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02-03  LS&A Bulletin

Chapter IV: Academic Policies and Procedures

The policies and procedures described in this chapter govern the conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled in the College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only upon written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College students petition the RC Counseling Office.

Academic Integrity in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

The undergraduate academic community, like all communities, functions best when its members treat one another with honesty, fairness, respect, and trust. The College holds all members of its community to high standards of scholarship and integrity. To accomplish its mission of providing an optimal educational environment and developing leaders of society, the College promotes the assumption of personal responsibility and integrity and prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty. Conduct that violates the academic integrity and ethical standards of the College community cannot be tolerated and will result in serious consequences and disciplinary action.

Examples of Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:


Cheating is committing fraud and/or deception on a record, report, paper, computer assignment, examination or any other course requirement. Examples of cheating are:

  • Obtaining work or information from someone else and submitting it under one's own name.
  • Using unauthorized notes, or study aids, or information from another student or student's paper on an examination.
  • Altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading.
  • Allowing another person to do one's work and to submit the work under one's own name.
  • Submitting substantially the same paper for two or more classes in the same or different terms without the expressed approval of each instructor.
  • Fabricating data which were not gathered in accordance with the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data were gathered or collected.
  • Submitting, as your own work, a computer program or part thereof which is not the result of your own thought and efforts. Contributions to a computer program from external sources must be acknowledged and properly documented.


Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas, words, statements or other works as one's own without proper acknowledgment or citation. Examples of plagiarism are:

  • Copying word for word or lifting phrases or a special term from a source or reference without proper attribution.
  • Paraphrasing — using another person's written words or ideas, albeit in one's own words, as if they were one's own thought.
  • Borrowing facts, statistics, or other illustrative material without proper reference, unless the information is common knowledge, in common public use.

Internet Plagiarism

Students may not use Internet source material, in whole or in part, without careful and specific reference to the source. All utilization of the Internet must be thoroughly documented.

Unacceptable Collaboration

Collaboration is unacceptable when a student works with another or others on a project, then submits a written report which is represented explicitly or implicitly as the student's own work. Using answers, solutions, or ideas that are the result of collaboration without citing the fact of collaboration is improper. Engaging in collaboration when expressly instructed to do your own work is academically dishonest.

Falsification of Data, Records, and Official Documents

  • Fabrication of data
  • Altering documents affecting academic records
  • Misrepresentation of academic status
  • Forging a signature of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of recommendation/reference, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed to meet or exempt a student from an established College or University academic regulation.

Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty

Providing material or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly. This includes both deliberate and inadvertent actions.

Unauthorized or Malicious Interference/Tampering with Computer Property

Unauthorized or malicious interference or tampering with computers is considered an academic offense and, as such, is subject to College judicial sanction.

The College's Academic Judiciary has been established to adjudicate cases of alleged academic misconduct by students in the College.

An instructor has the responsibility to make clear what academic dishonesty is and to help his or her students understand what uses may be made of the work of others and under what conditions. A student is responsible for becoming familiar with the Code of Academic Conduct and for discovering the sort of conduct which will be viewed as an attack upon the community's values.

Questions regarding alleged academic misconduct should be addressed to the LS&A Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, 1228 Angell Hall. Procedures to be followed in judiciary hearings are detailed in the "Academic Judiciary Manual of Procedures," available in 1228 Angell Hall.ble in 1228 Angell Hall.

Other Grievance Procedures

Students have non-judicial means to redress other grievances. Students may appeal any supposed act of unfair or improper grading through the grievance procedure established by that department or program of the College; students may contact the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs for information and assistance.


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