What is Academic Honesty?

Academic honesty refers to the use of one’s own thoughts and materials when writing papers, taking tests and other classroom related activities.

Academic honesty is expected of all students in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and all transactions with the college. Academic dishonesty has serious consequences and can lead to course failure, denial of registration in courses in the college, probation, disqualification (by the student’s college) or dismissal.

Examples of Dishonesty

  • Falsification of authorship in academic work or portions of work submitted as one’s own.
  • Submitting the same (or close to the same) paper to different courses without express permission of all instructors.
  • Other acts of cheating, forgery, plagiarism and dishonesty which are prohibited in the instructions, announcements, and rules dealing with tests, papers and other forms of academic work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Browse our page on writing tips for students to learn more.


  • Faculty may assign a failing grade for a portion of the course or the entire course in the case of academic dishonesty. If further action is recommended by a faculty member or a department, the student will be notified of an academic administrative hearing in the college prior to further college action.
  • Possible action after the hearing includes probation or disqualification for liberal arts and sciences students and referral to other colleges for academic dishonesty on the part of students from other colleges. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to initiate additional actions at the university level such as dismissal.

Academic Honesty Resources