B. Academic Misconduct. Students are expected to uphold and maintain academic and professional honesty and integrity.

  1. Academic misconduct is defined as any activity that tends to undermine the academic integrity of the institution. Academic misconduct is prohibited.

  2. Policies of academic misconduct apply to all curricular and academic-related activities, regardless of format or location. This includes, but is not limited to:

    1. In-person and online classes and academic activities.
    2. Internships, clinical experiences, field work, conferences, performances, and laboratory or other research.
    3. Any exams or assessments, including in-class and take-home exams, entrance and qualifying exams, auditions, theses, and dissertations.
    4. Actions that occur in the scope of others’ academic work.
  3. If an instructor determines that academic misconduct has occurred, the instructor will take appropriate action with respect to grades, and report significant dishonesty to the student affairs officer of the campus.

  4. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. Cheating: Cheating is using, providing, or attempting to use or provide unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any form. Cheating is prohibited. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Using or providing unauthorized external assistance or materials on any exam, assignment, or academic-related activities. This prohibition includes the use of tutors, editing services, commercial term-paper providers, books, notes, calculators, online and electronic resources, artificial intelligence, and wireless communication devices, subject to the following:
        1. On exams, term papers, and graded assignments, external assistance is presumed to be unauthorized unless the instructor or syllabus gives permission.
        2. On ungraded academic-related activities, students may use external assistance unless the instructor or syllabus prohibits their use.
        3. Campus or unit centers that assist students with computing, writing, research, mathematics, or other academic skills are not considered external, and may be used unless the instructor or syllabus prohibits their use.
      2. Acting or having another person act as a substitute, or completing academic work on another student’s behalf.
      3. Collaborating with other persons on a project and submitting a copy of joint academic work as one’s individual work, either explicitly or implicitly.
      4. Stealing or the unauthorized use or distribution of examinations or other course materials.
      5. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the instructor or program to whom the work is being submitted.
      6. Altering a grade or score in any way without authorization, or altering answers on a returned exam or assignment for credit without authorization.
    2. Fabrication: A student must not falsify, invent, or misrepresent any information or data, or manipulate materials, equipment, or processes, without authorization, in any academic exercise, including, but not limited to: records or reports, laboratory equipment and results, and citation to the sources of information.

    3. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else’s work, including the work of other students, as the submitting student’s own. A student must not present ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use without fully acknowledging the source, unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered “common knowledge” may differ from course to course.
      1. A student must give credit to the original source whenever:
        1. Directly quoting another person’s actual words, whether oral or written;
        2. Using another person’s ideas, opinions, formulas, or theories;
        3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others;
        4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
        5. Submitting materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections
      2. A student may not submit or present as their own work materials taken in whole or part from a commercial term paper company, files or papers prepared by other persons or programs, or documents found on the internet.
    4. Interference: A student must not steal, change, destroy, or impede another student’s work, learning environment, or academic performance, nor attempt, through a bribe, promise of favors or threat, to affect any student’s grade or the evaluation of academic performance. Impeding another student’s work includes, but is not limited to, the theft, defacement, tampering with, or mutilation of resources so as to deprive others of the information they contain.

    5. Violation of Course Rules: A student must not violate course rules established by an academic unit, a department, the course syllabus, or verbal or written instructions.

    6. Facilitating Academic Misconduct: A student must not intentionally or knowingly help or attempt to help another student to commit an act of academic misconduct, nor allow another student to use their work or resources to commit an act of misconduct.

    7. Research Misconduct: A student working on a research project covered by ACA-30, Research Misconduct, must not engage in conduct that would violate ACA-30.