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Academic Dishonesty

The University of Texas at Dallas

Handbook of Operating Procedures

Title V - Rules on Student Services and Activities



  1. The university expects all students to maintain a high level of responsibility with respect to academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends on the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student maintain a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work.
  2. The dean may initiate disciplinary proceedings under Subchapter C against a student accused of academic dishonesty upon complaint by a faculty member or a student.
  3. Academic dishonesty is the submission as one's own work of material that is not one's own. As a general rule, it includes, but is not limited to, one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, and/or collusion.
  4. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
    1. copying from another student's paper, test, laboratory report, other report, or computer files, data listings, and/or programs or engaging in conduct that facilitates such conduct by another student.
    2. using materials not authorized by the person giving the assignment or test;
    3. failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test which would include, but not be limited to, time restrictions, use of blue book, seating arrangements;
    4. collaborating with or seeking aid from or giving aid to another student during a test;
    5. knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of an unadministered test, test key, homework solutions, or computer program;
    6. substituting for another student, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself, to take a test;
    7. soliciting another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test;
    8. discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination;
    9. possession during a test of materials that are not authorized by the person giving the test, such as class notes, specifically designed "cheat sheets" or electronic communication device.
    10. submission of substantial portions of the same academic work for credit (including oral reports) more than once without written authorization from the instructor.
  5. Plagiarism means the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the submission or incorporation of that work in one's own written work offered for credit without appropriate attribution.
  6. Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit.
  7. Falsifying academic records means the altering of grades or other falsification (statements, acts or omissions) of academic records including but not limited to the application for admission, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, and reporting forms used by the registrar's office or other university offices.
  8. Falsifying data or experiments includes, but is not limited to, the submission of false findings and/or the citation of false references in research or other assignments submitted for credit and/or for the awarding of a degree.