Other Types of Violations of Academic Integrity

Most students are familiar with the concepts of cheating and plagiarism but below is a more comprehensive list of what constitutes a violation of academic integrity at AUC.

Generally, academic fraud and dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following categories: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions, obtaining unfair advantage, aiding and abetting and unauthorized access to academic or administrative systems.

1. Cheating: Using unauthorized notes, aids or information on an examination; altering a graded work prior to its return to a faculty member; allowing another person to do one's own work and submitting it for grading.

2. Plagiarism: Submitting material that in part or whole is not one's own work; submitting one's own work without properly attributing the correct sources of its content.

3. Fabrication: Inventing or falsifying information, data or citation; presenting data gathered outside of acceptable professorial guidelines; failing to provide an accurate account of how information, data or citations were gathered; altering documents affecting academic records; forging signatures or authorizing false information on an official academic document, grade, letter, form, ID card or any other University document; submitting false excuses for absence, delay or illness.

4. Multiple Submissions: Submitting identical papers or course work for credit in more than one course without prior permission of the instructor.

5. Obtaining Unfair Advantage:

  • Gaining or providing access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by an instructor
  • Stealing, defacing or destroying library or research materials which can deprive others of their use
  • Unauthorized collaboration on an academic assignment
  • Retaining, possessing or circulating previously used examination materials without the instructor's permission
  • Obstructing or interfering with another student's academic work
  • Engaging in any activity designed to obtain an unfair advantage over another student in the same course
  • Offering bribery to staff or any University employee to effect a grade change, or gain unfair advantage over other students

6. Unauthorized Access: Viewing or altering in any way computer records, modifying computer programs or systems, releasing or distributing information gathered via unauthorized access, or in any way interfering with the use or availability of computer systems/information.

7. Aiding and Abetting: Providing material, information or other assistance which violates the above Standards for Academic Integrity; providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity.

8. Impersonation: Impersonating or allowing oneself to be impersonated by another individual during classes, examination or other University activities.

9. Threatening harm: Threatening, effecting, or encouraging bodily, professional or financial harm to any faculty, staff, administrator or student who has witnessed or reported a violation of the Code of Academic Ethics.

10. Misconduct: Behaving in a manner that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the AUC community (disrupting meetings or activities, unruly behavior, etc).

11. Copyright infringement: Using copyrighted materials (print, electronic or multimedia) in a manner that violates international copyright laws.

(the “Definition of Standards” page above has been reproduced and adapted with the permission of Belmont University, May 2003)

Remember penalities for some of these violations can be applied retro-actively. This means that if you allow someone to copy a paper that you submitted some semesters ago and it turns up on a plagiarism check on turnitin ( a database which stores all student papers submitted by students at AUC), you can be failed retroactively for the course for which you submitted the original paper. Or more seriously, if you plagiarize a thesis and the violation is discovered after-the-fact, it is possible to revoke your degree.