Bill 11-A-16 Academic Honesty Policy (Approved)

Bill 11-A-16 Academic Honesty Policy (Approved)



Approved by the Faculty Senate
April 6, 2011


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: the section of the Faculty Handbook entitled, "Academic Honesty Policy" be amended by making the following changes, only upon approval of the companion procedures in Bill 11-A-17. Until such time as both bills are agreed to, existing policy and procedures shall remain in effect:

Academic Honesty


Academic honesty is one of the most important qualities influencing the character and vitality of an educational institution. Academic misconduct or dishonesty is inconsistent with membership in an academic community and cannot be accepted. Violations of academic honesty represent a serious breach of discipline and may be considered grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal from the University.

Academic dishonesty is defined to include those acts, which would deceive, cheat, or defraud so as to promote or enhance one's scholastic record. Knowingly or actively assisting any person in the commission of the above-mentioned act is also academic dishonesty.

Students are responsible for upholding the principles of academic honesty in accordance with the "The University Statement of Student Rights" found in the Student Handbook and in accordance with "Academic Policy and Procedures" found in the Undergraduate or Graduate Bulletin. The University requires that all assignments submitted to faculty members by students be the work of the individual student submitting the work. An exception would be group projects assigned by the instructor; in this situation, the work must be that of the group. Academic dishonesty includes:


In speaking or writing, plagiarism is the act of passing someone else's work off as one's own. In addition, plagiarism is defined as using the essential style and manner of expression of a source as if it were one's own. If there is any doubt, the student should consult his or her instructor or any manual of term paper or report writing. Violations of academic honesty include:

1.Presenting the exact words of a source without quotation marks;
2.Using another student's computer source code, or algorithm, or copying a laboratory report; or
3.Presenting information, images, judgments, ideas, or facts summarized from a source without giving credit.


Cheating includes using or relying on the work of someone else in an inappropriate manner. It includes, but is not limited to, those activities where a student:

1.Obtains or attempts to obtain unauthorized knowledge of an examination's contents prior to the time of that examination;
2.Copies another student's work or intentionally allows others to copy assignments, examinations, source codes, or designs;
3.Works in a group when she or he has been told to work individually;
4.Uses unauthorized reference material during an examination; or
5.Has someone else take an examination or takes the examination for another.

General Responsibilities for Academic Honesty:

It is the University's responsibility to inform both students and faculty of their rights and responsibilities regarding such important matters as cheating and plagiarism. Most of what is considered unethical or dishonest behavior can be avoided if faculty and students clearly understand what constitutes such practices and their consequences. The University community should also be aware of the procedures to be followed should a breach of academic honesty occur.

The faculty member is responsible for clarifying to his or her classes those standards of honesty for class assignments or functions where such standards may be unclear or when such standards vary from the accepted norm. Further, some faculty may choose to utilize preventive measures (multiple exams, alternate seating, etc.) to help ensure the maintenance of academic honesty. However, the use of such measures is the prerogative of the individual faculty member and is not a responsibility or requirement of faculty in general.

The fundamental responsibility for the maintenance of honesty standards rests upon the student. It is the student's responsibility to be both familiar with the University policy on academic honesty and to uphold standards of academic honesty at all times and in all situations.

Approved by the Faculty Senate
date: April 6, 2011

Approved by the Board of Regents
date: May 13, 2011

Posted to Faculty Handbook
date: February 19, 2013