Watch out! Other Serious Academic Integrity Violations

Overview and Objectives:

This section describes other types of violations that might occur.  They may seem obvious to some students, but not everyone is aware that they are unacceptable. 

Upon completion of this section, you should be able to:

Unauthorized Use of Study Aids in an Exam:

The obvious examples of unauthorized study aids are:

This type of academic integrity violation can be confusing. Different instructors may have their own expectations of what constitutes an ‘authorized’ vs. ‘unauthorized’ study aid.  You can avoid this type of academic integrity violation by assuming all work submitted for credit is to be completed without using any materials unless they were described in the course syllabus or on the individual assignment instructions.  If there is any doubt, you should ask the instructor before using study aids to complete an assignment.

Unauthorized Test Possession, Purchase or Supplying

Some offenses in this category are obviously dishonest. For example:

In other cases, it may not be as clear that possession is unauthorized. For example, you might obtain a copy of an old exam from a friend without realizing that the friend had failed to return the exam to his instructor as required.

In online courses, answer keys are sometimes provided immediately after you have submitted an exam, but copying or sharing such an answer key, or allowing someone else to do so, would be a breach of academic integrity.

Before accepting any test materials prior to an exam, you should make every effort to be sure that these materials have been made available to all students in the course with the instructor's awareness and permission.

Submitting Work Previously Used without Receiving the Instructor’s Permission

You should not submit work completed in another course or assignment without first receiving the instructor's permission. 

By turning in a work that originated as the result of a previous learning experience, you’re essentially earning credit for a second experience that never happened.  Although you’re not misappropriating another person’s intellectual property, you would be misrepresenting your learning, which makes this an act of academic dishonesty.

That means that without instructor permission, you cannot:

In some cases an instructor will grant you permission to submit work that originated in another course or even in the same class (e.g., the instructor tells you to revise a paper and resubmit it for additional credit).  You accept full responsibility for understanding the faculty members’ instructions and must follow them completely.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty is defined as “purposely assisting another student with an assignment(s) by providing them with unauthorized/unapproved access to information related to the assignment or by providing them with previously completed work for the purpose of submitting it as their own.”

This basically means, you can’t help someone else cheat, copy, or otherwise commit an academic integrity violation. This could play out in a variety of ways. All of them are in themselves academic integrity violations:

Altering Exams or Assignments:

You cannot change the content of an exam or an assignment that has already been graded. This violation may take many forms, including the following:

Again, you're smart!!  You don't need to do any of these things to be successful!!