Inappropriate Collaboration

  • Students should assume that collaborative work is not permitted unless expressly allowed by your instructor.
  • If you have collaborated with others in any way, you must clearly indicate with whom you have worked and precisely what they contributed.
  • Should you be unsure about whether or not a certain type of collaboration is permissible, ask your teacher.


Definition:  To deceive by presenting material on an exam or assignment as known when it is not known.


  • To copy from another student during an exam, on homework, lab or computer assignment.
  • To allow another student to copy from you on an exam, homework, lab or computer assignment.
  • To use any illegitimate source of information, notes or formula sheets during an exam.
  • To have someone take a test for you or to take a test for someone else.


Defined as the act of using another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source. It "…is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have in fact borrowed from another." (See the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, [New York: Modern Language Association, 1988], p. 21.)


  • To use a specific idea, detail, illustration drawn from a particular source without reference in a footnote and bibliography.
  • To use general background for an assignment from a book, article, or other source which is not acknowledged.
  • To submit another person's paper, project, or homework as one's own.
  • To paraphrase without citing the sources.
  • To use even a brief phrase exactly quoted from a source without putting it in quotation marks or indenting it, and citing it.
  • To use material from residence or fraternity files and turn it in as one's own work.
  • To use information or material from the Internet without citing the sources.

If you use another person's ideas or expressions without proper citation you have committed plagiarism. It is important that in rewriting you demonstrate your own synthesis of ideas and fully credit your original source. Paraphrasing causes students the most difficulty. When you change words in a sentence, but the idea remains the same, you must cite your source.


Definition:  To deceive by falsifying information or inventing data.


  • To invent or falsify research data.
  • To use data in a laboratory report or paper collected by other students on problems similar or identical to one's own.
  • To cite information or material from sources not used.
  • To cite books, periodicals, and other sources in your bibliography which were not used.

Academic Misconduct

Defined as behavior which precludes one's work or that of another from being judged fairly.


  • To take an exam in one section of a course and then to discuss the nature and content of that exam with students who have yet to take the exam.
  • To submit the same assignment to fulfill requirements in two courses without the written permission of both instructors.
  • To help with or edit another student's assignment, (including papers, projects, computer program, homework, etc.) in ways that go beyond the instructor's expectations or beyond the student's statement of sources.
  • To collaborate with another student in the planning or writing of a theme, project or computer program without the knowledge and permission of the instructor.
  • To steal and use or give away an unadministered exam.
  • To steal an administered exam so that the grades cannot be recorded.
  • To alter or change a grade either before or after it has been recorded.

Misuse of Computing Facilities

Defined as "violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, trade secret, and copyright violations…" (Educom/ADAPSO code)


  • To read or copy computer files or programs without the owner's explicit permission and with or without the owner's knowledge to submit this work as one's own.
  • To use another person's computer logic.