Academic Policies and Procedures
Academic integrity requires that students take credit only for their own ideas and efforts. Misconduct, including cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, interference, or facilitating academic dishonesty, is prohibited because it undermines the bonds of trust and cooperation among members of this community and between us and those who may depend on our knowledge and integrity. Complete details are contained in the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
CheatingCheating is dishonesty of any kind with respect to course assignments, alteration of records, or examinations. It is the student’s responsibility not only to abstain from cheating, but also to avoid the appearance of cheating and to guard against making it possible for others to cheat. Any student who helps another student cheat is as guilty of cheating as the student assisted. The student also should do everything possible to induce respect for the examining process and for honesty in the performance of assigned tasks in or out of class.
PlagiarismPlagiarism is assuming credit for someone else’s work, words, or ideas—whether or not the ideas are expressed in the borrower’s own words. Honesty requires that any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged. Plagiarism includes language or ideas taken from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs; entire articles copied from books, periodicals, or speeches; the writings or created works of other students; and materials assembled or collected by others in projects or collections without acknowledgment.
A faculty member who has evidence that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism will initiate the process of determining the student’s guilt or innocence. No penalty will be imposed until the student has been informed of the charge and of the evidence on which it is based, and has been given an opportunity to present a defense. If the faculty member finds the student guilty, the faculty member assesses a penalty within the course and promptly reports the case in writing to the dean of the school or comparable head of the academic unit. The report should include the names of any other students who may be involved in the incident and recommendations for further action. The dean, in consultation with the faculty member if the latter so desires, will initiate any further disciplinary proceedings and inform the faculty member of any action taken. In every case, a record of the offenses remains on file.
For further regulations, please refer to the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.