Honesty is an important virtue, not only for college, but for life. However, we recognize the temptation to cheat will always exist.
The following resources are designed to help you understand what academic dishonesty is, what the university expects from you and your work, and how to avoid common mistakes that could land you in hot water.
To discuss issues in more detail, please email the Office of the Dean of Students or call 208-885-6757.
Academic Dishonesty FAQ
Academic dishonesty comes in different forms:
- Cheating: Copying an assignment, lifting answers from a classmate’s exam, bringing an identical exam or answers to a multiple choice exam to the test, having notes or other resources (calculators, handhelds, note cards) not allowed by the professor, including any comments or key words written on hat bills, under wristwatches or entered into cellular phone or calculator memory.
- Plagiarism: Not crediting another individual for his or her work. This includes not citing quotes, paraphrased ideas, summaries, photographs, images, maps or websites used for research. Plagiarism extends to short papers, longer research papers and presentations of any sort, including websites and Power Point presentations. Lifting any blocks of text without proper citation is considered plagiarism, as is using a photograph without crediting the news agency or individual responsible for the original photo.
- 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 professor 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.
Academic honesty and integrity are core values at a university, and even one incident of academic dishonesty may merit expulsion. Instructors and students are jointly responsible for maintaining academic standards and integrity in university courses.
The University of Idaho has specific expectations described in the Student Code of Conduct. Professors 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.