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Office of Student Conduct and Care

Values and standards.

The Office of Student Conduct and Care promotes responsibility and encourages honesty, integrity, and respect among Purdue Fort Wayne students and the campus community. We accomplish our mission through education, the promotion of compliance to behavioral standards, and the support of individual rights. Our work helps enhance the quality of the university and community environment. 

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Personal misConduct and standards

Honesty, integrity, and respect.

Purdue Fort Wayne values intellectual integrity and the highest standards of academic and behavioral conduct. Academic and behavioral misconduct undermines institutional integrity and threatens the academic fabric of the university. 

Fostering an appreciation for standards and values is a shared responsibility among students, faculty, and staff. The Student Handbook offers insightful information, various resources, and an understanding of the PFW community expectations. 

The Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct protects your rights as a student and outlines your responsibilities to the campus community. If you have any questions about the conduct process, please review the student code. The Student Handbook also offers knowledge on the Student Code and other resources. 

Students are referred by a wide range of people, including but not limited to faculty, staff, government agencies, general community members, other colleges or universities, parents or family, peers, and the University Police. Any incidents that could be alleged violations of the code are typically referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Care. These incidents could occur on campus or off campus.

Our conduct process is designed to be educational and restorative in nature. Sanctions are not considered a punishment for a student’s actions or behavior. Sanctions are imposed to help students to (a) make better decisions in the future; (b) understand how their choices impacted the community; (c) deter them from future, similar behavior; and (d) help restore the community or other individuals impacted.


The Office of Student Conduct and Care maintains the disciplinary record of students referred to the university who are in some way involved in a potential violation of the student code. Certifications are forms or requests that are completed by the Office of Student Conduct and Care, certifying whether a student has or had a disciplinary record during their time at Purdue Fort Wayne. These forms may be completed for the following reasons: 

  • Transfer applications 
  • Graduate school applications 
  • Medical school applications 
  • Law school applications 
  • Government job applications 

Students or third parties may submit forms to be completed to the Office of Student Conduct and Care through mail or email.

Office of Student Conduct and Care 
Walb Student Union, Room 111 
2101 East Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805 

[email protected]

academic misconduct

What you need to know.

All instances of academic misconduct must be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Care. These forms may be used by instructors during the process:

Academic Misconduct Charge Letter [PDF]
Academic Misconduct Outcome Letter [PDF]
Checklist for Academic Misconduct [PDF]

Academic Misconduct Reporting Form

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).

Careful attention to your own academic duties is the best way to avoid allegations of academic dishonesty. Review your courses’ syllabi and make sure that you understand your instructors’ expectations and responses regarding academic dishonesty. The following tips may help you avoid problems:

  • Do not look around, particularly in the direction of other students’ papers, during an exam, as it may appear that you are trying to copy from others.
  • If you are allowed to take materials into a testing site, make sure that no notes or materials are exposed or accessible that could cause one to believe that you are using unauthorized aids. 
  • Should there be any doubt, clarify with your instructor how much collaboration, if any, is permitted or expected when working on projects or assignments with other students.
  • Since it is impossible to write everything with complete originality, use quotation marks, footnotes, and parenthetical textual notes to acknowledge other people’s words or ideas employed in your paper. Check with your instructor for proper techniques for citations and attribution if you have any doubts.
  • Do not share your current or former assignments, projects, papers, etc., with other students to use as guides for their work. Such a practice could lead to claims of collaboration if part or all of your work is lifted by another student. Sometimes friendly assistance may escalate into claims of blatant dishonesty.
  • Check with your instructor before turning in a paper or project you submitted in another course. 
  • When completing take-home exams, do not collaborate with other persons unless approved by the instructor.