Policies: Academic Integrity

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To help students achieve their full potential and protect the integrity of the whole student body, the behavior of UW-Eau Claire students is governed by UW System codes. A complete copy of the Student Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Procedures code may be found here.

This document dictates the disciplinary action against students who engage in academic misconduct such as plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration on academic projects, or cheating. Students bear the responsibility for the academic integrity of their work. In an effort to help students avoid the traps of plagiarism, we have provided the following valuable information about plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the act of stating or implying that another person’s work is your own. The following is a list of possible ways you commit plagiarism:

  • Submit a paper to be graded or reviewed that you have not written on your own.
  • Copy answers or text from another classmate and submit it as your own.
  • Quote or paraphrase from another paper without crediting the original author.
  • Cite data without crediting the original source.
  • Propose another author’s idea as if it were your own.
  • Fabricating references or using incorrect references.
  • Submitting someone else’s presentation, program, spreadsheet, or other file with only minor alterations.

Because we, as a campus community, value academic integrity, when you commit plagiarism you hurt yourself and the community in the following ways:

  • You fail to learn and practice skills that may be needed in your future careers. You also deny yourself to opportunity to receive honest feedback on how to improve your skills and performance.
  • You invite future employers and faculty to question your integrity and performance in general.
  • You commit fraud on faculty who are evaluating your work.
  • You deprive another author due credit for his or her work.
  • You show disrespect for your peers who have done their own work.

To avoid plagiarism, please ask an instructor or contact a tutor in the Academic Skills Center for clarification on citations and source information.

What to Do if You've Been Accused of Academic Misconduct

If you feel you have been falsely accused of academic misconduct, you have the right to a hearing within ten days of the allegation. To request a hearing, contact the Dean of Students Office at 715-836-2325 or stop in Schofield 240. The staff will take the necessary steps to convene the Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee and shall schedule the hearing within ten days of receipt of the request or written report, unless a different time period is mutually agreed upon by the student, instructor, or investigating officer, and the members of the hearing committee. The Academic Misconduct Hearing Committee is made up of three students and three faculty members. This committee will hear from both the instructor and the student, ask follow up questions, and then deliberate in private. The results of the committee’s deliberations will be sent to the student at their address of record within one week. If suspension or expulsion is recommended, a student has the right to appeal to the Chancellor within ten days.

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