3.1.5 Student Dishonesty

Academic integrity is a fundamental responsibility of all members of the University community. Faculty and students of the University are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. To falsify the results of one's research, to steal the words or ideas of another, to cheat on an examination or to allow another to commit an act of academic dishonesty corrupts the essential process by which knowledge is advanced.

It is the official policy of the University of Delaware that all acts or attempted acts of alleged student academic dishonesty be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases, though reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs, may be resolved within the confines of the course. All others will be adjudicated within the Undergraduate Student Judicial System. See the Student Guide to University Policies for complete information concerning this referral process

It is essential that every faculty member make it clear to students that academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. A brief discussion at the beginning of each term should affirm the importance of academic integrity and indicate that the instructor is aware of the problems of academic dishonesty and is sensitive to it, is willing to clarify as carefully as possible what constitutes plagiarism, and will take action not only to prevent cheating but to bring charges against students suspected of violations. Alternative seating and/or alternative-form examinations should be used for all classes when examinations or tests are given (especially recommended are alternately colored examination papers or alternately colored answer sheets to discourage or prevent surreptitious exchange of forms). Proctors should be properly trained and supervised whenever they are employed in monitoring an examination. (Rev. 1/6/04)