Understanding Academic Misconduct
At Purdue Fort Wayne, we place high importance on academic conduct. Maintaining good academic character is crucial to sustaining the integrity of our degrees and credits offered. When academic misconduct happens, it affects you, your fellow students, the faculty, and the university as an institution. Thus, it is important for us to keep high standards in upholding academic integrity.
Know What Qualifies
We define academic misconduct as any act that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the university or subvert the educational process. This includes the following examples:
- Cheating (using or attempting to use any unauthorized materials, assistance, study aids, or information in any academic exercise). Examples include unauthorized collaboration or copying on a test or assignment, using texts or materials that aren’t allowed, and using your cell phone or the internet (unauthorized) during an academic exercise.
- Plagiarism (representing someone else’s words or ideas as your own). Examples include using someone else’s work, then passing it off as your own; and working on an academic exercise jointly, then presenting it as your own without proper documentation or citations.
- Falsification (creating or fabricating any information). Examples include altering or falsifying information or research found, citing fictitious references, and altering answers on graded assignments or tests.
- Assisting (helping another person engage in academic misconduct). Examples include doing someone else’s work for them by accepting bribery or payment; selling your work to others; and altering someone’s work, grades, or academic records.
- Submitting your work more than once (submission of your previously completed work for a separate course without proper disclosure or instructor’s approval).