Academic Integrity

Student holding a book in libraryWhy it matters…

Since education systems around the world can vary quite dramatically it is extremely important that you learn what is and what is not acceptable when it comes to your academics while at UAF. What can be seen as perfectly acceptable in some countries (example: sharing of information without citation or turning in the same paper for two different classes) can be unacceptable and even illegal here in the US and can very quickly get you into serious academic trouble and put your immigration status in jeopardy. Please read the following information so that you are aware of what is not allowed when completing an academic exercise.

Academic Dishonesty
With its status as a world-class research institution, it is critical that the University uphold the highest standards of integrity both inside and outside the classroom. As a student and member of the UAF community, you are expected to demonstrate integrity in all of your academic endeavors. Accordingly, when accusations of academic dishonesty occur, The Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability and/or the Office of Research Integrity are charged with investigating and adjudicating suspected violations.

Academic dishonesty, includes, but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions or facilitating academic misconduct.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids during any academic exercise; the alteration of any answers on a graded document before submitting it for regarding; or the failure to observe the expressed procedures or instructions of an academic exercise (e.g., examination instructions regarding alternate seating or conversation during an examination).

Fabrication includes, but is not limited to, falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of another's words or ideas as if they were one's own, including but not limited to representing, either with the intent to deceive or by the omission of the true source, part of or an entire work produced by someone other than the student, obtained by purchase or otherwise, as the student's original work or representing the identifiable but altered ideas, data, or writing of another person as if those ideas, data, or writing were the student’s original work.

Multiple Submissions
Multiple submissions includes, but is not limited to, the resubmission by a student of any work which has been previously submitted for credit in identical or similar form in one course to fulfill the requirements of a second course, without the informed permission/consent of the instructor of the second course; or the submission by a student of any work submitted for credit in identical or similar form in one course to fulfill the requirements of a concurrent course, without the permission/consent of the instructors of both courses.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
Facilitating academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, knowingly helping another student commit an act of academic misconduct (e.g., cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions).

Coercion Regarding Grading or Evaluation of Coursework

Threatening personal or professional repercussions or discipline against an instructor to coerce the instructor to change a grade or otherwise evaluate the student's work by criteria not directly reflective of coursework.

Students are responsible for being aware of and following University policies.

If you have any question at all, students may contact the Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability, Office of Research Integrity and/or their specific faculty advisor for advice concerning these policies.

For the official UAF policy on academic misconduct and the Student Code of Conduct go to the UAF Catalog and the Board of Regents Policy (PDF).