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We know that the standards of academic integrity aren’t always met by members of our community. The Academic Honesty policy provides formal definitions of academic dishonesty and the procedures which faculty must follow to address issues of suspected academic dishonesty. Our Policies and Procedures page  has more detail about the procedures. We also have a Guide for Instructors and a Guide for Students, where you can find guidance and important information to help you navigate the Academic Honesty Policy. 

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Academic Dishonesty is the attempt to secure unfair advantage for oneself or another in any academic exercise. 

Types of Academic Dishonesty 

  • Cheating is the use or attempted use of trickery, artifice, deception, fraud, and/or misrepresentation of one’s academic work. It includes copying answers, using assistance (including generative AI) or collaborating without instructor permission, obtaining answers or a copy of an exam before taking it, etc. 
  • Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as one’s own work. It includes failing to identify or cite quotes, failing to properly cite paraphrasing or summarizing material from another source, submitting academic work written by another, etc. 
  • Fabrication is the falsification or invention of any information or citation. It includes using invented information from a lab, misrepresenting the source of information cited, altering and resubmitting academic work without instructor permission, etc. 
  • Facilitating dishonesty is knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit any act of academic dishonesty. It includes substituting for another in an exam, allowing another to copy one’s work in an exam or academic exercise, etc. 

What are the consequences of academic dishonesty? 

Academic Integrity is the foundation of academic work at our institution--violating the Academic Honesty policy has serious consequences. Consequences can range from: resubmitting work; completing additional assignments; grade penalties on assignments, exams, or courses; failure of a course; University Sanctions such as probation, deferred suspension, or suspension.  

Instructors lead the process when they suspect a student has violated the academic honesty policy. View our page on Policy & Procedures to learn more about the processes for resolving incidents of academic dishonesty.  

Academic dishonesty is also harmful to your own education, as it encourages bad habits and limits your opportunities to learn. The best way to avoid consequences is to read the policy and follow it closely.


Academic Honesty Office 

The Academic Honesty Office advises all concerned parties (i.e., students, instructors) about their rights and responsibilities under the Academic Honesty policy. We remain neutral, as we advise both students and instructors on policy and procedure. As process manager for Academic Honesty, we also maintain all records related to Academic Honesty on campus, and coordinate and schedule any hearings related to the policy. 

We can provide resources, clarification, and support to anyone navigating the Academic Honesty policy and process. We can answer questions via email, phone, or schedule meetings (phone, Zoom, or in-person). 

Contact us at @email or 413-577-6767 with any questions or to schedule a meeting. Please note that we cannot accommodate walk-in meetings at this time. 

Check out the Academic Honesty Board page for more information on the board, including how to join! 

Looking for a confidential resource? The Ombuds Office is a unique place on campus, where all community members can talk confidentially and “off the record” about any concern, issue, or conflict.