Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the course instructor.

Academic dishonesty includes but is not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Cheating or knowingly assisting another student in committing an act of cheating or other academic dishonesty.
  • Plagiarism which includes but is not necessarily limited to submitting examinations, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes or other material as one's own work when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person.
  • Unauthorized possession of examinations or reserve library materials, or laboratory materials or experiments or any other similar actions.
  • Unauthorized changing of grades or markings on an examination or in an instructor's grade book or similar change of any grade report.

The University has specific academic dishonesty administrative procedures. Although policy states that cases of academic dishonesty must be reported to the Office of the Provost for possible action, the instructor may assign a failing grade for the assignment or a failing grade for the course, or may adjust the grade as deemed appropriate. The instructor also may require the student to repeat the assignment or to perform additional assignments.

For more information see MU Academic Integrity.