Academic Dishonesty

At some point you may encounter cheating or plagiarism in your course. Instructors should define both cheating and plagiarism and provide students with examples appropriate to their field or discipline. Information about academic dishonesty must also be included in the course syllabus.

Board Rule 4.01 defines and prohibits academic dishonesty, which includes cheating and plagiarism. Procedure 5026 outlines the steps that instructors must follow when they encounter academic dishonesty. It is very important to closely follow the procedure. The materials below have been designed to guide you through the process. As always, your associate dean or dean are more than happy to help assist you.

Cheating Case Checklist
This checklist details the steps instructors must follow when dealing with cheating. Print it out and use it to help you navigate the process.

Plagiarism Case Checklist
This checklist details the steps instructors must follow when dealing with plagiarism. Print it out and use it to help you navigate the process.

Syllabus Information
Procedure 1001 requires that instructors include in their syllabus their policy regarding academic dishonesty, including penalties. It also requires that instructors include a statement if they intend to use the PAL Originality Check feature and/or Turnitin.com. This document contains statements for use in your syllabus.

Student Notification Letter – Cheating Cases
Student Notification Letter – Plagiarism Cases 
Procedure 5026 requires that instructors notify students of their decision in writing. Use this letter as a template and modify as appropriate.

Board Rule 4.01
Board Rule 4.01 defines and prohibits academic dishonesty.

Procedure 5026
Procedure 5026 explains the procedure for handling a cheating or plagiarism case.

Grade Appeal for Academic Dishonesty Request (Procedure 5026, Attachment 1)
Students have the right to appeal an instructor’s decision regarding cheating or plagiarism. This package explains the process and contains the necessary forms.