Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is defined as an act in which a student

  • seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation
  • uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise
  • forges or falsifies academic documents or records
  • intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others
  • engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance
  • assists other students in any of these acts

Examples include but are not limited to:  cutting and pasting text from the web without quotation marks or proper citation; paraphrasing from the web without citing the source; using notes or a programmable calculator in an exam when such use is not allowed; using another person’s ideas, words, or research, and presenting it as one’s own by not properly crediting the originator; stealing examinations or course materials; changing or creating data in a lab experiment; altering a transcript; signing another person’s name to an attendance sheet; hiding a book knowing that another student needs it to prepare an assignment; collaboration that is contrary to the stated rules of the course, or tampering with a lab experiment or computer program of another student.   (UWS 14.03)

It is the student’s responsibility to understand what constitutes academic misconduct and to seek clarification if s/he is unsure in a given situation (UWS 14.01).

Most of the academic misconduct situation you encounter, if you encounter any, will result in the use of oral or written reprimands, or assignments to repeat work (see UWS 14.05).  In all cases if you suspect academic misconduct, you MUST promptly offer to discuss the alleged misconduct with the student BEFORE imposing sanctions.  For a complete list of additional appropriate disciplinary actions for more, including those for more severe infractions, please see UWS 14.05, 14.06, and 14.07.

Please note that students have the right to request a hearing before the Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee (UWS 14.08), regardless of the nature of the alleged offense or the severity of the sanctions to be imposed.

For more information, please consult the university policy regarding academic misconduct.

Questions regarding academic misconduct policies and procedures can be addressed to the Dean of Students Office (608-263-5700).