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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

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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Student Life
5748 Memorial Union
Orono, ME 04469-5748
Phone: 207.581.1406 | Fax: 207.581.4215
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System