Academic Dishonesty Policy: Academic dishonesty includes such things cheating, inventing false information or citations, plagiarism, and helping someone else commit an act of academic dishonesty. It usually involves an attempt by a student to show a possession of a level of knowledge or skill, which he/she in fact does not possess.


Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive, fraudulent, or unauthorized means.


Plagiarism is defined as the act of taking the work of another and offering it as one’s own without giving credit to that source. Often, plagiarism is a consequence of sloppy note taking rather than outright malice, but presenting another person’s work as your own always constitutes plagiarism and will always require action. THIS MEANS THAT YOU MUST ALWAYS CITE ANY INFORMATION THAT IS NOT “COMMON KNOWLEDGE.” FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS CLASS, ASSUME THAT “COMMON KNOWLEDGE” MEANS ANY INFORMATION YOU HAD AT THE START OF THE SEMESTER. ANYTHING ELSE MUST BE CITED.


An instructor who believes that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred (1) is obligated to discuss the matter with the student(s) involved; (2) should possess reasonable evidence such as documents or personal observation; and (3) may take whatever action (subject to student appeal) he/she deems appropriate, ranging from an oral reprimand to an F in the course. Additional information on this policy is available from University Policy Statement 300.021.