Academic Misconduct Information for Faculty Members

Definitions of Academic Misconduct According to "To The Point"

Section 1: Definitions of Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct may include, but is not limited to, the following acts:

1. Cheating
Cheating involves dishonest conduct on work submitted for assessment. Specific instances of cheating include, but are not limited to, the following:
       a) Assisting another student or receiving assistance from anyone to complete quizzes, tests, examinations, or other assignments without the consent of the instructor.
       b) Using aids unauthorized by the instructor to complete quizzes, tests, examinations, or other assignments.

2. Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the act of appropriating and using the words, ideas, symbols, images, or other works of original expression of others as one's own without giving credit to the person who created the work. If students have any questions regarding the definition of plagiarism, they should consult their instructor for general principles regarding the use of others' work. Among sources commonly used for documenting use of others' work are the style manuals published by the American Psychological Association, the Council of Biology Editors, the Modern Language Association, and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers. The final authority concerning methods of documentation is the course instructor. Specific instances of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
       a) Word-for-word copying of sentences or paragraphs from one or more sources that are the work or data of other persons (including books, articles, theses, unpublished works, working papers, seminar and conference papers, lecture
notes or tapes, graphs, images, charts, data, electronically based materials, etc.), without clearly identifying their origin by appropriate referencing.
       b) Closely paraphrasing ideas or information (in whatever form) without appropriate acknowledgement by reference to the original work or works.
       c) Presenting material obtained from the Internet as if it were the student's own work.
       d) Minor alterations such as adding, subtracting, or rearranging words, or paraphrasing sections of a source without appropriate acknowledgement of the original work or works.

3. Falsification
Falsification involves misrepresentation in an academic exercise. Misrepresentation includes, but is not limited to:
       a) Falsely attributing data or judgments to scholarly sources.
       b) Falsely reporting the results of calculations or the output of computer programs, or materials from other electronic sources.
       c) Presenting copied, falsified, or improperly obtained data as if it were the result
of laboratory work, field trips, or other investigatory work.

4. Resubmission of work
No student may turn in work for evaluation in more than one
course without the permission of the instructors of both courses.


Faculty need to document everything- even the informal interactions with students- with the Provost's office.