Academic Offense Information

The University Senate defines plagiarism, cheating, and the misuse of academic records.  The definitions are available on their website and in the University Senate Rules

The "silent majority" of students rely upon the faculty to uphold academic integrity and to ensure that the basic principles of fairness and honesty prevail throughout the examination experience.  It is the honest students who are cheated if we do not fulfill our responsibility to prevent cheating and plagiarism.  One way to decrease cheating may be to explain to students the value you, your department, your college, and the university community place on academic integrity and explain why cheating is fundamentally unfair.  Our office, with help from faculty across campus, created a list of suggestions that may help prevent cheating during examinations.  Additionally, the article "Plagiarism:  What Is It?" by David Royse, former Academic Ombud, may help prevent accidental plagiarism.

University Senate Rule 6.4 describes the specific policies and procedures to administer academic offense issues. Should an instructor determine that a student has committed an academic offense, there are specific requirements for notification. A Summary of the Procedures may be helpful to faculty. Our office has template letters faculty may edit and place on the department's letterhead to make this process easier. Links to some of the template letters are included in the Summary of the Procedures. Other template letters are also available via email (please let me know the penalty and whether it is the student's first, second, or third offense).

Additionally, Flow Charts have been developed to help faculty navigate processing academic integrity issues.