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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Types of Academic Dishonesty

Honesty is the solid foundation of good academic work.

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating

CHEATING is the most commonly recognized form of academically dishonest behavior.

Cheating goes beyond just copying a classmate's exam answers, storing answers on your cell, or using a cheat sheet. Giving or offering information in examinations is also cheating.

Submitting someone else's work as your own is dishonest.

Using any device, implement, or other forms of study aid during an examination, quiz, laboratory experiment, or any other academic exercise without the faculty member's permission is a form of cheating. This includes using notes or a textbook, using Google to find answers, or allowing someone else to complete your work online.                       Hands, one holding a cheat sheet, and the other holding a pencil.

TRUE STORY David Tomar is a former essay mill writer. Tomar made a living as an academic ghost writer from 2001 to 2011. Since promoting academic dishonesty, he has focused on exposing failures in American education and ways to reform it. Read the interview here.


Academic Dishonesty: Unauthorized Collaboration-Collusion

Collusion can include working with an individual or individuals when independent work is assigned and it is a form of academic dishonesty.

Faculty may sometimes assign students to work in teams; however, be sure to check with your instructor about guidelines.

TRUE STORY 125 Harvard students were accused of and investigated for collaborating on a take-home final exam. The only rule for the exam was not to work together. Cheating was the ruling and almost half of those students were forced to withdraw from college for a year. Click here to read the full story.

Academic Dishonesty: Falsifying Results & Misrepresenting

Falsifying results in studies or experiments is a serious form of academic dishonesty.

Students, often frustrated with case studies or experiments, sometimes tempts them to make up results. Getting caught falsifying results has major consequences.

Misrepresenting yourself or your research is dishonest. Inflating credentials, omitting inconvenient results, or claiming that a study proves something that it does not are all forms of misrepresentation.

TRUE STORY A student claimed to be a researcher and promoted his incorrect research on the cost of a Big Mac if minimum wage was raised. Huffington Post, NY Times, and other news outlets published his story, but then had to publish retractions. Click here to read.