The materials on this website are resources to assist you in better understanding and addressing academic integrity issues. To answer specific questions or discuss an issue in more detail, email Dean of Students Blaine Eckles or call (208) 885-6757.
Academic integrity is the cornerstone value of learning. The University of Idaho is a proud member of The Center for Academic Integrity to provide faculty, staff and students access to tools, information and support to promote a climate of honesty and integrity on campus. Faculty, staff and student leaders have important responsibilities to contribute to this effort in creating an academic culture that celebrates honesty, fairness and trust.
What is Academic Dishonesty?
Cheating constitutes behavior that uses or attempts to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise that would result in an unfair advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise. Cheating includes, is not limited to:
- Unauthorized copying of class assignment, including examinations, before, during, or after the assignment, either for your own use or for the use of others;
- Depending on or providing the aid of sources not authorized by the faculty member in preparing exams, writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
- Acquiring, without permission, any assignment or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff;
- Creating, keeping, or using unauthorized collections of assignments;
- Having someone else complete a class assignment in your place;
- Completing a class assignment for someone else;
- Assisting other in acts of academic misconduct through the facilitation of behavior of behavior which would violate the Student Code of Conduct for academic misconduct.
Plagiarism includes the using of ideas, data, or language of another as one’s own without specific or proper acknowledgement or citation, lack of knowledge of proper citation is not valid excuse for plagiarism as it is the responsibility of the author writing the material to know the proper methods for appropriate citation and/or seek guidance/help when using another’s work.
Plagiarism can be committed in any type of assignment and includes, but is not limited to, the following behavior that also does not include the full, clear and proper acknowledgement of the original source:
- The copying of another person’s work, published or unpublished;
- The paraphrase of another person’s work, published or unpublished;
- Using another person’s ideas, arguments, and/or thesis from a published or unpublished work;
- Using another person’s research from a published or unpublished work;
- Using materials prepared by a person or agency in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
Fabrication includes the unauthorized falsification, invention of information, or the submitting of contrived or altered information in an academic exercise. Examples of fabrication include, but are not limited to:
- Making up data for an experiment;
- Citing nonexistent articles;
- Creating false journal entries;
- Contriving sources.
Multiple submissions violations include submitting, without prior permission from the course instructor, any work previously submitted to fulfill another academic requirements. Students who turn in substantial portions of the same academic work to more than one course without prior permission of the faculty will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct for multiple submissions.
Academic misconduct for misrepresentations of academic records include falsifying, tampering or attempting to tamper with any portion of a student’s transcripts or academic record, either before or after coming to the University of Idaho.
Students should complete all academic coursework and assignments on their own, unless otherwise instructed or granted permission by the instructor. Working with others on an assignment unless it has been explicitly permitted by the faculty member is not allowed.
Research misconduct, which includes but is not limited to, sabotage of another’s experiment or research and/or fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.