Academic Honesty

Academic honesty in the advancement of knowledge requires that all students and instructors respect the integrity of one another's work and recognize the importance of acknowledging and safeguarding intellectual property.

Arts, Sciences & Engineering (AS&E) Academic Honesty Policy

Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of the trust upon which an academic community depends. The AS&E Academic Honesty Policy is both an articulation of the kinds of behaviors that violate this trust and the means by which that trust is safeguarded and restored. It is our goal to educate all members of the University community about the nuances of this complex issue.

The policy applies to everything you submit to a University employee as part of your academic progress, including:

  • Drafts
  • Ungraded work
  • Proposals for unexecuted projects
  • Add/drop forms

Since the AS&E Academic Honesty Policy sets general rules and your instructors add additional course-specific rules, you should read both the AS&E policy and your course materials carefully to be sure you understand what is and isn't permitted. Always ask your course instructor in advance if you think something you are considering doing might be academically dishonest.

Academic honesty resources

The academic honesty website includes a variety of tips and resources for students of all levels to help determine whether or not an action is academically honest. The website also features quizzes on the Policy, scenarios, and online learning to help you better understand and follow the Policy guidelines.

Academic honesty liaison

If you have any questions or concerns regarding academic honesty, we encourage you to contact the academic honesty liaison, who offers confidential counseling about how the academic honesty process works, including:

  • what the policy says about your responsibility as a student
  • what the policy says about your instructors' responsibilities
  • how to draft case file, hearing, and/or appeals statements
  • how to educate and protect yourself from future accusations
  • questions such as, "Should I sign/accept an instructor resolution with penalty form or a warning letter if my instructor has offered one?"

Associated College and University policies

AS&E Academic Honesty Policy