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Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense because it diminishes the quality of scholarship and the learning experience for everyone on campus. An act of academic dishonesty may lead to such penalties as reduction of grade, probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Definitions of Academic Dishonesty (including those in the Student Catalog)

  • Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations
  • Dependence upon the aid or sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments
  • Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty, staff or other student
  • Unauthorized collaboration on an assignment (e.g., project or homework) without permission from the instructor
  • Intentional or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information, data or citation in an academic exercise
Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty
  • Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty
Multiple Submissions
(e.g., submitting one paper to more than one class)
  • Submission of written work assigned for one course to a second course without having received prior permission from both professors
  • Use by paraphrase or direct quotations, of the published or unpublished work of another without full and clear acknowledgment
  • Unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency that may or may not be engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic material

Procedures and Possible Sanctions (include but are not limited to the following:)


  • The instructor makes initial judgment
  • The instructor reports the incident in writing within twenty working days to the student, department chair and Student Conduct in the Dean of Students Office


  • Student Conduct has the discretion to consult with the faculty member or Academic Affairs to determine if institutional sanctions should be invoked, such as suspension, expulsion, probation, verbal reprimand, or other sanctions as appropriate
  • A permanent "F" grade for the course may be assigned by the instructor that is not subject to the University's "Last Grade Stands" policy, unless altered pursuant to the MSU Denver's grade appeal procedures
  • The instructor also reserves the right to assign an appropriate grade for a specific assignment or the course as a whole


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