Academic Integrity - Dealing with Cheating and Plagiarism

Common practice should be used in reporting or managing student issues involving cheating, plagiarism, threats, etc. Fair assessment of student work is a critical factor in creating an optimal learning environment.  Faculty have the responsibility to discourage students from cheating and to appropriately deal with cheating or plagiarism when it is detected.  Instructors should be familiar with the Code of Conduct policy in the student handbook, and how the Code of Conduct applies to student’s work.

Instructors can reduce the incidence of cheating by paying specific attention to how they communicate their expectations to students, how they prepare their exams, and how they administer their exams. If faculty members do not fulfill their responsibility for maintaining academic integrity, it makes it difficult to charge students with infractions of academic integrity. Consult with your department dean or program manager for appropriate penalties.