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Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishment of students. The Student Academic Integrity Policy enables UMD to have a consistent, clear-cut process in place for the reporting of offenses. Academic integrity reports are initially addressed within the college in which the complaint arose (CLA, SFA, CEHSP, etc...) with an option for appeal to the Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Student Conduct's role is to function as a central reporting office on campus which will identify repeat offenders. To that end, OSC tracks academic integrity cases.

 

Process

 

* Additional sanctions may be imposed in situations with multiple-offense cases or based on the severity of the allegation. This will be done through a meeting with the Academic Integrity Officer based a referral from the Office of Student Conduct.

 

  • Prohibited Conduct
  • Student Resources
  • Faculty & Staff Resources

All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited, including (but not limited to):

  1. submission of false records of academic achievement
  2. cheating on assignments or examinations
  3. submitting sentences or ideas as your own without proper acknowledgment or citation (plagiarizing)
  4. altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record or forging the signature of any member of the University community
  5. taking, acquiring, using, or circulating test materials without faculty permission
  6. acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement
  7. facilitating academic dishonesty by helping another student to violate the academic integrity policy, such as providing course work for another student to turn in as his or her own effort or taking an exam for another student
  8. presenting as one's own a plot, succession of ideas, or list/outline of another without proper acknowledgment
  9. attending a class, completing an assignment, or taking a quiz/test in the name of another student
  10. copying, editing, using, or deleting computer files without permission
  11. altering or viewing computer records, dispensing or releasing information gained via unauthorized access, modifying computer programs or systems, or interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information
  12. bribing or attempting to bribe, promising favors, or making threats with the intention of affecting a grade, a record, or an evaluation of academic performance
  13. purchasing or otherwise presenting work as your own when it was done by another person
  14. submitting the same paper or generally similar papers to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of all faculty members of all such courses
  15. depriving another student of necessary study or research materials or in any way impeding another student's work and pursuit of education
  16. submitting falsified data, such as bibliographic resources and experimental data or altering graded academic work/quizzes/tests and resubmitting them in order to get a higher grade (fabrication)
  17. intentional use, misuse, or alterations of University materials or resources in an attempt to make them inaccessible to others (e.g., altering passwords, unauthorized use of computer accounts, violation of library procedures, intentional misuse or destruction of educational materials)

UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community.

What should you do if you are accused of academic dishonesty?

Meet with your professor. This is an opportunity to give your side of the story.

During your meeting with the professor, you'll be asked to sign the Report of Academic Dishonesty form and check one of two boxes: (1) you accept the sanction or (2) you disagree with the allegations and/or sanction.

If you accept the sanction:
The Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed with the Office of Student Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of the report, a copy of the Report of Academic Dishonesty, and the academic integrity policy brochure.
If you disagree with the allegations and/or sanction:
The academic integrity officer will contact you once the Report of Academic Dishonesty has been received. You will need to meet with the department head or designee, and the Office of Student Conduct will explain UMD's Student Academic Grievance Policy to you.
Sanctions imposed by the academic integrity officer:
If this is your first violation, no disciplinary action is imposed by the academic integrity officer unless it is a very severe offense. If it is your second violation, you may be suspended or expelled from the University. For a better understanding of the range of sanctions please see the Academic Integrity Violation Sanctioning Suggestions.
What does is mean to have academic dishonesty on a student's record?

Student academic dishonesty is a violation of Section V, Subdivision 1 of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. Once a Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed with the academic integrity officer, a file is created and is kept for a period of seven years. These records are confidential and are protected by federal law. Unless a student signs a waiver to release their disciplinary record (e.g., background checks for employment with the federal government or law enforcement agencies), records are not shared with other people.

Is there a notation on a student's official transcript?

There is no notation on a student's official transcript to indicate they have engaged in academic dishonesty. Likewise, if a student received a grade of F due to academic dishonesty, there is no notation on the official transcript.

More information is available in the following links: Additional Resources
UMD's Career Services
If you're struggling with your classes, perhaps you have not chosen the right major; Career Services will provide help for you.
UMD's Counseling Services
Personal problems frequently affect your academic performance; call Counseling Services for a personal, confidential counseling session.
UMD's Tutoring Center
This is the perfect place to visit if you need extra academic help.

UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community.

What to do if you suspect academic dishonesty

If you suspect a student has engaged in academic dishonesty, collect all documentation. Examples include the assignment, paper, exam, and any statements you may have from a TA or other witness.

Request that the student meet with you to discuss your suspicions. When you meet with the student, present your evidence, be objective, and explain the problem. Listen to the student's explanation.

If you feel the student is not responsible, the situation resolves itself, and you do not have to do anything. If you believe the student has engaged in academic dishonesty, have the student sign the Report of Academic Dishonesty. Explain to the student that she/he can (1) accept the sanction, or (2) disagree with the allegations and/or sanction. In either case, file the Report of Academic Dishonesty with the academic integrity officer in 245 Kirby Plaza.

If the student accepts the sanction, the Office of Student Conduct will send a sanction letter to the student, along with a copy of the Report of Academic Dishonesty and the Academic Integrity Policy. The sanction letter restates the faculty member's sanction and gives information on contacting the Office of Student Conduct if there are any questions or concerns. If the student disagrees with the allegations and/or sanction, the Office of Student Conduct will contact the student and will explain UMD's Student Academic Grievance Policy.

What does it mean to have academic dishonesty on a student's record?

Student academic dishonesty is a violation of Section V, Subdivision 1 of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Student Conduct Code. Once a Report of Academic Dishonesty is filed with the academic integrity officer, a file is created and is kept for a period of seven years. These records are confidential and are protected by federal law. Unless a student signs a waiver to release their disciplinary record (e.g., background checks for employment with the federal government or law enforcement agencies), records are not shared with other people.

Is there a notation on a student's official transcript?

There is no notation on a student's official transcript to indicate she/he has engaged in academic dishonesty. Likewise, if a student received a grade of F due to academic dishonesty, there is no notation on the official transcript.

Suggestions for Maintaining Academic Integrity During Exams

  • Use alternate seating.
  • Randomize seating.
  • Use scrambled versions of exams.
  • Check students’ IDs when exams are turned in.
  • Leave backpacks, etc., at the end of the aisle or in front of the room.
  • Faculty member or proctors walk around the room.
  • Create new tests and avoid using old tests from previous semesters.
  • Use essay exams instead of multiple choice and true/false.
  • Avoid take-home exams unless they are designed for collaborative work.
  • Add a statement to syllabi and exams outlining the consequences of academic dishonesty. (Sample Syllabi Statements)

More information is available in the following links:

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