Academic Misconduct Policy

The faculty, staff, administration, and students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) consider academic honesty and integrity fundamental to the mission of higher education and promote the highest ethical and professional standards of behavior in the classroom. Accordingly, UAF has developed procedures that address academic misconduct. Students who violate these standards commit academic misconduct and shall be subject to academic and/or disciplinary sanctions.

UAF defines academic misconduct as attempting or helping another to obtain grades, grants, or class credit through fraudulent means. Broad categories of misconduct include cheating, plagiarizing, committing forgery or falsification, facilitating or aiding academic dishonesty, submitting duplicate assignments without the express permission of both instructors, stealing instructional materials or tests, altering grades or files and misusing research data in reporting results. An instructor may create special rules for a class and list them in the syllabus and/or in directions for assignments. Violation of class-specific rules also constitutes academic misconduct.

Additionally, University Regulation identifies the following as academic misconduct under R09.02.020[1]:

Academic dishonesty applies to examinations, assignments, laboratory reports, fieldwork, practicums, creative projects, or other academic activities. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  1. presenting as their own the ideas or works of others without proper citation of sources;
  2. utilizing devices not authorized by the faculty member;
  3. using sources (including but not limited to text, images, computer code, and audio/video files) not authorized by the faculty member;
  4. providing assistance without the faculty member’s permission to another student, or receiving assistance not authorized by the faculty member from anyone (with or without their knowledge); 09.02 7 Student Rights and Responsibilities
  5. submitting work done for academic credit in previous classes, without the knowledge and advance permission of the current faculty member;
  6. acting as a substitute or utilizing a substitute;
  7. deceiving faculty members or other representatives of the university to affect a grade or to gain admission to a program or course;
  8. fabricating or misrepresenting data;
  9. possessing, buying, selling, obtaining, or using a copy of any material intended to be used as an instrument of assessment in advance of its administration;
  10. altering grade records of their own or another student’s work;
  11. offering a monetary payment or other remuneration in exchange for a grade; or
  12. violating the ethical guidelines or professional standards of a given program.

Understanding Academic Integrity

The value of an education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks depends upon the quality of academic work and research completed by you and your fellow students. As students, your role in promoting and preserving integrity on campus is important.

Academic integrity might best be defined as doing one's own academic work without unauthorized assistance from other persons or resources. Academic integrity means that students take their coursework seriously and place significant value on learning and engagement in the classroom and while completing assignments and projects.

Engaging in academic dishonesty may result in consequences from the University such as a failing grade on the particular assignment or test, a failing grade in the course, and a range of sanctions from the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities. Current and former students applying for graduate school or government jobs may be requested by a college, university, or government agency to disclose any instances of dishonest academics for which they were found responsible for violating university policy.

Consequences of Academic Misconduct

If a student is found responsible for Academic Misconduct, the resulting sanctions will depend on the severity of the case. Additionally, faculty members and course instructors have full discretion over the resulting grades on assignments, essays, projects, and/or the final course grade.

Avoiding Plagiarism Resource Websites for Students

Below are specific examples for some of the aforementioned categories. A given activity may fall under several different categories.

Cheating: attempting to give or use materials, information, notes, study aids, or other devices not authorized by the course instructor. Examples of cheating include copying from another student's paper or receiving unauthorized assistance during a quiz, test or examination; taking an examination or test for another student; using books, notes, or other devices, such as calculators, during a quiz or test, unless authorized by the instructor; acquiring or distributing without authorization copies of tests or examinations before the scheduled exercise; and copying reports, laboratory work, or computer programs or files from other students.

Plagiarism: presenting the work of another as one's own. Examples of plagiarism include submitting as one's own work that of another student, a ghostwriter, or a commercial writing service; directly quoting from a source without acknowledgment; paraphrasing or summarizing another's work without acknowledging the source; using facts, figures, graphs, charts, or other information without acknowledging the source. Plagiarism may be verbal or written and may include computer programs and files, research designs, distinctive figures of speech, ideas and images or any other information that belongs to another person and is not acknowledged as such.

Falsification: inventing or unauthorized altering of any information or citation in an academic work. Examples of falsification include inventing or counterfeiting data or research procedures; falsely citing a source of information; altering the record of, or reporting false information about, practicum or clinical experiences; altering grade reports or other academic records; submitting a false excuse for absence or tardiness; altering a returned examination paper to obtain a better grade.

Tampering: interfering with, altering or attempting to alter academic records, grades, assignments, laboratory experiments, or class-related documents without authorization. Examples of tampering include using a computer or false-written document to change or affect the grade recorded for a student and forging the signature of a University official on a drop/add sheet or other official University records.

Reporting Process:

The process for addressing academic misconduct includes an informal and formal resolution. Additionally, it is important that incidents of academic misconduct are reported to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities to ensure that any repeated misconduct is addressed through the student conduct process.

Academic Misconduct Procedure:

When a staff member or instructor believes an academic integrity violation has occurred and notifies the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities using the online reporting form. The Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities contacts the reporter for more information. Then, the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities contacts the instructor who has several choices. These options have been agreed upon by UAF Faculty Senate. Please note this process has changed and is effective starting Fall 2017.

 

Procedures

If an instructor has reason to believe that a student has engaged in academic misconduct, the following procedures apply:

  1. Informal Resolution: The instructor shall personally and privately advise the student there is a reason to believe that the student has committed an act that constitutes academic misconduct. The student shall be allowed a reasonable opportunity to respond or explain. This communication may be conducted face to face or by phone, email, or other electronic means. This informal resolution might include sanctions agreed upon by the instructor and the student. Among the sanctions listed below, these may include options a, b or both. Options C, D and E require the formal process listed below. In this case, it is recommended that the instructor provide the student with written confirmation of the agreed-upon resolution.

  2. Formal Resolution: If the instructor has evidence that the student engaged in academic misconduct and there is no resolution through the informal process and/or the student does not fulfill the agreement made in the informal process, the instructor shall inform the student in writing of the instructor's determination and of any intended sanctions.

    In such cases, the instructor shall be limited to imposing one or more of the five sanctions listed below. The instructor shall prepare the Academic Misconduct Notification form and submit a copy to the student, department chair, dean for the College in which the course is offered, and the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities.

    Academic Sanctions: These sanctions may be imposed for academic misconduct. They are listed in no specific order, and multiple sanctions may be imposed for a single offense:

    1. Instruct the student to redo the assignment or examination or to complete an alternative or supplemental assignment;
    2. Assign a lower or failing grade on the particular assignment or examination;
    3. Assign a lower or failing grade in the course;
    4. Remove the student from the course;
    5. Report the incident to Student Conduct for review of policy violation

    Disciplinary Sanctions:
    In cases of egregious or multiple violations, the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities shall apply the further disciplinary sanctions of reporting the student for violation of the Student Code of Conduct, removing the student from a major program or college, withdrawing from the student a degree or academic credit previously bestowed and/or imposing sanctions for violation of Student Code of Conduct, which include disciplinary probation and suspension or expulsion from the University.