Academic misconduct may result in grade reduction and/or other serious penalties.

Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • presenting someone else's written or spoken words or ideas as your own;
  • using direct quotes with no quotation marks;
  • paraphrasing without crediting the source or in some other way suggesting someone else's work is yours;
  • copying all or part of someone else's exam, homework, etc.;
  • knowingly allowing another student to copy your work or to submit your work as their own;
  • misrepresenting your contribution in a group project;
  • referring to notes, texts, etc. during a closed book exam;
  • collaborating with others on a take-home exam when directed not to do so.

Faculty in the College of Education who detect academic misconduct should report the action to their departmental chair with a statement of necessary facts. The department and the instructor concerned may also submit recommendations in each case for appropriate disciplinary action. If disciplinary action is going to be taken, it should be done in consultation with the appropriate Associate Dean in the College of Education.

  • For graduate students, contact the Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs  (N201 LC, 335-5261).
  • For undergraduates, contact the Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Student Services in the College of Education (N201 LC, 335-5437).

Disciplinary action may take the form of a reduction of points on the work involved, lowering a course grade, or more serious action, up to and including expulsion from the university. The student should be given notice of concerns and an opportunity to respond prior to disciplinary action being imposed. 

Graduate Students

In the case of graduate students, faculty should consult the section on “Plagiarism by Graduate Students” in the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College (Part 1, Section IV. F.). Written notification of the offense and any pending action must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Graduate Student Development of the Graduate College by the Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs of the College of Education.


In the case of undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts, faculty should consult the Code of Academic Honesty and the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the College of Liberal Arts Academic Policies Handbook before any action is taken. If disciplinary action (lowering a grade, etc.) is going to be taken, a written report of such pending action must be filed with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Liberal Arts by the Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Student Services in the College of Education.

The intent of this policy is to make sure all action which is being considered is consistent with university policy and that all university officials having an official duty are informed and have been consulted prior to the time the student involved is notified.

Please review a related policy: Cross Enrollment Policy

(November 2022)