Defining and Counteracting Academic Dishonesty

Students and faculty, must sign a statement on their adherence to academic honesty (The WUV Honor Code). Students will be held responsible for violations of academic honesty.

Academic dishonesty includes the following (and similar behavior):

  • Cheating: Using or attempting to use crib sheets, electronic sources, stolen exams, unauthorized study aids in an academic assignment, or copying or colluding with a fellow student in an effort to improve one’s grade.
  • Fabrication: Falsifying, inventing, or misstating any data, information, or citation in an academic assignment, field experience, academic credentials, job application or placement file.
  • Plagiarism: Using the works (i.e. words, images, other materials) of another person as one’s own words without proper citation in any academic assignment. This includes submission (in whole or in part) of any work purchased or downloaded from a Website or an Internet paper clearinghouse.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Assisting or attempting to assist any person to commit any act of academic misconduct, such as allowing someone to copy a paper or test answers.

There is a special Cheating Incidents Report Form which needs to be filed with the Head of Academic Integrity Committee, which describes the incident of cheating/plagiarism, indicates how many students were involved and how the situation was resolved.

If a student receives an unsatisfactory grade in a course as a result of academic dishonesty, existing academic policies may lead to probation or dismissal. In extreme cases, a dishonesty violation may warrant consideration for dismissal, suspension, or other disciplinary action. These disciplinary actions require a formal judicial process as outlined in the Webster Student Handbook.