Undergraduate Academic Integrity Violations

Violations of Academic Integrity

Violations of academic integrity reflect negatively on the undergraduate student, the academic program, and the University; thus, academic dishonesty in all its forms cannot be tolerated. Academic integrity encompasses many principles: respect for intellectual property, fair use, and adherence to the canons of scientific inquiry and reporting.   Academic integrity may be violated any number of ways. Common examples of academically dishonest behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:

Cheating

Cheating is the intentional use of or attempt to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • copying from another student's work;
  • representing material prepared by another as one's own work;
  • submitting the same work in more than one course without prior permission of the instructors;
  • using electronic devices to communicate and/or access information during exams;
  • procuring or using stolen evaluation materials;
  • violating rules governing the administration of examinations; or
  • violating any rules relating to academic conduct of a course or program.

Fabrication or Misrepresentation

Fabrication is the provision or use of any false or altered information, data or citation in an academic exercise. Misrepresentation is giving incorrect or misleading information or failing to disclose relevant information. Fabrication or misrepresentation of academic records may include, but is not limited to:

  • making a false statement regarding one's academic credentials,
  • concealing material information, and/or
  • forging someone else's signature,
  • forging a University academic document or record (also a crime),
  • tampering with computer records,
  • falsifying academic information on one's resume, and/or
  • falsifying communications about class absences, missing assignments, exams or other course expectations and requirements.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use or representation of the words, ideas, or sequence of ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise. Information stored on a computer system or portable device or sent electronically over a network is the private property of the individual who created it. Dissemination of information, without authorization from the owner of said information, is a violation of the owner's right to control his or her own property and is considered a form of attempted theft.

Plagiarism may include, but is not limited to:

  • copying another person's paper, article, computer work, or assignment and submitting it as one's own;
  • quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing and utilizing someone else's ideas without attribution;
  • copying or downloading (cyber-plagiarism), in part or in whole, articles or research papers or using ideas or information found from other sources and not giving proper attribution.

Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty 

Facilitation of academic dishonesty is to knowingly or passively allow one's work to be used by another without appropriate attribution. It also includes participation in or the failure to report known or suspected instances of academic dishonesty. 

Impeding Academic Progress

Impeding academic progress includes, but is not limited to:

  • denying others access to scholarly resources;
  • providing false or misleading information;
  • making library material unavailable to others by stealing or defacing books or journals or by deliberately misplacing or destroying materials; or
  • altering electronic files that belong to another without prior permission.

Computer Misconduct

Computer misconduct is the violation of rules regarding appropriate computer usage, as established by Gallaudet Technology Services (GTS).