collaborate without faculty authorization.
- Interference or sabotage - Damaging,
removing, or otherwise harming another
student's work. This includes interfering with
university materials or systems that affect
the academic performance of others.
Research Non-Compliance - Failure to
comply with research regulations such as
those applying to human subjects, laboratory
animals, intellectual property, licensing, and
standards of safety, or any significant departure from accepted practices of the
relevant research community.
- Retaliation - Any type of retaliation against a
person who reported or provided
information about suspected or alleged
misconduct and who has not acted in bad
Failure to comply with research regulations such as those applying to human subjects, laboratory animals, and standards of safety.
Retaliation of any kind against a person who reported or provided information about suspected or alleged misconduct and who has not acted in bad faith. (Am 29 May 12)(Am 6 Dec 22)