Academic Integrity for Students

Learn the Code. Live the Values.

Read the new Academic Code! It outlines how Students can uphold academic honesty and Academic Integrity expectations in order to assist in recognition of actions of Academic Misconduct. It outlines a fair process to report, review, and resolve situations where Academic Misconduct is suspected.

Set Yourself Up For Success

To live the values of academic integrity; make sure you know the expectations and boundaries involving third-party tutoring, writing services, online collaborations and sharing course materials. 

To learn more, check out the free resources available through Student Learning Services. Pick from various in-person or online workshops and resources. You can even access a Learning Peer! Learning Peers are students just like you who learned how to master their courses and volunteer to help other students with their courses. Learn more here

Set Your Group Up For Success

Take some time early on to review expectations with group members. Review the project/assignment and instructor guidelines, map out timelines, and make sure everyone understands how to use citations and what is considered an ethical collaboration. Build a group that supports each other and welcomes questions.  

What is Academic Misconduct?

The simple answer; when we don’t live the values of Academic Integrity listed above. 

Academic Misconduct is any action, whether actual, attempted, or assistance provided to another, in relation to academic and scholarly activity, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that is dishonest, misrepresents information, or creates an unfair advantage.


Plagiarism is submitting or using the ideas, words, images, code, performance, or work of others without appropriate citation or referencing.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Submitting, including, or presenting the full or partial work (intellectual property) of another;
  • Failing to acknowledge the phrases, ideas, or work of another using an appropriate citation or referencing;
  • Submitting the same, or substantially similar, complete or portions of an assignment, project, paper, or work that the Student has previously submitted for evaluation at the University or another institution in previous Academic Activity unless prior approval has been obtained;
  • Unauthorized collaboration with others, beyond what is reasonably expected or permitted, to complete academic work;
  • Soliciting, facilitating, or submitting work purchased or otherwise acquired from another person or source unless the work is appropriately cited and/or approved by the Instructor such as hiring or subscribing to services to complete academic work.


Cheating is acting dishonestly or unfairly on an exam, assignment, project, or other forms of evaluation.

Examples of cheating include: 

  • Using, concealing or sharing unauthorized notes, materials, or aids;
  • Unauthorized possession or use of proprietary instructional, assessment questions, answers, completed assessments, or course materials;
  • Unauthorized possession, distribution, or use of electronic device or software during an examination or assessment;
  • Using, facilitating, or attempting to view or otherwise access another Student’s answers or submission;
  • Unauthorized communication or attempt to communicate with others during an examination or assessment;
  • Failing to take reasonable measures to protect answers from others.

Falsification, Fabrication, or Misrepresentation

Falsification, Fabrication, or Misrepresentation means using, submitting, or presenting false information or misrepresenting facts for any academic or scholarly purpose.

Examples of Falsification, Fabrication, or Misrepresentation:

  • Impersonating or knowingly being impersonated within an academic or scholarly activity, examination, or academic evaluation;
  • Impersonating an instructor, student, or other members of the University Community;
  • Submitting or fabricating false records or information related to any academic or scholarly activity including laboratory records, attendance records, work placements, or research data;
  • Using or submitting falsified documents, academic or medical, to gain an academic advantage within a University policy or procedures such as an extension, a withdrawal, or an accommodation;
  • Forging, misusing, or altering a University document or record.

Academic Advantage

Academic Advantage means engaging in activities that provide an individual(s) with an unfair academic advantage as compared to other Students.

Examples of Academic Advantage include:

  • Obtaining, accessing, or using academic materials intended to be teaching references;
  • Altering or adjusting the academic work or registration of another;
  • Obstructing or preventing others from having the ability to pursue or participate in their own academic work such as destroying materials or removing learning materials.