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Office of Community Standards, Rights & Responsibilities - Academic Honesty and Dishonesty

Policy on Academic Dishonesty

Students of the University are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. To falsify the result of one’s research, to steal the words of another, or to cheat on an examination corrupts the essential process by which knowledge is advanced.

Such cheating and plagiarism are violations of the Student Conduct Code. Although disciplinary action under this Code is independent of the awarding of grades (an academic matter) and provisions of this Code cannot be used for changing awarded grades, an instructor who has probable cause or reason to believe that a student has cheated may act upon such evidence. The instructor may refer the case to the department chairperson, the academic dean, or the Judicial Officer for appropriate disciplinary action. The maximum possible sanction which may be imposed, and which will necessarily depend on the degree of seriousness of the case, is dismissal from the University.

Types of Academic Dishonesty

  • Cheating – Cheating is an act of deception by which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered.
  • Academic Misconduct - Academic misconduct is the intentional violation of University policies by tampering with grades or involvement in obtaining or distributing any part of an unadministered test.
  • Fabrication – Fabrication is the intentional use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive.
  • Plagiarism – Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own work. Proper citation and/or acknowledgment must be given to other’s work.

This information comes from the pamphlet, “Academic Honesty and Dishonesty,” a publication of Student Affairs Office. For further information, please contact the Office of Judicial Affairs at (207) 581-1406.

If you have questions or comments, please e-mail” David Fiacco, Director


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