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Academic Dishonesty

We use the standards of best practices as defined by The Council of Writing Program Administrators to determine responsibility of academic dishonesty. The materials on this website are resources to assist in better understanding and addressing academic integrity issues. Please email Assistant Director of Conduct and Community Standards, Andrea Ingram, or call 208-885-6757 to discuss a concern in more detail.

Academic Dishonesty FAQ

Academic honesty and integrity are core values at the University of Idaho. Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating: Copying an assignment, lifting answers from a classmate’s exam, or having notes or other resources that are not allowed by the instructor.
  • Plagiarism: Not crediting another individual for their work, including not citing quotes, paraphrased ideas, photographs or websites used for research. Plagiarism extends to papers and presentations, including PowerPoint. 

  • Cite your resources. If it isn’t your idea, give the person who came up with it credit for their hard work. Imagine, someday you will want to get credit for your ideas and research. You will want students citing your work appropriately, too.
  • Be cautious where you sit. Cover your answers, and distance yourself from others to reduce temptation to cheat. 
  • Don’t bring extra materials to class. If you must, make sure items are zipped in a backpack so the instructor knows you won’t be riffling through note cards in the middle of the exam. 
  • Organize study groups before exams. Combining resources to study fosters respect among classmates and makes everyone more confident exam day. 
  • Don’t lend assignments. If a classmate has a question, try to help them. Let them know copying your assignment won’t teach them anything, and they won't be able to copy your exam come test day.
  • Don’t post assignments on websites that offer them to other students. It’s not worth compromising your integrity.
  • Don’t use websites that offer pre-prepared papers for your own assignments. 
  • Learn each instructor’s expectations. Read the syllabus and ask questions.
  • Submit only your own work on assignments. 
  • Clarify team project parameters. Learn what you are able to submit as your own. 
  • Comply with honor statements that might be required in particular classes. 
  • Protect your computer files so others cannot copy your work.

The University of Idaho has specific expectations described in the Student Code of Conduct. Instructors may more specifically define standards for particular courses with information in a course syllabus or other documents. Learn the expectations of each instructor, as learning environments vary both in content and teaching style.

In addition to any disciplinary sanctions imposed under the Student Code of Conduct, additional consequences for academic dishonesty may be imposed by the course instructor, including issuing a grade of “F” in the course.  Any grade issued by the course instructor, whether as a result of academic dishonesty or not, constitutes an academic evaluation and is not disciplinary action.

How to Cite Sources

Learn how to give credit where it is due in assignments of all types. If it isn’t your idea, cite the person or sources used to find the information.

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Addressing & Reporting Academic Dishonesty

Faculty members should report all instances of academic dishonesty to maintain a central record of academic integrity violations.

Report Academic Dishonesty


The materials on this website are resources to assist you in better understanding and addressing academic integrity issues. To answer specific questions or discuss an issue in more detail, email Assistant Director of Conduct & Community Standards, Andrea Ingram, or call 208-885-6757.

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