Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty

  • Let your students know from the beginning of the course what the consequences of cheating will be
  • Anticipate the ways students may cheat
  • Do not accuse a student of cheating unless you have a definitive proof!
    • What actions would be considered cheating
    • What measures would be taken against such actions

Academic Dishonesty:

Missouri S&T’s "Student Academic Regulations" handbook is available online at

Page 30 of the Student Academic Regulations handbook describes the student standard of conduct relative to the System's Collected Rules and Regulations section 200.010, and offers descriptions of academic dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism or sabotage. Additional guidance for faculty, including a description of the process for dealing with issues related to academic dishonesty, is available on-line.

Academic Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer.

a. The term cheating includes but is not limited to:

(i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; (iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.

b. The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference; (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; or (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.

c. The term sabotage includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized interference with, modification of, or destruction of the work or intellectual property of another member of the University community. Beginning on page 24 of this document is a description of the rules and procedures relative to adjudicating student conduct, including informal and formal dispositions.

Following are the steps to follow when dealing with these issues:

1. When dealing with student academic dishonesty issues, departments are encouraged to emphasize "due process" rather than "punishment" by first seeking an informal disposition for each situation. Most commonly, a resolution may be achieved between the instructor and the student with the assistance of the department chair.

2. The student may be requested to meet with those directly involved in the situation (such as the instructor, the chair, the advisor or others) to inform and explain to the student how his/her conduct has given rise to his/her situation. In many cases, this process results in the student receiving judgment (for example a failing grade on the specific assignment) or some other teaching/guiding assignment to benefit the student's understanding of the desired conduct.

3. In all cases where academic dishonesty occurs, a letter of notification describing the incident should be provided to the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 105 Norwood Hall. This process is important in dealing with repeat offenders.

For issues that cannot be resolved via informal disposition, the University System’s applicable rules and regulations regarding formal dispositions are deployed.