What is academic misconduct?

  • Cheating: Cheating includes using unauthorized sources of information and providing or receiving unauthorized assistance on any form of academic work or engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by the instructor in the course syllabus or class presentation.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism includes the copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts of another, and representing them as one’s own without proper acknowledgment, and is related only to work submitted for credit. Disciplinary action will not be taken for academic work in draft form.
  • Unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials: Unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials includes the unauthorized selling or purchasing of examinations, class notes, term papers, or other academic work; stealing another student’s work; and using information from or possessing exams that an instructor did not authorize for release to students.
  • Falsification: Falsification encompasses any untruth, either verbal or written, in one’s academic work.
  • Facilitation of any act of Academic Misconduct: Facilitation of any act of academic misconduct includes knowingly assisting another to commit an act of academic misconduct.

If you have been accused of academic misconduct and have questions about the process, refer to the Student Conduct Code or call the Student Resolution Center at (970) 491-7165.

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (TILT) has listed common questions and answers on TILT Academic Integrity Program website. Your responsibility regarding academic integrity is fully explained in the General Catalog (“Academic Integrity”).

Faculty Tip

If you suspect a student of academic misconduct and need help with the process, visit the CSU Academic Honesty and Integrity website or consult with:

Joseph Brown, PhD
The Institute for Learning and Teaching
(970) 491-2898