Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Handbook

Academic Disciplinary Definitions

The following definitions cover most violations, but may not include every eventuality.

Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty
Providing material or information to another person with the knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.

Cheating is committing fraud and/or deception on a record, report, paper, computer assignment, examination, or any other course requirement.

Examples of cheating are:

  • Obtaining work or information from someone else and submitting it under one’s own name.
  • Using unauthorized notes or study aids, or information from another student or student’s paper on an examination.
  • Altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading.
  • Allowing another person to do one’s work and then submitting the work under one’s own name.
  • Submitting substantially the same paper for two or more classes in the same or different terms without the express approval of each instructor.
  • Fabricating data that were not gathered in accordance with the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data were gathered or collected.
  • Submitting, as your own work, a computer program or part thereof which is not the result of your own thoughts and efforts. Contributions to a computer program from external sources must be acknowledged and properly documented.

Falsification of Data, Records, and Official Documents

  • Fabrication of data.
  • Altering documents affecting academic records.
  • Misrepresentation of academic status.
  • Forging a signature of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of recommendation/reference, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed to meet or exempt a student from an established College or University academic regulation.

Plagiarism, including Internet Plagiarism

Plagiarism is representing someone else’s ideas, words, statements, artwork, design, project, or other works as one’s own without proper acknowledgment or citation. Examples of plagiarism are:

  • Copying word for word or lifting phrases or a special term from a source or reference without proper attribution.
  • Paraphrasing: using another person’s written words or ideas, albeit in one’s own words, as if they were one’s own thought.
  • Borrowing facts, statistics, or other illustrative material without proper reference, unless the information is common knowledge and in common public use.

Students may not use Internet source material, in whole or in part, without careful and specific reference to the source. All utilization of the Internet must be documented. Students are advised to consult with the faculty member about appropriate documentation of Internet sources.

Unacceptable Collaboration

Collaboration is unacceptable when a student works with another or others on a project, then submits a written report that is represented explicitly or implicitly as the student’s own work. Using answers, solutions, or ideas that are the result of collaboration without citing the fact of collaboration is unacceptable. Engaging in collaboration when expressly instructed to do one’s own work is unacceptable.

Unauthorized or Malicious Interference/Tampering with Computer Property
Unauthorized or malicious interference or tampering with computers is considered an academic offense and, as such, is subject to the School’s judicial sanction.