Students need to know some types of behaviors which are not acceptable in their academic coursework.  Instructors will usually spend some time talking about this in the first classes.  A student found responsible for academic misconduct may receive disciplinary sanctions which may include suspension or expulsion from the University of Wisconsin System. The type of conduct that rises to the level of academic misconduct as defined in UWS Chapter 14 are when a student: 

  • Seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation;
  • Uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise;
  • Forges or falsifies academic documents or records;
  • Intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others;
  • Engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance; or
  • Assists other students in any of these acts.

The following list, while not exhaustive, gives some specific examples of academic dishonesty

  • cheating on an examination
  • collaborating with others in work to be presented, contrary to the stated rules of the course
  • submitting a paper or assignment as one’s own work when a part or all of the paper or assignment is the work of another
  • submitting a paper or assignment that contains ideas or research of others without appropriately identifying the sources of those ideas
  • stealing examinations or course materials
  • submitting, if contrary to the rules of a course, work previously presented in another course
  • tampering with the laboratory experiment or computer program of another student
  • knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above, including assistance in an arrangement whereby any work, classroom performance, examination or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other than the student under whose name the work is submitted or performed.